As a part of a repatriation program of the Kaua‘i Museum, the Arnemann Lāna‘i collection was donated to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, and is now being cared for as a part of our program.
On October 17, 2007, Kaua‘i Museum director, Carol Lovell and staff, in the company of Kumu Hula, Roselle Bailey came to Lāna‘i to return a collection of 100 indigenous artifacts taken from Lāna‘i in the mid to late 1950s by George F. Arnemann.
When the collection was brought to Lāna‘i, kūpuna and kama‘āina gathered at the interim home of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center and offered pule (prayer) and celebrated the return of the artifacts.
Fortunately Mr. Arnemann, recognized the importance of documenting his finds, and he kept good records, describing the locations where artifacts were gathered.
Though not an acceptable practice in the modern day, Mr. Arnemann traveled around the major Hawaiian Islands looking for artifacts—and Lāna‘i was one of the places he collected from.