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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Lāna‘i culture & Heritage center newsletter

 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.

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

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.

ka Hana No‘eau a ka lima me ka Mele pū Hawaiian Arts and Chant Workshop

Learn Lāna‘i’s history, Hawaiian Language and Creative Writing Skills, Environmental Sciences, Good Stewardship Practices at Waia‘ōpae Fishpond, Maunalei Valley, Lāna‘i Hale and Hulopo‘e-Mānele and Lāna‘i’s legacy of great seafaring voyages (holo wa‘a mai Kahiki).

For more information: E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — To Know Lāna‘i Once Again Cultural Literacy Program 2017

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

June 12 to July 7, 2017

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!)

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December 16, 2017, 10a – 2p at Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center

The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center and the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities are hosting a free workshop featuring four traditional Hawaiian art forms –

· Hili ‘Aha (Twining Cordage)
· Ka Hana Kapa (Basics of Making Barkcloth)
· Lei Wili (Wili-style Lei Making)
· Mele Oli (Traditional Chants)

This special workshop is open people interested in learning the basics of these traditional practices and how they may be restored as arts and  crafts of the present day.

The first three workshops will be ongoing between 10a to 2p, though participants should plan to come when the workshops begin, rather than wait until the afternoon. This will allow for enough time to participate in, and finish a project.

The mele oli workshop will begin at 10:30a and run to lunch time. After lunch participants will then share their mele with larger group of participants.

What to bring: kapa making tools if you have; small sharp knife; clippers; lei making materials (with stems) from home; notebook and pen/pencil; recorder if available; and pot luck lunch. Lāna‘i CHC will have paper goods, eating utensils, drinks… etc. for group. Participants must register for individual classes by December 14th. To register, call 565.7177 or email or

Sponsored by the Lāna'i Culture  Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center with the support of Pūlama Lāna‘i and generous grantors and resource staff.

The E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i -Cultural Literacy Initiative is sponsored through grants and contributions of:

Hawai'i Tourism Authority Kūkulu Ola Program
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Lana'i Archaeological Committee
Pūlamā Lana'i

Hui o Wa'a Kaulua and Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani 'Ohana
Lāna‘i High & Elementary School
Kamehameha Schools

Jim and Linda Caires Smith
Honua Consulting
Lili'uokalani Trust
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Lana'i CHC Na Hoaloha -  Friends Organization

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

Petroglyphs at Pō'aiwa.

Programs & Updates

New link shares history of LᾹNA'I

Week 1

Mahalo nui no!
Free of charge. To learn more and sign up visit or email

Honoring the Past, Enriching the Future!

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.

​​​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