Plants in Hawaiian Medicine


Plants in Hawaiian Medicine


by Beatrice Krauss

paperback, black and white, 128 pp, 6" x 9"

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Written by Hawaii's beloved Beatrice Krauss, an ethnobotanist who dedicated her life to the study of Hawaiian plants, this book covers the medicinal uses and preparation of 30 native plants. Beautiful artwork by Hawaiian illustrator Martha Noyes complements the text.

Winner of the 2002 Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for Excellence in Hawaiian Culture.


Ethnobotanist Beatrice H. Krauss enriched the lives of innumerable people through her research, teaching, writing and volunteer service. The first woman to earn a degree in agriculture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she later taught ethnobotany there and received several awards. She founded the Manoa Valley History Project, served as president of the Hawaiian Botanical Society, and received awards from the Historic Hawaii Foundation and the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. 


"... very well done and nicely illustrated with B&W line drawings by Martha Noyes, an award-winning writer and artist. Each of the 30 plants covered here has its own chapter, with a nicely consistent set of information for each one. This book is a fun quick read and good to have on hand for reference."

- Hawaii Island Journal

"[in] this classic work, her last book... Krauss uses plain language to describe 30 plants and their medicinal and cultural uses by early Hawaiians. The book is well-illustrated by artist Martha Noyes, who spent two years working with Krauss before the scientist passed away in 1998 at the age of 94."

- Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"You can learn more about traditional - and modern - medicinal uses of Hawaiian plants in a new book Plants in Hawaiian Medicine... There's succinct information on general and medicinal uses, both ancient and contemporary. Each plant is beautifully illustrated in black and white line drawings by Hawaii artist Martha Noyes."

- Island Scene

"This lovely book is a must have for all of us who are interested in Hawaiian plants, herbal medicine and Hawaiian ethnobotany... superbly illustrated by Martha Noyes... This book is a great cumulative addition to those cherished dog-eared documents somewhat muddy from the lo`ikalo."

- Honolulu Advertiser

"Straightforward and authoritative... detailed and elegant illustrations greatly enhance the value of this reference book. For those who want an introduction into Hawaiian medicinal plants, Plants in Hawaiian Medicine is a solid foundation."

- Honolulu Weekly

"What is awa ko limu kala pohuehue and wauke? Find out in this book that chronicles plants used in Hawaiian herbal medicine. Thirty plants used in both old Hawaii and today are presented with illustrations, physical descriptions and info on general and medicinal uses. Four of them - awa awapuhi kuahiwi noni and ohia ai - have been scientifically proven to have curative ingredients."

- Kona Views