Project Sponsored by State of Hawai‘i — Grant-In-Aid Program (GIA)
Office of Community Services, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Contract Number: OCS-GIA-18-01
The Grant-In-Aid (OCS-GIA-18-01) awarded to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center in late 2017 supported three program goals, listed below:
Archival Program Background
Lāna‘i CHC contracted certified archivist Helen Wong Smith to conduct activities in conservation and collection arrangement. She engaged 30 community members in various workshops through the grant period and developed a best management practices policy for existing collections and new accessions. Several community presentations were also offered to Lāna‘i residents, sharing preservation methods for their own family collections. Pamela Pili Alconcel, a community member and founding board member, participated in a weeklong workshop offered by the Western Archives Institute in archival skills.
Working with Lāna‘i CHC staff and volunteers, Helen Smith conducted a survey of the archival collection. As a result of the survey, collection categories were updated, and new captions were established to facilitate identification and retrieval of records. The categories (in alphabetical order) include:
Throughout the grant period, many people have volunteered to assist with some facet of collection management and inputting data. Notably, the individuals named below have spent countless hours working in the collections.
Pam Pili Alconcel
Debbie Dela Cruz
Dean Del Rosario
Diane Puni Preza
Shelly Kaleialoha Preza
Anthony Ka‘auamo Pacheco
During the grant period, additional archival storage space was given to the Lāna‘i CHC by Pūlama Lāna‘i, and a new H-Vac/Climate Control System was installed in the archives. As a result of the addition of space and updating of collection categories, the entire collection of Lāna‘i CHC was reorganized, and many objects were rehoused in archival-safe storage materials.
New accessions also continued to be added to collection during the grant period, and include, but are not limited to:
Following much work and review, PastPerfect Collections Software was purchased to establish a uniform indices of collections. More than 22,532 records were input to the new museum software. Development of the collections indices is ongoing.
Examples of the kinds of records and resources housed in the Lāna‘i CHC collections, may be found in the temporary indexes (searchable PDF documents) — covering more than 30,200 entries — available through the links.
Please remember that the indices linked below are version 1 drafts. They are incomplete, need to be edited, and will change as collection work continues.
Since 2007, the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (CHC) has been engaged in sharing the biocultural legacy of Lāna‘i with island students, the community at large, and guests to the island. The first efforts in providing curriculum resource materials to Lāna‘i High & Elementary School (LHES) teachers was the result of a collaboration between Martha Haia Evans (then Vice Principal at the school) and Kepā Maly. In 2011, Lāna‘i CHC developed a fund to foster place-based/cultural literacy learning initiatives on Lāna‘i and received a three-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education-Native Hawaiian Education Act to implement programs. At the close of the grant in 2015, Lāna‘i CHC continued offering cultural literacy programs and developing curricula resource documents with the help of funding partners.
In 2017, Lāna‘i CHC received a two-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Bay Watershed Education and Training Program-Hawai‘i (Grant No. NA17NOS4730195), to develop project-based learning opportunities as a part of an initiative to restore Waia‘ōpae Loko I‘a (Fishpond). The initiative included development of curricula that integrated the natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i into learning experiences for LHES students. We are committed to programs that promote awareness of the natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i and prepare future generations of students to become leaders in island stewardship.
As a part of the GIA program, the 2018 summer program engaged 17 participants. Nine students engaged in curatorial and research programs during the school year, and 149 students participated classroom and field programs engaging in natural- and cultural-landscape programs as part of the growing cultural literacy initiative at Lāna‘i High & Elementary School. With additional funding support from NOAA, the summer program has been carried on throughout the reporting period, and a place-based curricula for 4th, 7th and 10th grades has been developed.
From June 10 – June 21, 2019, nearly 70 haumāna (students), ages 8 to 17 engaged in museum research, and field and classroom studies activities across the island of Lāna‘i. At the closing hō‘ike on June 21st, haumāna from Lāna‘i and Hilo (Hui Ho‘oleimaluō) developed hō‘ike presentations after learning through the Design Thinking process. They identified cultural landscape issues, why these issues are important to the future of Lāna’i and offered suggestions on how they might be solved. More than 65 community members and younger students gathered together to learn about the 2019 E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna’i experiences and recommendations for good stewardship in the future. Funding for the 2019 cultural literacy initiative came from the Legislative Grant In-Aid No. OCS-GIA-18-01; Kamehameha Schools-Community Investing Program, NOAA B-WET Grant No. NA17NOS4730195, and the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (visit https://lanaichc.org/2015-2019 for more information).
Pūlama Lāna‘i – Land Ownership Support
Since 2013, Pūlama Lāna‘i, has supported all cultural literacy and place-based education initiatives making program sites accessible, providing transportation, with resource staff, funding supplies, through matching in-kind grants, and in all facets of program implementation. Pūlama Lāna‘i sees recognizes the value in this initiative as a way of building community capacity for stewardship and future leadership.