As a practitioner and teacher of all five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine— acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, food medicine, and martial arts—David has studied traditional medicines with healers in Asia, North and South America, and Hawai’i. With a Master’s Degree in traditional Chinese medicine, he has a working knowledge of more than 400 traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, and Western plants. A deep ecologist and Hawaiian native plant specialist, David has been a student of Hawaiian medicine under Kahu Kawika Ka’alakea, Kaipo Kaneakua, and Na Kupuna ‘O Hawai’i since 1992.
Author of Medicine at Your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom and Wild Wisdom: Listening to Heart of Nature, David is an expert on the medicinal plants of the tropics. He studies, lectures, and teaches on cross-cultural uses of plant medicines, environmental concerns, traditional plant gathering practices, and pragmatic approaches to health care. David is known for his offbeat sense of humor and is often seen in Hawaiian rainforests wearing his favorite trash bag as a raincoat.