At the core, using plants, the ocean, water, and places to heal is a Native Hawaiian tradition.
Growing up and raising my children in a Native Hawaiian household; family, community, and environment were the most important things in our lives. The Hawaiian archipelago is nearly 2,500 miles away from its closest neighbor, which meant that for almost 2,000 years, the islands were critically remote, requiring everyone in the community to rely on each other for each family’s well-being. Those who fished provided all the fish for the entire community, the taro farmers provided all the taro, kapa makers provided all the clothing, and so on.
Today, we still live by these principles. We still share with our neighbors when we pick fruit from our trees, get fish from the ocean, or even when we make a delicious dessert. Lā‘au Inc. is based on the Native Hawaiian tradition of gathering plants in a sustainable manner to heal while supporting our communities and helping our planet. These traditions are who we are, and they are what make our products special.
Related Facts- Based on the traditional interdependence described above, Native Hawaiians were 100% self-sufficient and had nearly 1 million in population prior to Captain Cooke’s arrival in 1778. This is amazing considering that there is a roughly 40% increase in the population today from 1778 but 80-90% of all goods in Hawai‘i are imported. There is a scary understanding amongst the people of Hawai‘i that if the barges stop, the shelves will empty and islands in chaos in two-three weeks.