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)
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.