Lā'au lapa'au

All bus up? Learn about Hawaiian healing plants at Puhi, Kauaʻi.

Unit lesson

Lāʻau Lapaʻau

Video Questions

1) What are some Hawaiian plants that have healing qualities?

2) Why are natural remedies sometimes a good way to get feeling better?

3) If you scraped your knee and wanted to try ʻulu sap instead of a band-aid, where would you go to find an ʻulu tree? What part of the ʻulu tree would you use?

4) What kind of lāʻau lapaʻau would be useful for treating sores or cuts? How about pains and bruises? How are these plants used?

5) Why do you think ʻAnakala Sean refers to lāʻau lapaʻau as his “friends”?

6) Next time you go to recess, look around the schoolyard to see if there are any lāʻau lapaʻau. Tell your friends about what makes the plants unique and how to show proper respect.


Video Vocabulary

1) ʻanakala
a word borrowed from English, a Hawaiian pronunciation of “uncle”

2) maʻi
sick, ill

3) lāʻau lapaʻau
medicinal, herbal healing

4) paʻakai

5) versatile
having many uses

6) ʻulu

7) ʻōhiʻa ʻai
mountain apple

8) pule

9) ke Akua


Guiding Questions