As part of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health celebration of its 10th year, and as a rededication of commitment to the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians, the Department is constructing an Ahu Ola in the JABSOM Mala La‘au Lapa‘au (Healing Garden).

An Ahu traditionally defined as a mound, alter, or shrine is constructed entirely of stone utilizing Hawaiian masonry techniques and serves as a point of contemplation and reflection. The specific purpose of this Ahu Ola will be the betterment of Native Hawaiian health for the individual and the collective Hawai’i Maoli (Hawaiian People). The intent is for students, faculty, staff, and guests who visit the garden and the Ahu to be re-inspired, and revived on their personal path to health and as they facilitate health and well-being for others.

The Department’s community partner Papahana Kuaola, led by Kapaliku Schirman will be constructing the Ahu in early March. The Department would like to invite all alumni who share in the commitment to restore the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians to participate by bringing a pōhaku (stone) about the size of a softball from your ‘āina (home, special place) to be included in the Ahu. The pōhaku can be left under the Ulu (Breadfruit) tree in the JABSOM Mala La‘au Lapa‘au at any time before March 1st.

Our pictured pōhaku from ‘aina of faculty & staff (Nu’uanu, Waimanalo, & Nepal) held by Dr. Gregory Maskarinec, Dr. Dee-Ann Carpenter, and Research Assistant Chace Moleta.

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