Lanai Culture & Heritage Center received federal grant


Cultural Literacy

And Place Based Education Initiatives On Lāna‘i

Photograph - Native Hawaiian Education Act Program staff, resource teachers and members of Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center Board Members gather at the Schaumburg's home for a Lāna‘i potluck. Kepā Maly, photo.

The U.S. Department of Education-Native Hawaiian Education Act sponsored place-based education program, “E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i–Embracing Lāna‘i’s History Through Language and Literacy,” is a three year program that began in 2013. The year-round programs are offered free of charge to Lāna‘i residents and those interested in our island history.

As a part of the year two (2014) programs, the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (Lāna‘i CHC) has been hosting a series of cultural landscape and literacy workshops, and offered a three-week field school in Hawaiian Lifestyles, Archaeology, Marine Biology, Watershed Systems, Stewardship, and Literature. The summer enrichment camp was open to students entering grades 6-12 and recent high school graduates. Activities engaged participants in programs rooted in the native lore and practices of Lāna‘i, and linked traditional knowledge with modern skills in environmental resource management programs. Upper Lāna‘i High & Elementary School students and recent graduates who completed the three-week course also recieved college credits in English 100, and basic background in Anthropology 200.

The program integrated traditional Hawaiian language accounts penned by natives as early as the 1830s, and foreign accounts of Lāna‘i into literacy initiatives. The historic literature documents practices, beliefs, and changes that have occurred on Lāna‘i over the last 180 years.  The program also incorporated place based knowledge of land, sea, water and people that are uniquely ours on Lāna‘i. 

Students in the summer program participated in both classroom and field work. The activities included: (1) surveying a traditional Hawaiian fishpond at Waia‘ōpae along the windward shore of Pālāwai Ahupua‘a, (2) mapping ancient lo‘i kalo and other cultural-archaeological resources in Maunalei Valley, (3) engaging in programs of literacy in Hawaiian and English, and (4) exploring the marine environment with Hawai‘i Pacific University marine biologists and visiting the Sea Education Association (S.E.A.) 135 foot research sailing vessel.  Lāna‘i CHC has been working closely with Lāna‘i High & Elementary School, Pūlama Lāna‘i, Honua Consulting, UH-Maui College, Hawai‘i Pacific University/S.E.A., Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, and community partners to create an engaging place-based curriculum for Lāna‘i. Instructors included specialists in a wide-range of fields; including archaeology, marine biology, musicians, university professors, as well as long-time Lāna‘i resident fishermen, anthropologists, environmentalists, and cultural practitioners.

Through a revival of traditional knowledge, history, and sense of place, E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i seeks to inspire wise use, stewardship, and cultural sustainability among Lāna‘i’s present and future generations. 

Sharing details of programs and place-based curriculum activities offered through the NHE Grant.



2012 - 2013 Program Summary

Photograph - Lāna'i Residents and Native Hawaiian Education Grant Program Staff visited several of Lāna'i's heritage sites in early January 2013 in preparation for student workshops over the next three years. Field schools will serve as the foundation for student journals, videography projects, GIS mapping programs, advancing skills in literature and knowledge of their community history. Photo, Kepā Maly.


The Lānaʽi Culture & Heritage Center initiated a program to inspire a literate Lānaʽi community of all generations which takes pride in its own traditions and legacy.  “E ʽIke Hou iā Lānaʽi: Embracing Lānaʻi’s History through Language and Literacy” is a three-year program funded through a grant of the U.S. Department of Education-Native Hawaiian Education Act designed to improve cultural awareness, literacy and Lānaʽi High School graduation rates.  The program title, E ʽIke Hou iā Lānaʽi encourages all to know Lānaʽi anew, and to view our island home with newfound curiosity, pride, and respect. E ʽIke Hou iā Lānaʽi is also designed to foster a technologically interconnected and literate community founded on strong traditional Hawaiian values in a modern worldwide context.

IT Distance Learning System

2012 - 2013 Program Start-Up

Photograph - Shawn Jones, technician with OneVision completed installation of the Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center's IT-Distance​Learning System funded through the Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant and conducted a workshop in use of this amazing technology. Lāna'i can now connect with classrooms around the world, sharing our island legacy and learning from others. May 17, 2013 Photo, Simon Tajiri.


In the 2012-2013 period several key program areas were developed and implemented to engage Lāna‘i students and the larger community in place-based cultural literacy programs. These initiatives included:

•    Development of a Distance Learning Center and Living Heritage Field School
•    A Community Driven Read-Aloud Child Literacy Program
•    High School and Adult Hawaiian Language Classes
•    Read To Me International (RTMI) on Lāna‘i
•    Archeological Field School
•    Virtual Tours/Media Literacy Class
​•    GPS/GIS Instruction

‘E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘I – Native Hawaiian Education Program

Feed Me A Story, Read To Me Literacy Fair & Family Dinner. Sharing video highlights by Anthony Kaauamo Pacheco. 

Sponsored by Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant and Read To Me International. May 8th, 2013

Read To Me program, 2013.

Read To Me International 2013, 2014 and 2015


Photograph - Mahalo Lāna‘I Community for joining us for this special Read To Me program sponsored by the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center & Read to Me International (May 8th, 2013). We enjoyed our time together at the Read to Me Literacy Fair & Family Dinner held at the cafeteria (Feed Me a Story). Photo - Onaona Maly  'E 'Ike Hou Iā Lāna'i, Native Hawaiian Education Act Program was held at the Lāna‘i High & Elementary School Cafeteria on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 from 5 pm - 6:30 pm.

Hawai'i's Read To Me International, under the leadership of Lynne Waihe'e, Pat Mizuno and Mary Matayoshi have engaged in a three year program, using  field-tested techniques to making reading fun! The RTMI team visits Lāna'i twice a month during the school year, where they read to children, teach read-aloud techniques to upper grade students and adults, and provide families with simple tips to use reading aloud to bring parents and children closer together.

E Ike Hou Ia Lanai - June, 27, 2013

2012-2013 Summer Field School and Community Programs

Photograph -  Archaeologists Warren Osako & Cynthia Webb, and Lāna'i High students examine coral mortar fragments that they've screened from the first layer of topsoil. The rocking, double decker screen was built by Warren Osako and Albert Morita specifically for this project. Sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant. A cultural-historical overview of Lāna'i's history through an interpretive/educational program with the Lāna'i Culture & Heritage Center. June 27, 2013. Photo, Hope Shin.


In between June to September 2013, a series of place-based activities were offered to the community and Lāna‘i High & Elementary School Students. The major initiates included:

•    Archaeological Field School – Kihamāniania Heritage Site

•    Technology: IPad Training

•    Beginning DSLR Film making

•    Beginning DSLR Film making Rubric AP

•    HDSLR Basic Camera Operations

•    Hawaiian Language Enrichment Studies

•    Read To Me International   

​The 2012-2013 reports to the US Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program, provide greater details on the services and engagement of the Lāna‘i community in place-based education through experiential activities, classrooms without walls, and cultural literacy.

Links to Native Hawaiian Education Report Documents:


NHE Report 2012 – 2013 (PDF)

NHE Report September 7, 2013 (PDF)

Day 1 —E ‘Ike Hou Ia Lāna‘i - Summer Program June 2013


Pre-Training: iPad Technologies & Overview of Cultural Traditions. June 12 to June 14, 2013. 10am - 2pm.

Huaka'i, Archaeological Field School. June 24 to June 29, 8am - 2pm.  Cultural-historical overview of Lāna‘i's history through an  interpretive/educational program.Recommended for rising 7-12th grades  and graduates from the class of 2013. 


E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i 2013 Summer Field School

Mahalo nui to instructors, students and all who made the I 'Ike Hou Iā Lāna'i (To Know Lāna'i Once Again) archaeological field school and the documentary filmmakers apprenticeship program possible, and a great success. We are very proud of all the students who stepped up to participate in the program, and as a result learned about our island's cherished cultural landscape in the two weeks of workshops. 

This program is part of a seminar series over a three year period sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant in promoting literacy on Lāna'i through the exploration and rediscovery of its storied places. June 29, 2013. Photo, Kepā Maly.

E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i 2014

 This  summer the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (Lāna‘i CHC) offered a  three-week field school in Hawaiian Lifestyles, Archaeology, Marine  Biology, Watershed Environments, Stewardship opportunities, and  Literature for students, grades 6-12, June 9 - 27, 2014.  

Waia‘ōpae Video Tour 2014

Sharing this short video of their visit to Waia‘ōpae from Kameleonalani Mano-Nakooka, Maile Laporga and Kaimana Riel.

Maunalei video tour 2014

Thoughts during their Maunalei visit as shared from Kealohi Burgess, Kealoha Kahananui and Kamaile Mano, students who attended last summer’s program, E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i. Filming and Editing by Hope Shin, Gabby Shin & Kaimana Riel. Reminder for students to register now for this year’s E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i — To Know Lāna‘i Once Again Summer Enrichment Camp — June 8 to July 3, 2015. Deadline is April 30, 2015. Open to students currently in Grades 7-12. 


E ‘IKE HOU IA LĀNA‘I Summer 2014

Embracing Lāna‘i’s History Through Language and Literacy Native Hawaiian Education Program 2014


Pictured. First row, left to right: Michelle Fujie(Curriculum Development), Kaimana Mano, Adrianna Sanchez, Naupaka Borders, Kayci Kaopuiki, Anela Fernandez, Cherie Malacas, Caroline Stuck, Maile Laporga, Kahealani Ganer-Eskaran, Lehia Koanui, Liana Koanui, Kamele Mano, Shelly Preza (NHE Intern/Student Coordinator). Second row, left to right: Abigail Sandi, Alika Tan, Sophia Lim, Ryssen Kahananui, Kealoha Kahananui, Kaimana Riel, Ryan Amby, Derek Kahananui, Joseph Nohara, Brian Kaopuiki, Hiilani Mano, Zachary Holsomback (Training Facilitator). Not shown: Leimari Bacalso, Kealohi Burgess, Kehaulani Esteban, Kamaile Mano, Kaiholena Ohashi, and Hokupaa Stokes. Photo: Simon Seisho Tajiri, Aug. 14, 2014. See article published in Mana Magazine, Nov. 2014


This summer the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center (Lāna‘i CHC) offered a three-week field school in Hawaiian Lifestyles, Archaeology, Marine Biology, Watershed Environments, Stewardship opportunities, and Literature for students, grades 6-12, June 9 - 27, 2014. 

An overview of group activities participated in by students may be seen in the student produced video below. Students worked under the direction of Anthony Kaauamo Pacheco, and learned about the technologies available to them and documenting events.