Author Archives: Maka'ala

About Maka'ala

Maka'ala is a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian ancestry) trained in Hawaiian medicine practices since the age of six. He is the founder of Indigenous Botanicals and Mana Lomi®. He enjoys traveling around the world teaching Hawaiian principles and concepts of being well. In 2005 he was awarded the "Kaonohi Award" for excellence in Hawaiian medicine and community support. He is the author of "Na'auao Ola Hawaii - Hawaiian Principles of Being Well." Maka'ala is the Ambassador-at-large and Minister of Health for the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi. His focus is "breaking the blueprint" from disease and illness and his mission is "bringing the healer back into the family."


The literal translation of kumukahi is “one source,” or “source of origin.” I use this term frequently when I am speaking on the subject of (Hawaiian) spirituality. There are other terms in the Hawaiian language that can be used to … Continue reading

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Simplicity: The way of old Hawaii

The complexity of modern day living has clouded our ability to recognize and embrace the simplicity of life itself. Our preoccupation with a calendar of events and tasks is so tangled and knotted with never ending demands of deadlines and … Continue reading

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Being Real

To be real means knowing yourself. Knowing who you are takes introspection and requires courage. This practice of self-awareness through observation without judgment or criticism is a learned behavior. We have been taught and conditioned to act or appear in … Continue reading

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In the spirit of lokahi

This is an interview conducted over the telephone between myself and Dr. Jane Ely that I thought would be worth posting. Mahalo Jane. In The Spirit of Lo’kahi: An interview on the work and world vision of Dr. Maka’ala Yates D.C. … Continue reading

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Wai Ola: Water of Life

Wai Ola Water of Life Life for Hawaiians, especially before colonization, was centered on water and agriculture (land). The most important food staple at that time was kalo (taro), which relied heavily on the mana (life-force) of the water because … Continue reading

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The concept of problem/reaction/solution has been used for hundreds of years from those that want power and control over resources and people.  The idea is very simple, create a problem that is significant, and then blame someone else for it. … Continue reading

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Heart Disease: Latest Research

This brief article is a follow up from my last blog on CHD. The most commonly accepted medical cause of heart disease to date has been elevated blood cholesterol. “We as physicians with all our training knowledge and authority often … Continue reading

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A Veteran’s Prayer: “No Soul Left Behind!”

My first hour in country and everything appeared to be moving at a heart racing pace.  As an Air Force “Buck” Sergeant, I had to adapt quickly with the rhythm of Vietnam, at least for the first few hours.  It … Continue reading

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Understanding Hawaiians (Na Kanaka Maoli)

It is the year 2012 and the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi (PKOA) is finally recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous sovereign nation.  After many years of painstaking struggle, we as Hawaiians can finally return home.  The government of … Continue reading

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Indigenous Medicine Mindset

“Health is a matter of wisdom,” says Kupuna Hale, one of my Hawaiian elder teachers in years past, “not scientific knowledge.”  She further expressed to me that what I was learning in the “scientific” school of thought (pre-med and Chiropractic) … Continue reading

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