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 www.lanaiguideapp.org or download the app at the Apple Store or Google Play.

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The Hawai‘i Commnuity Foundation and Funding Partners:

Robert Emens Black Fund
Group 70 Foundation Fund
Susan M. Kosasa Fund
Lāna‘i Community Benefit Fund


Awarded the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center a Flex Grant, which was created to provide unrestricted funding to high-performance nonprofits. The FLEX grants are offered to support nonprofits in various areas, and aren’t restricted to a specific program.

May 17-20, 2018, 60+ members of Hui Mālama Loko I‘a from across the state gathered on Lāna‘i to help in restoring life to Waia‘ōpae Loko. The hui members brought a wealth of time, talent and muscle to the program. Another 60+ Lāna‘i residents participated in various aspects of the workshops. The Hui leadership brought valuable expertise in organizing the work flow, and we are now better prepared to continue restoration of this loko i‘a. During the program, participants added another 100 feet to the completion of the kuapā, and also did maintenance on the earlier section of the kuapā that we had built.

lĀ hana community stewardship program 2018

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Ho‘ōla i ka Loko I‘a o Waia‘ōpae, Lāna‘i

In addition to Kua'āina Ulu 'Auamo-Hui Mālama Loko I‘a, we acknowledge NOAA B-WET and Hawai‘i Community Foundation for Grants that have sponsored aspects of the project, and the support of Pūlama Lāna‘i (without which none of the foundational and heavy work would have been done or be possible), the Lāna‘i ‘ohana who are engaging in stewardship of Lāna‘i’s bio-cultural landscape, the Pacific American Foundation, and Lili‘uokalani Trust. Kūpuna taught us “I ka lōkāhi ko kākou ola ai!” (Our well-being is in unity-working together). This program is living proof of their wisdom. Stay tuned for more photos and video footage (ground and drone) is being developed into a mini-documentary. Waia‘ōpae Loko program

2017 FLEX Grant Awarded to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center

Petroglyphs at Pō'aiwa.

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.

​​​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 

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 

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 www.lanaiguideapp.org was launched with updated information covering the natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i.

Lāna‘i high & elementary school —

Mrs. montgomery's 3rd graders

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

Summer July 9 to July 20, 2018

Mahalo nui! The generosity of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and its partners means a great deal to us here on Lāna‘i, and allows us to engage in activities that might otherwise not be possible.

“E ho‘ohanohano ana i ka wā ma mua, a e ho‘olako ana i ka mua aku!”
(Honoring the past, and enriching the future!)

Monthly Lā Hana Community Stewardship 2018 Program is into its third year!


If you have any questions or concerns, please email Anela Evans aevans@pulamalanai.com

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.

For Lāna‘i students 7th to 12th grades—A two-week Summer Program 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). 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. Registration Form (PDF)

Free of Charge. To learn more and sign up visit www.lanaichc.org, or call Kepā or Shelly Kaleialoha at 808.565.7177 (email: kepa@lanaichc.org  or shelly@lanaichc.org). ~ Honoring the Past, Enriching the Future!

New link shares history of LᾹNA'I

May 17-20, 2018. Members of Hui Mālama Loko I‘a from across the islands joined Lāna‘i ‘ohana at Waia‘ōpae Loko to teach and assist in restoration of Lāna'i‘s largest loko i‘a. Saturday (May 19, 2018) was awesome with work organized into crews and assigned tasks that allowed for a flow of work. We learned a lot here on Lāna‘i and now are better prepared to continue restoration of this 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 shared their time, talent and aloha. "Ola ka 'āina, ola ke kanaka!" Photograph courtesy of Jake Cahill, Hi Level Media (hilevelmedia.com)

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