On November 3, 2016, Gary Onuma, a life-long resident of Lāna‘i (his maternal grandfather moved to the island as a part of the Maunalei Sugar Company
operation in ca. 1899), donated a significant collection of ancient and historic artifacts to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. The collection of nearly 300 items was gathered by his grandfather, father and himself over a 100 year period.
Debbie Miyamoto Dela Cruz (a dedicated Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center volunteer) and Mikala Enfield (Operations Manager/Interpreter) discuss one of the adze preforms donated as a part of Gary Onuma's collection. (Photo 9308, Kepā Maly)
An overview of the collection is laid out as it is being prepared for accession into the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center collection.Photo 9403, Kepā Maly)
Gary found his first artifact when he was 10 years old. He is extremely knowledgeable about Lāna‘i's landscape and has been a student of island history all his life. While transferring the collection to Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center he recorded stories about many of the pieces, describing where and when found, and what he had learned about their use or function.
Gary has sketched an adze (ko‘i), and identified the break-points in the nearly 80 different ko‘i he found over the years. (Photo 9393, Kepā Maly)