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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Albert shared great stories and history of pineapple. The guests asked

'Aha Kūpuna 2018 - hawaiian resource teachers gathering

Waia‘ōpae Fishpond Restoration May 17-20, 2018

Photo, Diane Preza. August 1, 2018

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.

many questions and we had the opportunity to share about our lives here on Lāna‘i.

LĀNA‘I Culture & Heritage Center 

Sharing more Historic Photo Notes as posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Summer July 9 to July 20, 2018

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.

DOE Kūpuna — Mākua in the Schools was held on Lāna'i, June 4th – 7th, 2018.

ʻAha Kūpuna visited Kihamāniania, shared mele and gifts, and learned about the history of this wahi pana... Next stop Hulopoʻe Beach -- Puʻu Pehe and Kaupakuea... June 5, 2018. Photo (2595)

Another busy day at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. Today Diane Preza and Albert Morita shared Lāna‘i history and pineapple days with visitors who came a long in multiple shifts.

Thank you to the nursery family with Pūlama Lāna‘i, we once again have some pineapple growing outside in our museum garden and Albert cut to share with visitors.

historic photo notes shared on facebook

Hawaiian musician Matthew Sproat (Waipuna) flew in to direct the student's performance of their new song (2015). 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.

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.

Lāna‘i high & elementary school —

Mrs. montgomery's 3rd graders

 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.

Photo, Diane Preza. August 1, 2018

lĀ hana community stewardship program 2018

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.

mahalo genji miyamoto — volunteer recognition

​​​This mini documentary shown below from our You Tube Channel  of the E ʻIke Hou Iā Lānaʻi cultural literacy program, Summer 2016, (June 13 - July 8, 2016) 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. 

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.

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.

Monthly Lā Hana Community Stewardship 2018 Program is into its third year! Join us this Saturday, August 4th to the Hi'i Heiau & Agricultural Complex. Meet at the flag pole fronting the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center at 7:45 am, transportation will depart at 8:00 am. For more info and register to participate

Link to more photographs of this year's summer program.

Petroglyphs at Pō'aiwa.

A two-week Summer Program was held to explore Lāna‘i’s rich history, through field schools, historic Hawaiian literature, environmental science, creative writing and art, and engaging in good stewardship practices in the honua ola (living environment) for Lāna‘i students, 7th to 12th grades. This unique program, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center with the support of a Grant in Aid from the State Legislature, Pūlama Lāna‘i, Kamehameha Schools, the Lāna‘i Archaeological Committee, and with generous grantors and resource staff.

Program was held free of Charge. Honoring the Past, Enriching the Future!

visit to Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center - august 1st, 2018

LᾹNA'I guide app shares history of LᾹNA'I

View extended version of the short film from when members of Hui Mālama Loko I‘a from across the islands joined Lāna‘i ‘ohana at Waia‘ōpae Loko to assist in restoration of Lāna'i‘s largest loko i‘a. Mahalo nui to Kua 'āina Ulu 'Auamo-Hui Mālama Loko I‘a, NOAA B-WET, Hawai'i Community Foundation, Pūlama Lāna‘i, and the Lāna‘i ‘ohana who share their time, talent and aloha. "Ola ka 'āina, ola ke kanaka!" Video by Berktech Solutions and Hi Level Media Production.

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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!)

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.