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In the Footsteps of Ancestors : Holistic Healing at Kaʻala Farm Cultural Learning Center, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi

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dc.contributor.author Kato, Masahide T.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-30T00:40:12Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-30T00:40:12Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Kato, Masahide T.. 2022. "In the Footsteps of Ancestors: Holistic Healing at Ka‘ala Farm Cultural Learning Center, O‘ahu, Hawai ‘i." <em>The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society</em> 13 (1): 83-98. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v13i01/83-98.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10790/7102
dc.description.abstract Based on ethnographic work at the Kaʻala Farm Cultural Learning Center on the island of Oʻahu, this paper explores the role land-based cultural revitalization plays in the healing of the aboriginal people of Hawai'i or Kanaka Maoli (“true human being”) under prolonged colonization and occupation. Since its inception in the late 1970s when the teachers and students of a Hawaiian alternative school began the restoration of the ancient kalo (taro) terrace as part of its educational activities, Kaʻala Farm has served the larger community in facilitating land based cultural learning through participation in traditional kalo farming. The research focuses on the process of healing at Kaʻala’ Farm observed by the Kaʻala Farm directors and staff and the coordinators of the programs for elementary school students, at risk high school students, early college students, college students, and survivors of substance abuse and incarceration. Based on the data collected through interview and participant observation methods in their interface with previous research in other aboriginal communities, the paper identifies the significant factors in the healing process as follows: cultural protocol, practices and values, place and ecosystem-based knowledge, reconnection with ancestors in various forms, and spirituality. Through Kaʻala Farm’s pedagogical and communal farming activities, the participants experience a spontaneous self-directed discovery of aboriginal cultural values and cosmology as a process of holistic healing. The research finds that such an organic process of self-discovery allows the participants to reconnect with the wholeness of life, overcoming the social and existential fragmentation wrought by colonization and belligerent occupation.
dc.format.extent 19 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
dc.subject Aboriginal Healing Practices
dc.subject Land-Based Healing
dc.subject Hawaiian Cosmology
dc.subject Colonization and Occupation
dc.title In the Footsteps of Ancestors : Holistic Healing at Kaʻala Farm Cultural Learning Center, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v13i01/83-98
prism.publicationname The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
prism.volume 13
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 83
prism.endingpage 98
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