Newly launched site highlights Lāna‘i’s

landmarks, locations.

Kuana And Friends In Concert On Saturday, June 3, 2017

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.

Cultural and historic work on Lāna‘i recognized by the Society of Hawaiian Archaeologists. Read more in article, part one and part two. The Maui News, Oct. 11, 2016 pages 1 and 2 (PDF).

Photo, Simon Tajiri. August 24, 2016. (KPAC3_9051)

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Nā hoaloha newsletters

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!)


March 17, 2017
Beginning on Friday, March 17th, 2017, the New CD by Renowned
Hawaiian Musician,
Kuana Torres Kahele will be gifted to the Lāna‘i Community.

June 3, 2017
He Mele Lei (Garland of Songs) for Lāna‘i Concert and Fundraiser for the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. To be held at the
Lāna‘i Four Seasons Beach Resort.

Upcoming Programs & Updates

New link shares history of LᾹNA'I

You are encouraged to review the newsletters and join us in our efforts to ensure that the rich cultural legacy of Lāna‘i is passed on to future generations.  In an effort to document development of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, and encourage community support-involvement in the programs, Nā Hoaloha o Lāna'i (The Friends of Lāna‘i), a members giving organization and newsletter was established in November 2007. For past newsletters including the most recent newsletter issued in October 2016 visit this link. Newsletters

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 

 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.

Mark your calendar for a great weekend on Lāna‘i – starting the summer off with a “Cultural Affair.” Kuana and friends will be on Lāna‘i to celebrate our island home in music, stories and hula. The concert, being planned now, will be a fundraiser for the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. Concert and Kama‘āina room packages are being developed for island residents and families from across the state, and for visitors from afar. Cultural programs and workshops will also be offered during the weekend. Proceeds from the concert will support on-going work of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center to collect, protect and promote appreciation for the rich legacy landscape of Lāna‘i.

‘‘Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol. 5”

On January 7, 2017, 200 Lāna‘i residents and friends (infants to 97 years old) gathered at the Lāna‘i Filipino Community Clubhouse to celebrate the renovation of the historic structure and to honor the elder Filipino residents who came to Lāna‘i to build a new life for themselves and their families. Their successes set the foundation for our lives today, and for those of the future generations who will call Lāna‘i home.

For more information and photographs including a You Tube video of Mr. Fred Camero serenading the Sakada widows, "You Are My Sushine" go to this link. Filipino Heritage

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

On August 24, 2016, nearly 100 years after two rare Lāna‘i artifacts left the island, they were returned as a gift to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center and the families of Lāna‘i.

Luella Holt Kurkjian—daughter of Venus Leina‘ala Gay Holt, and granddaughter of Charles & Louisa Pakohana Gay—brought an ancient ‘umeke (kou wood bowl) and two miniature canoes which had been given to her grandmother in the early 1900s home. Descendants of the Lāna‘i natives and a small group of ‘ohana gathered at Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center for this momentous occasion. Gay Family Collection

Rare Lāna'i artifacts return home

kuana torres kahele “Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol. 5, Lāna‘ikāula, Lāna‘i”

The CD and concert in June will feature new mele (songs) composed by Kuana to celebrate the 'āina (land), mo‘olelo (history), and ‘ohana (families) of Lāna‘i. 

The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center is pleased to announce that Kuana’s new music CD, “Lāna‘ikāula” will be arriving on Lāna‘i, and made available, free-of-charge to each household on island. This gift cd of new music for Lāna‘i is made possible through a partnership with Kuana’s production company, the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, and through a generous grant from the Agape Foundation.

CDs will be available (one each to Lāna‘i household) during normal business hours of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (Mon.-Fri. 8:30-3:30 and Sat. 9-1). Please bring your ID with address to pick up your CD.

This gift of music to Lāna‘i is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted, and support on-going work of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center—with emphasis on our summer program being offered to Lāna‘i youth at no charge between June 12 to July 7, 2017.

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.

Celebrating the Filipino Legacy on Lāna‘i