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

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.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. en_US
dc.format.extent 19 pages en_US
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. en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v13i01/83-98
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10790/7102
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society en_US
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 en_US
dc.subject Land-Based Healing en_US
dc.subject Hawaiian Cosmology en_US
dc.subject Colonization and Occupation en_US
dc.title In the Footsteps of Ancestors : Holistic Healing at Kaʻala Farm Cultural Learning Center, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.endingpage 98 en_US
prism.number 1 en_US
prism.publicationname The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society en_US
prism.startingpage 83 en_US
prism.volume 13 en_US
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