Kahuna lapaau and the law, 1886.


To Regulate the Hawaiian Board of Health.

Be it enacted by the King and the Legislative Assembly of the Hawaiian Islands in the Legislature of the Kingdom Assembled:

Section 1. His Majesty the King shall appoint five native Hawaiians to be a Hawaiian Board of Health, and His Majesty the King shall appoint one of them to be President of said Board, and all of said Board shall be persons skilled in the practice of native medicine, of good character, and they shall serve during the King’s pleasure.

Section 2. It shall be the duty of said Hawaiian Board of Health to hear all applications made by native Hawaiians who wish to practice native medicine in this Kingdom for the cure of any kind of disease, or for the cure of chronic diseases or hereditary diseases, or for the cure of broken bones.

Section 3. Said Board, or a majority thereof, shall give to each applicant a certificate certifying to the Minister of the Interior the qualification of the applicant to practice native medicine in any kind of disease, or for the treatment of chronic disease or hereditary diseases, of the cure of broken bones, as may be stated in the application.

Section 4. The Minister of the Interior shall grant on the order of the said Board a license to any applicant who has received a certificate of his qualification to practice medicine in any kind of disease, upon receiving twenty dollars.

Section 5. Every person so licensed to practice medicine, as in Section 4 of this Act specified, shall keep records of his practice of medicine, and shall enter correctly in such records all the business done by him. Any person who shall practice hoomanamana, hoopiopio, anaana, or hoounauna, shall have his license cancelled immediately.

Section 6. Any native Hawaiian who shall practice native medicine without having obtained a license, shall be fined upon conviction thereof before any Police or District Magistrate in the sum of twenty dollars.

Section 7. The said Board shall have authority to appoint three persons of good character and residents of the district, and who are proficient in the practice of medicine, in each taxation district, except the District of Honolulu, to be a local Board; and it shall be the duty of such local Boards to report to the Hawaiian Board of Health on the qualifications of applicants to practice native medicine, and to state if the remedies proposed are suitable for the cure of the diseases mentioned in Section 2 of this Act.

Section 8. The President of the said Board may appoint the times of meeting of the Board for the transaction of all business under the provisions of this Act.

Section 9. For the purposes of this Act, Section 48 and 49 of the Penal Code, as amended by an Act approved on the 15th day of September, A. D. 1876, and also Sections 50, 51, 52 and 53 of the Penal Code, Chapter 55, are hereby repealed.

Section 10. This Act shall take effect from and after the date of its approval.

Approved this seventh day of October A. D. 1886.


(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 10/11/1886, p. 2)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume V, Number 243, Page 2. October 11, 1886.

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