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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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.

​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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Sorry to inform you that the Lā Hana Community Stewardship Event scheduled for the Koa Forest this Saturday, September 1, 2018, is canceled. Although we were very fortunate to not have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Lane, the rain that we have had over the past several days has left the ground heavily saturated and muddy as well as caused some downed branches in and around the Koa Forest Enclosure vicinity. Thus, we have determined that conditions of the work site are unsafe for participants. While the rain may put a damper on our plans, we remind ourselves that the rain and the fog brings life to our precious island!

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

Petroglyphs at Pō'aiwa.

Waia‘ōpae Fishpond Restoration May 17-20, 2018

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.

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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.

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

lĀ hana community stewardship program 2018

'Aha Kūpuna 2018 - hawaiian resource teachers gathering

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. Albert shared great stories and history of pineapple. The guests asked many questions and we had the opportunity to share about our lives here on Lāna‘i.

Photo, Diane Preza. August 1, 2018

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)

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

Summer July 9 to July 20, 2018

 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.

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

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.

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