Violent Kahuna Therapy?

If you were sick and felt your doctor’s treatment wasn’t working fast enough, would you hire a kahuna to whack your head repeatedly with a bible?

Kahuna Makaio didn’t look like the typical kahuna. For one, he was not old or grizzled. The twenty-four-year old started kahunaism when he was eighteen. And his “round good-natured” face seemed to contrast kahuaism’s seriousness.

In 1903, Dr. J. Holland, a government physician in Puna, was treating Moses Hoakimoa, a Hawaiian man ill with wasting fever. However, Moses thought Dr. Holland’s remedy wasn’t working quickly enough, so he called in Kahuna Makaio. Read more…


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