Webinar Series

Native Hawaiian Cultural Intervention Training

Webinar Training Process and Approach

ʻAi Me Ka Iʻa

The ʻai me ka iʻa concept comes from an ʻōlelo noʻeau similar to “i komo ka ʻai i ka paʻakai” which translates to “it is the salt that makes the poi go in. “Poi tastes much better with salted meats. If there is no meat, one can make a meal of poi and salt.” (Pukui).

The ʻAi

The ʻai me ka iʻa concept provides a pathway to address, improve, and/or supplement any work that is already being done. In this case, the ʻai represents each HOI Workgroup and the work they are already doing

The Iʻa

The iʻa represents the cultural sustenance provided by the Kanilehua Framework.

Kanilehua WG 1 Slide Image

Access to Treatment

Kanilehua WG 2

Prescriber Education and Pain Management

Kanilehua WG 3 Slide

Data-Informed Decision Making

Kanilehua WG 4 Slide

Prevention and Public Education

Kanilehua WG 5 Slide

Pharmacy-Based Intervention

Kanilehua WG 6 Slide

Law Enforcement and First Responders

Kanilehua WG 7 Image

Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

WG 8 Title Slide

Work Group 8 Native Hawaiian Cultural Intervention Training


(c. 1540-1634)

Kākuhihewa is the 15th aliʻi ‘aimoku (ruling chief) of O‘ahu famously named in the mele “Kaulana Nā Pua.” Kākuhihewa was a kind and friendly chief who was born in Kūkaniloko and raised in the ‘Ewa moku. His primary endeavor was farming, and it is said that his abundant harvests on O‘ahu could be smelled from Kaua‘i.

Today, there is a state office building named after him in Kapolei.