‘Anakç Lynette Kahekili Kaopuiki Paglinawan: Following in the Steps of Her Ancestors


  • Michael DeMattos


social work, Indigenous social work,, Native Hawaiian healing,, culturally relevant practice,, faith and practice


‘Anakç Lynette Kahekili Kaopuiki Paglinawan is a social worker, woman of faith, and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner. She has a long history of working with Native Hawaiian families and was one of the first social workers to integrate culturally-based interventions into her social work practice in the mid-sixties. ‘Anakç Lynette remains active in the community working with individuals, families, and various organizations. She is currently a faculty member at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa where she directs the Hawaiian Learning Program and serves as cultural consultant for numerous school initiatives. In 2012 ‘Anakç Lynette was recognized as a Living Treasure by the Hongpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i. Taken together, the stories in this article paint a picture of an Indigenous healer firmly anchored in her identity and comfortable in the multiple worlds that Indigenous Peoples must traverse on a daily basis.




How to Cite

DeMattos, M. (2017). ‘Anakç Lynette Kahekili Kaopuiki Paglinawan: Following in the Steps of Her Ancestors. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 21(2), 49–55. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/1582