UH Mānoa archivists and Lāna'i Community volunteers collaborated in development of collection management practices. Photo, Kepā Maly (KPAC2-8150).

UH Mānoa archivists and Lāna'i Community volunteers collaborated in development of collection management practices. Photo, Kepā Maly (KPAC2-8149).

Policy Overview

The Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (Lāna‘i CHC) is a non-profit charitable organization. One of our high level objectives is to collect, preserve and display artifacts of traditional, cultural, historical and artistic value to the people and island of Lāna‘i—representative of Lāna‘i's Hawaiian culture, ranching era, diverse populations who built the pineapple plantation and community on the island, and natural history. Our collections are housed, curated, and displayed in a community museum and natural history center managed and operated by the Lāna‘i CHC, in partnership with community and  charitable organizations, and other museums in the State of Hawai‘i. 

The Lāna‘i CHC facilities are climate controlled, with the temperature set at 72º / humidity at 60%. In addition to native artifacts, we also collect historical papers, photos, maps, textiles, journals and other things which document places, plantation history, cultural heritage and families of Lāna‘i.

  • ​Donations of a wide range of heritage resources related to our mission are accepted, and a “Certificate of Gift” is provided to donors. If donors have questions about utilizing your donation as a charitable contribution, we suggest you contact your tax adviser or an office of the Internal Revenue Service. The Lāna‘i CHC does not appraise artifactual donations made to its collections. 


  • Also, acceptance by the Lāna‘i CHC of the item(s) described on the Lāna‘i CHC Certificate of Gift does not imply that the item(s) will always be on public display. 


  • It is understood that the Lāna‘i CHC has full powers of management, display, conservation and disposition—including sale, should there be other items of same nature in the Lāna‘i CHC collection—of the donated property, including the power to temporarily loan and to permanently transfer the property in its sole and absolute discretion to another institution or other institutions for use in exhibits, collections, or programs, or otherwise provide for the material. 


  • Your Donation to the Lāna‘i CHC is greatly appreciated, and contributes toward our efforts to perpetuate the culture and history that has made Lāna‘i a unique place in Hawai‘i. Through our programs, supported by your donations, we seek to promote awareness, perpetuate knowledge, and protect those qualities that set Lāna‘i apart as a special place for all who reside here and visit our island.

Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center Collections