Makaʻala Yates

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Makaʻala Yates (born 1948 in Kona), is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Hawaiian Medicine Specialist with special interest in traditional Hawaiian lomilomi. In July 2006 he was honored with the Kaonohi Award by the Hawaiian Medical Society, Papa Ola Lokahi, for his "dedicated service and outstanding work in Hawaiian medicine."[1]

Makaʻala was one of the original crew members of the historic voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, in 1976.[2]


  1. ^ Makana Risser Chai (2007). "Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi". Hawaiian Insights. p. 171. 
  2. ^ Will Kyselka (1987). "An ocean in mind". Google Books. Retrieved 2010-01-09. ... I got interested in Hokule'a after talking with Makaʻala Yates who had made the 1976 return voyage as well as the Kealaikahiki trip...