December 2015 Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center launched the GPS Web-enabled App, titled Lāna‘i Guide, in both Android and I-phone platforms. In May 2016, we partnered with Pūlama Lāna‘i in development of a second phase of the work to create a web-based version of the app. The app won a Preservation Award from the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation in June 2016. And on September 12th, the new website was launched with updated information covering the natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i.

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The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center has been engaged in a program of documenting and sharing the history of Lāna‘i since 2007. One of the major programs is the creation of cultural literacy and place-based educational resources for Lāna‘i youth. As a part of the curriculum development a new illustrated book for youth (Puke Kamali‘i) titled, “Ka Huaka‘i Māka‘ika‘i ma Kekāhi Wahi Pana o Lāna‘i a Kaululā‘au” (A Trip to Visit Some of the Storied Places of Lāna‘i of Kaululā‘au) was written in both Hawaiian and English. Kepā Maly developed the story from traditional and historical accounts of Lāna‘i as shared by kūpuna, and

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“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.
In 2015 haumāna composed a new mele as a part of the E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i cultural literacy program. This new mele for Lāna‘i describes their experiences at Lāna'i Hale, Maunalei and Kahalepalaoa-Wai‘aōpae. Haumāna wrote the lyrics with the assistance of Kumu Jamaica Osorio, Matt Kawaiola Sproat and Kepā Maly. They then worked with master musician, Matt Kawaiola Sproat to develop the melody, and Kepā Maly translated the words into Hawaiian.

E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — To Know Lāna‘i Once Again Cultural Literacy Program —

Summer July 9 to July 20, 2018

cultural literacy — place-based learning curriculum workshop held on Lāna‘i for teachers & island interpretive staff

Puke Kamali‘i – stories from Lāna‘i for youth

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Lāna‘i High & Elementary School workshop participants. Diane Preza photo, April 13, 2019.

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On April 13th, 2019, 30-participants met at Lāna‘i High & Elementary School to get acquainted with a new curriculum guide for the island of Lāna‘i.

In 2017, Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center received a grant covering two years from the Bay Watershed Education and Training Program-Hawai‘i,

Wendell Kaho‘ohalahala created a series of original paintings to illustrate the story. The hope is that the book will help engage Lāna‘i youth in more active learning about their island history.

Copies of the book will be provided to Lāna‘i High & Elementary School, and a limited number of copies will be made available free of charge on a first come, first served basis (one per family while supplies last) at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center on October 19th between 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Explore some of the rich history of Lāna‘i and share the joy of reading with island youth.

The short video below, was produced and edited by Shelly Kaleialoha Preza (and shot with ‘Anela Evans). It celebrates the publication of the short story. The puke follows a journey by some youth of Lāna’i to see and learn about storied places of their home island.

The story presented in two sections—Hawaiian at the front and English at the back—was written by Kepā Maly, and features original art work by Wendell Kaho’ohalahala. Funding for the art work and printing was generously provided by a grant from the Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. The puke is part of the cultural literacy initiative of the Lāna’i Culture & Heritage Center.

Please join us for our seventh-annual, place-based learning program!

Every summer we engage students in stewardship and challenge them to think creatively about how to care for our island home. Our program includes visits to cultural sites like Hiʻi, Keahiakawelo, Maunalei, and Waiaʻōpae Fishpond! And engages students in project based learning and stewardship.

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Shelly Kaleialoha Preza and Ikaika Ramones led this year’s Cultural Literacy – E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i initiative. Photo, July 20, 2018, Kepā Maly.

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The first copies of the book were given to Kupuna Daniel Kaopuiki III (pictured), grandson of Daniel and Hattie Kaopuiki, Sr., and Kupuna Irene Kamāhuiālani Cockett Perry who shared some of the stories retold in the book.

Kūpuna Daniel Kaopuiki and Irene Kamāhuiālani Cockett Perry are among the last elder native Hawaiian Lāna‘i kūpuna and we wanted to honor them with the first copies of the new Puke Kamali’i.

E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i – 2019 Cultural Literacy Summer Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Grant No. NA17NOS4730195), to develop project-based learning opportunities as a part of an initiative to restore Waia‘ōpae Loko I‘a (Fishpond). The initiative included development of curricula that integrated the natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i into learning experiences for LHES students. We are committed to programs that promote awareness of the natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i and to preparing future generations of students to become leaders in island stewardship. For more information follow link Place Based Education

 Executive Director, Kepā Maly presents first book to Kupuna Daniel Kaopuiki III at his home in Washington. Photo, Onaona Maly, October 1, 2018.

Kama‘āina visiting the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, helping volunteer, Debbie Miyamoto Dela Cruz look through the historic plantation photo collection that was saved by Aurelio Del Rosario in the 1980s-1990s. We hope to identify people and locations captured in the images for future generations. Mahalo (left to right) Dean Del Rosario, Debbie Dela Cruz, Aunty Sally Takahama, Aunty Hideko Saruwatari and Aunty Soon Yai Amaral — living treasures. (Photo by Shelly Kaleialoha Preza)

Students and teachers gathered with community members to share what they learned on the last day of the summer program, July 20, 2018. Photo, Kepā Maly.

He Pua Au Na Ke Kalo                                 I am a Descendant of the Kalo

O Hāloa naka lau kapalili ka mua                There was first Hāloa of the quivering leaf
A kupu mai—ke kalo lau loa, eia au            Kalo of the long-stalk grew, here I am

Hānau hou mai ka muli o Hāloa                   Next, the younger Hāloa was born
A puka mai—ke kanaka, eia au                   Humankind came forth, here I am

O ke kalo, huluhulu me ka iho kalo              The kalo, the root, the corm,
Ka ‘ohā, ke kumu ‘o—hana, eia au             the offshoot is the source of family, here I am

 He hāhā, he piko, he mu‘o,                           A stalk, a leaf indentation, a sprout
He lau naka—i ka makani, eia au                A leaf nodding in the breeze, here I am

 Eia au he pua—o ke kalo                              Here I am a descendant of the kalo
Mai ka huli mua o Hāloa, eia au                   From the first planting of Hāloa, here I am

 He kalo kanu o Maunalei aloha                   A kalo planted in beloved Maunalei
E ola au—i ke kalo, eia au                            I live through the kalo, here I am

(Hua ‘Ōlelo & Leo na Kepā Maly © Pepeluali 1, 2018)

Mahalo everyone for joining us for Lā Hana Community Stewardship Day at the Hibiscus Enclosure located along Keōmuku Highway. This is a very unique enclosure that provides habitat to many of the island’s rare plants including the endangered ma‘o hau hele (Hibiscus brackenridgei), the state flower of Hawai‘i. Volunteers had the opportunity to participate in a number of ways including out planting native wiliwili and ‘a‘ali‘i, collecting native naio seeds, and building a walking trail through the enclosure.

Stone and Mortar Bread Oven (built ca. 1899) at Keōmoku Village.

Lāna‘i Cultural Literacy Initiative – Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center Music – ‘E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i – Composed by 2015 Cultural Literacy initiative Students. With Matt Kawaiola Sproat and Kepā Maly. Sharing a few places where students visited, Lāna‘i Hale, Maunalei and Waia‘ōpae. Mahalo Nui To: Community Restoration Grant 17CON-86502 Hawai‘i Community Foundation Kamehameha Schools Community Investing Program Kua ‘Āina Ulu ‘Auamo-Hui Mālama Loko I‘a Lāna‘i ‘Ohana Who Are Engaging in Stewardship of Lāna‘i’s Bio-Cultural Landscape Lāna‘i Archaeological Committee NOAA B-Wet Award No 17NOS4730195 Pūlama Lāna‘i A Berktech Solutions & Hi Level Media Production.

Lāna‘i 3rd graders in Mrs. Jennifer Montgomery’s class return to their film making project to support the community restoration project at Waia‘ōpae Fishpond. In their 4th installment of their mini-documentary, they share their experiences and invitation to the public to come and support the upcoming Lāna‘i workshop on May 17-20, 2018 in partnership with KUA and the Hui Loko I‘a.

 It is the purpose of the website and app to provide residents, visitors and others interested in learning about Lāna‘i’s history with factual information, linking traditional knowledge with modern technology. To experience Lāna‘i and these new tools visit or download the app at the Apple Store or Google Play.

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As the Puke Kamali‘i was being set up for printing, Kumu Hula, La‘ikealoha Kaopuiki Hanog asked Kepā Maly if he could compose a song about kalo for Lāna‘i haumāna. The timing was perfect, and the next day the mele “He Pua Au Na Ke Kalo” was finished — Mahalo ke Akua, Mahalo e nā Kūpuna. We saw it as a perfect addition to the new book—an experiential learning activity for students engaged in connecting with the bio-culutral landscape of their island home. The words and recording of the mele are shared here so that teachers and students can use it in their class and as a way of sharing aloha while they are on the ‘āina.

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!)

​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.

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.

LĀNA‘I Culture & Heritage Center 

E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i 2019 Application (PDF) open to incoming 7th grade through 12th grade.
Deadline to Apply: May 17, 2019
For more information call: Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center or email