Nothing is more humbling than formulating aromatic medicine from this island, for her power and generosity are epic. It is a great privilege to share the potency of Kaua`i's ecosystem with others who seek to connect and heal. When crafting botanical allies from our rainforests, waterfalls, ocean, and gardens I hope to renew a connection that is both ancient and enduring. Rather than harness or extract, my aim is to harmonize and embrace this relationship, and then share the process with you, through these living, giving, prismatic waters.
Honoring my Irish, Chinese, and Polynesian heritage, I have grown into a practicing Community and Family herbalist, lei-maker, and distiller of aromatic medicine based in Wailua, Kaua`i. I am proud to have been born and raised beneath the fragrant Ponderosa Pines and purple Rocky Mountains of Colorado, yet I spent much of my youth in Hawai`i, where the beauty and power of Kaua`i was imprinted upon my mind and spirit. Having had the privilege of working in 62 countries around the world, I strive to bring a global perspective to my local plant medicine practice in the Pacific.
In the spirit of intergenerational healing, acknowledgment of historic colonial traumas, and reconciliation, I acknowledge the land and sacred medicine knowledge utilized in my herbal practice is due to Native wisdom and Indigenous tradition. Land is sacred, we share it with those who have cared for it before us, and those with the profound wisdom to maintain its power and medicines in perpetuity. On Kaua'i we acknowledge these lands were first cared for by ferns and flowers, trees and birds, and sea life; then the Kanaka Ōiwi and their descendants.