Babette Lilinoe Galang is the Traditional Healing and Complementary Health Director at Papa Ola Lokahi, a native Hawaiian health consortium established by Congressional Act in 1988 to address the dire health statistics of the kanaka maoli (Hawaiian people). At Papa Ola Lokahi, she advocates for the support, preservation, perpetuation and cultural integrity of traditional Native Hawaiian healing practices and practitioners. She oversees the Kupuna Councils of traditional practitioners associated with the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems on the major islands in the State of Hawai`i. She also advocates for kupuna (elder) cultural practitioners and supports their efforts so that their knowledge and wisdom are perpetuated for future generations. As one of six children, she was born and raised in Honolulu on the island of O`ahu. She attended the University of Hawai`i where she received her B.A. in Sociology and MPH in Health Education. She was trained in Native Hawaiian traditional healing practices by several kupuna masters including Henry “Papa” Auwae (la`au lapa`au/herbal medicine), Aunty Margaret Machado (lomilomi/massage) and Aunty Malia Craver (ho`oponopono/resolving broken relationships). She was the immediate past chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Caucus (AIANNH) for the American Public Health Association.
Panel Session: Traditional Indigenous Medicine and Research