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La‘au Lapa‘au licensing a bad idea

April 7, 2011
Maui Weekly

This is in regard to recent news publications about the proposed program at the University of Hawai‘i. I don’t think this is a very good idea, because it distracts from the ancient history of La‘au Lapa‘au training given to our modern day practitioners by their ancestors. To be issued a “license” after four years of college classes makes me wonder about it.

Our modern-day practitioners have spent many years training both in the “classroom” and out in the field searching for their la‘au. This is the training they received from their elders.

I question how the “professors” received their knowledge that enables them to “teach” in the classroom at the university. We are not privy to this information.

Now, after four years of college, these students can receive a “license” to practice after an examination by a board of “experts” we know nothing about at this time. Further, nothing is said about an “internship” after graduation. What—not important?



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