October 7, 2020

The third volume of Nānā i ke Kumu, which has just been published by the Lil’uokalani Trustpresents foundational Hawaiian values and restorative traditions associated with grieving and healing practices. Some 15 years in the making, the book describes the use of Hawaiian cultural traditions to resolve and heal from modern-day family conflicts and social problems.

Val Kalei Kanuha, assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the School of Social Work, is one of four authors on the project. Co-authors are: Lynette K. Paglinawan, Richard Paglinawan and Dennis Kauahi. 

The book’s title Nānā i ke Kumu means “Look to the source.” Says Kanuha: “This volume reflects the collective wisdom of notable Hawaiian kupuna (elders) who were mentored by Mary Kawena Pukui, considered the most prominent Hawaiian scholar and cultural practitioner of Native Hawaiian knowledge and traditions.”

The 156-page volume encourages Hawaiians to honor, preserve, and practice their traditional ways, while also providing a rich resource for social workers, teachers, clergy, medical practitioners, law enforcement and community leaders who work with Hawaiian families and individuals to understand, integrate and preserve Hawaiian cultural values and practices for health and well-being.

A book-launch virtual event with the four authors and artist ʻĪmaikalani Kalāhele will be held Friday, Oct. 9, 3– 5 p.m. PT. Register here. Copies of the book are now available at Na Mea Hawaii.