Mahalo nui! We look forward to future programs working with our community and partners to preserve and restore Lāna‘i's resources!

La Hana Stewardship

Pῡlama Lᾱna‘i Lᾱ Hana Lᾱna‘i Community Stewardship Days Registration

LᾹ Hana LᾹna'i community stewardship day — WᾹia'Ōpae fishpond restoration was a success

​Join us at the Waia‘ōpae Fishpond Saturday July 9, 2016, 8 am - 12 noon. Meet at the Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center at 6:45 am. Transportation will depart at 7 am. 

Plan to experience the history and value of stewardship of this storied Lāna'i landscape. Dress appropriately. Bring a potluck dish to share and guitars and/or ukulele. Let's celebrate our island legacy.

Call to register with La'i (808) 565-3301 or go to this site to register: Pῡlama Lᾱna‘i Lᾱ Hana Lᾱna‘i Community Stewardship Days Registration  Sponsored by Pūlama Lāna'i and the Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center.

Preservation Honor Award presented to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, Pūlama Lānaʻi, Honua Consulting and Lānaʻi High & Elementary School for the E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i (2013-2015) program.

This program, which received three years of funding through the Native Hawaiian Education Act, engaged the community and school in a collaborative effort to teach students about cultural and archaeological resources, and to build their capacity in cultural literacy. In an effort to understand and act upon the depth and extent of cultural resources that are part of Lāna‘i’s landscape, a significant collection of archival-historical research has been compiled. This information is integral to the process of documenting archaeological and cultural landscapes. The program encourages students to respect natural, cultural and archaeological resources, and provided students with exposure to what it can be like to pursue a career in preservation and resource management. Congratulations to all! This link shares highlights of the E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i summer of 2015 program.

E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna’i Hō‘ike presentations

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On Friday July 8th, haumāna shared their research, experiences and reflections of learning about and stewardship of the land during the four-week E ‘Ike Hou Ia Lāna’i Cultural Literacy Program, 2016 & Hō‘ike 2016

Group gathers, Waia‘ōpae Fishpond after work is finished for the day. Kepā Maly photo, January, 23, 2016 (KPAC3_7127).

Historic Hawaii Foundation Preservation Honor Awards. May 27, 2016.

Preservation Honor Award presented to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, Pūlama Lānaʻi and Koa IT for the Lāna‘i Guide GPS Web-Enabled Application For Storied Places Of Lāna‘i. The Lāna‘i Guide  is a GPS web-enabled application that provides an interactive walking, driving or cycling tour to noted places of Lāna‘i’s bio-cultural landscape, and serves as a digital guidebook. One of the major initiatives of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center is to emphasize outreach and improve access to the tangible and intangible heritage of Lāna‘i. The app provides users with access to information covering the geology, natural history, Hawaiian settlement, traditions, and historic landscape of Lāna‘i. Congratulations to all! App can be downloaded for free. Click link for article. Time Traveler — Using High Tech to Explore Lāna‘i's Distant Past (PDF) — Story by Kyle Ellison / Photography by Kyle & Heather Ellison, Maui No Ka 'Oi , March - April, 2016

Group gathers, Waia‘ōpae Fishpond after work is finished for the day. Kepā Maly photo, March 12, 2016 (KPAC3_7739).

HISTORIC HAWAI'I FOUNDATION 2016 preservation honor award Lāna‘i Guide GPS Web-Enabled Application For Storied Places Of Lāna‘i

Year four of the cultural literacy initiative E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i, being offered June 13 through July 8, 2016 has kindly been funded with a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawaii Community Foundation, and other community donors. For more information click this link. Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center Offers Students a Special Summer Program on the Land, June 13-July 8, 2016.


July 9, 2016

Hōʻike, 2016. Kepā Maly, photo.

historic hawai'i foundation 2016

preservation honor award "E ‘IKE HOU IĀ LĀNA‘I" education program

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. 

Leo O Nā Haumāna E ʻIke Hou Iā Lānaʻi —

Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center 

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