Lāʻau Lapaʻau is the traditional Hawaiian healing practice using medicines. Practically every part of the honua (earth) is used for medicine — fresh water, sea water, trees, roots, shrubs, plants of the sea, corals, rain water, and mists of the sky. Ancient Kahuna Lapaʻau therapies were documented as effective by Kings Kamehameha V and Kalākaua as well as by the Bishop Museum. Practitioners today continue the tradition.
Lomilomi is the practice of physical therapy and massage. Traditionally in ancient Hawaiʻi lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:
As a healing practice of native healers — kahuna lāʻau lapaʻau (healers) and kahuna hāhā (diagnosticians)
As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (aliʻi)
As restorative massage within the family
By ʻōlohe lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial arts)
The landmark book on the subject is Na Mo’olelo Lomilomi: Traditions of Hawaiian Massage and Healing (Bishop Museum). Traditional lomilomi is perpetuated by the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association.
Martial arts – Lua
Lua is the traditional martial art of Hawaiian warriors. Peter is a devotee of Lua, and belongs to Pā Kui A Holo. His induction training was under Nā ʻŌlohe (grand masters) Eli Mitchell, Tommy Kaulukukui, and Billy Richards. The landmark book on the subject is Lua: The Art of the Hawaiian Warrior.