​​Aloha! Have you been wondering what to do with some of your free time?

Exploring Lāna‘i’s history and sharing it with students, island residents and visitors is a rewarding way to use some of your spare time. We are looking for people that enjoy talking story and sharing the special history of our island home. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends. If you would like to learn more about how to share your time and love of Lānai with visitors to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center please contact Kepā — (808) 563-0787 kepa@lanaichc.org or Onaona — (808) 563-0788 onaona@lanaichc.org

Docent volunteer opportunities include:

  • Greeting guests and introducing them to exhibits and displays
  • Answering questions on how to learn more about Lāna‘i’s history
  • Sharing your personal experiences on Lāna‘i
  • Helping guests plan safe and informative visits to some of Lāna‘i’s storied places
  • Indexing, catalouging and conserving historical collections
  • ​Sales of books, maps and other items made available at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center

Workshops for docent volunteers will be offered, and scheduling of your volunteer time will be coordinated at your convenience.

Mahalo nui! We look forward to hearing from you.

The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center — Honoring the past, enriching the future!

In 2009, a major collection of HAPCo employee cards was found and given to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. The cards include names, date of birth, country of origin, date of hire, salary, marital status, type of job, and "bongo" (employee number) for more than 17,000 Lāna‘i plantation employees between 1926 to 1939. Debbie Miyamoto Dela Cruz was the lead volunteer, inputting the information in an Excel database, and organizing the cards. This collection provides families with important details in Lāna‘i's history, and in family research.

Without the help and care of people like Debbie Miyamoto Dela Cruz, Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center would not be able to preserve and pass Lāna‘i's history on to future generations. Aloha and mahalo nui! Dec. 1, 2014 Kepā Maly, photo

exciting volunteer opportunities at LĀna‘i culture & heritage center

Leo O Nā Haumāna E ʻIke Hou Iā Lānaʻi —

Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center 

​Visitors and local residents enjoy exhibits at the Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center. January 16, 2010. Kepā Maly, photo.

Families with generational ties to Lāna‘i, residents of Lāna‘i, researchers, and individuals who are planning to visit Lāna‘i will find a wealth of information attached to this site. For people with ties to traditional and historic residents of Lāna‘i, a search through the records may provide you with information about your family and life in days gone by. For researchers, detailed records of place—residency, land tenure, business initiatives, changes in the natural environment, and past conservation efforts—may be found. And for people who are planning a visit to Lāna‘i, you will find interesting notes on places and customs, and tools for planning a visit to a number of the cultural and historical sites on the island. The digital library of this website provides visitors with access to a wide range of primary source documentation on Lāna‘i’s history.

Through the portals of this website visitors are provided with access to Lāna‘i’s history through thousands of historical records (documentary resources are being added regularly). The site includes narratives penned in Hawaiian and English describing all facets of Lāna‘i's history, as well photographs, maps, and information covering nearly 1,000 years of residency on the island.

LĀNA‘I Culture & Heritage Center 

Hawaiian musician Matthew Sproat (Waipuna) flew in to direct the student's performance of their new song. The song expresses the student's love for Lānaʻi and was composed by the students under the guidance of Kumu Kepā Maly, Kumu Matthew Sproat, and Kumu Jamaica Osorio.  (learned in 5 days as each verse was written weekly and translated to Hawaiian) 

“Lāna‘i Ku‘u Wahi Ola Maoli Nō” written by E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i, Cultural Enrichment Program — Summer 2015 Students, Matt Sproat, Jamaica Osorio, & Kepā Maly. June 28, 2015. Performed live by Blake Tan & Simon Tajiri. End credits performed by Matt Sproat.

​​This mini documentary shown below from our You Tube Channel of the E ʻIke Hou Iā Lānaʻi cultural literacy program, Summer 2015, (June 8 - July 3, 2015) shares activities and thoughts of students who participated in the four week program sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant through Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center with support from Pūlama Lāna‘i, Honua Consulting, Lānaʻi High & Elementary School and additional partners. 

Celebrating the land, resources, people and history of Lāna‘i

E ho‘ohanohano ‘ana i ka wā ma mua, a e ho‘olako ‘ana i ka mua aku!

(Honoring the Past, Enriching the Future!)

BACKGROUND of LĀNA‘I culture & Heritage center

In the late 1980s, the owner of the island at that time began to engage in development on Lāna‘i. The families of the island were concerned that their storied landscape and history would be lost, and they envisioned a place where the history of their island home would be gathered. The idea was to collect a wide range of materials, and develop a place where artifacts and historic memorabilia (photos, papers and textiles), and the stories of our island families would be cared for and passed on to future generations. In 2007 the Lāna‘i CHC was organized in consultation with kūpuna (elders) and island residents as a non-profit charitable organization. In 2010 the center opened a climate controlled display and archive center in the historic Dole Plantation Administration Building. This facility serves as a hub connecting people with traditions, history, land, and the material culture of Lāna‘i. Since opening in late 2007, more than 65,000 people (island residents and guests) have visited Lāna‘i CHC and participated in programs. Our work has been made possible through the support of community members, island guests, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Agape Foundation, the US DOE-Native Hawaiian Education Act, and many individuals who make financial and volunteer contributions to the center.


All financial donations are gratefully acknowledged and tax deductible. All archival collections are cataloged, and recorded in association with the donors and families, and add to our ability to share Lāna‘i's diverse history with the world. Support of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center helps us protect our valued collection of artifacts and historical resources and enables us to pass Lāna‘i’s natural & cultural heritage on to present and future generations.

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The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center in Lāna‘i City was established in 2007, and is a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. Our programs seek to inspire people to be informed, thoughtful and active stewards of Lāna‘i's legacy landscape by preserving, interpreting and celebrating its natural history, Hawaiian traditions, diverse heritage and cultures, and ranching and plantation era histories.

Sharing Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center Video Tour. Video produced by Anthony Ka'auamo Pacheco, narrated by Executive Director, Kepā Maly.