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Krista Steinfeld and Hawaiian La`au Lapa`au

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the Allied Health students at Hawai`i Technology Institute were treated to an evening learning about Hawaiian medicine – La`au Lapa`au – from one of Hawai`i’s youngest but quite knowledgable instructors in the field, Krista Steinfeld.  Ms. Steinfeld is the newest addition to the faculty and staff at Windward Community College, having rerouted from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa’s Kamakakuokalani – Center for Hawaiian Studies.  As a member of Ahahui La`au Lapa`au as well as on her own, Krista has traveled throughout her island home talking story with anyone and everyone who is interested about the phenomenal world of Hawaiian medicine.


Students in HTI’s Medical Assisting Diploma Program, Medical Assisting Certificate Program, and Pharmacy Technician Program learned about the Seven Laws of Health (five physical laws and four spiritual) as well as about historical information about the overall health and well-being of ancient and present-day Hawaiians.  Ms. Steinfeld spoke, sans any footwear, to the group of 31 students, faculty and staff and joined the learning community for preceding pot luck.


The pot luck was based on `Ae Pono – foods that are good for people to eat, and the spread contained foodstuffs, such as, Baked Furikake Salmon, Shoyu Chicken (made with sodium-free soy sauce), various salads, Chicken Long Rice, Greek Salad Wraps and other healthy dishes.


A good time was had by all.


 HTI is a proponent of Healthy Living and shares guidelines for health and well-being with all students, visitors and faculty and staff, via guest speakers, for example, such as Ms. Steinfeld.  For more information about La`au Lapa`au Workshops or having Ms. Steinfeld as a guest speaker, contact HTI at 522.2700.  Plan to leave your phone number or an email address so Ms. Steinfeld can contact you.