E 'Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i 2019

Experience the 2019 E ‘ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i – Cultural Literacy Initiative  through this mini-video documentary. Haumāna (students) and Kumu  (teachers) share their experiences in the bio-cultural landscape of  Lāna‘i, and contemplate cultural and ecosystem-restoration.  

E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i 2019 Day 10 – June 21, 2019

E ‘IKE HOU IA LĀNA‘I Summer 2019

Cultural Literacy Initiative


June 10 – June 21, 2019. Over the period of two weeks 70 haumāna (students), ages 8 to 17 engaged in field and classroom 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 about 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. Today, 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.

Much appreciation to E ‘Ike Hou leaders, Shelly Kaleialoha Preza, Jana Kaopuiki; Diane Preza and the Pūlama Lāna‘i Culture & Historic Preservation, Natural Resources and Recreation Departments; Pam Pili Alconcel, Albert Morita, and many other mea kāko‘o (supporters/helpers). Financial support for the 2019 cultural literacy initiative came from Kamehameha Schools-Community Investing Program, NOAA B-WET Grant No. NA17NOS4730195, the Legislative Grant In-Aid No. OCS-GIA-18-01; and the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. Mahalo also to Lāna‘i High & Elementary School for use of the Science Classroom for in-door sessions.

The 2019 program was the seventh year in this cultural literacy initiative. Original program funding was sponsored through the Native Hawaiian Education Act.

E holo mua a kau mai i ka lei o ke aloha no ka honua ola! 

E ‘ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i 2018 Cultural Literacy Initiative

E ‘IKE HOU IA LĀNA‘I Summer 2018

Summer 2018 — the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center hosted its  sixth annual summer program for Lāna‘i youth, focusing on knowledge of  the bio-cultural landscape of their island home. This short film documentary shares some of the experiences and thoughts  of our students, and the goals of the program. The 2018 program was conducted as a part of grant initiatives by NOAA –  BWET, a Grant in Aide from the Hawai‘i State Legislature, the community  educational initiative of Kamehameha Schools, and with the support of  Pūlama Lāna‘i, the Lāna‘i Archaeological Committee, and many friends. Video, editing and production by Bryan Berkowitz and Jake Cahill. 

E ‘IKE HOU IA LĀNA‘I Summer 2018

Lāna‘i Cultural Literacy Initiative – Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center Music – ‘E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i – Composed by 2015 Cultural Literacy initiative Students. With Matt Kawaiola Sproat and Kepā Maly.  

E ‘IKE HOU IA LĀNA‘I Summer 2017

Week 1 (June 12-16, 2017)


Teachers, resource staff and students met at classroom to organize groups and program goals and objectives.  

 They  began work on mele, took a Lāna‘i knowledge pre-test, and engaged in  their first projects. Embracing the theme of a living environment, the  groups selected environmental zones for the names – Kai Kohola (shallow  reef flats), Ka ‘Ilima (the dry ‘ilima covered lowlands), and Kuahiwi  (the mountain ridges. They then engaged in creating posters to describe  the environmental zone and certain features and characteristics for  which they are known.  

 During  the day, the students also visited the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage  Center to explore facets of Lāna‘i’s history, artifacts from earlier  days, and then explored history of Waia‘ōpae and Maunalei in preparation  for their field stewardship projects. 

Week 2 (June 19-23, 2017)


Students and alaka‘i walked up to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage  where they met with Mikala Enfield, who shared a small collection of  unique Lāna‘i artifacts in a hands-on session, and also described the  processes of accessioning and preserving heritage collections. The  students then engaged in researching and selecting a particular item in  the collection to describe in presentations to their fellow program  participants.  

 Aunty  Ke‘ala Kaopuiki Santos, who joined us as a resources teacher for the  week from Kamehameha Schools. The focus of the day was to review  traditions and historical literature about Maunalei Ahupua‘a,  traditional agricultural practices, and Lāna‘i Hale. Students engaged in  reading aloud, then creating group posters depicting some facet of the  landscape that stood out in their mind from the readings and talking  story. 

Week 3 (June 26-30, 2017)

Group at Hulopo'e.

Field  camp at Hulopo‘e Beach from Monday through Friday. Greet the Hui O Waʻa  Kaulua Crew and Waʻa Kaulua Moʻokiha from Maui. Crew and Lāna‘i ‘ohana  introductions, preparations for mooring overnight, Haumāna explore the  wa‘a and learn about what makes it work. 

Kilo hōkū (stargazing) and  Ho‘okele (navigation) wa‘a learning. Group voyaging between Mānele and  Kaunolū, stewardship project along coast, continue work on haku mele and   creative writing, poster development, and prepare narratives about  experience. Families are being asked to help with food and potluck  dinners. On the evening of Thursday, June 29th, the Lānaʻi community  will be invited to participate in stargazing and a talk on navigation  and voyaging. 

Week 4 (July 3-7, 2017)

Ho'ike mural.

Revisit  Maunalei Valley and Waia‘ōpae for stewardship/service learning.  Students will develop management planning concepts (posters and oral  presentations), complete video interviews and documentary project. Final  Hōʻike and culminating event will take place on July 7th.  

July 7, 2017



The program opened with students offering the oli, Hanohano Lāna‘i, and the agenda followed with: 

  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgments
  • Singing “Ho’onani” and lunch
  • Presentation describing the program mural
  • Student presentations by Kāna‘i Kanaloa
  • Story and background of the creative writing and development of the 2017 mele
  • Presentations of individual student reflections
  • Arrival of Senator Brian Schatz
  • Student Project Presentations – Problems and Opportunities
  • Lāna‘i Hale, Maunalei Valley, and Waia‘ōpae Fishpond
  • Q & A with Senator Schatz
  • Aloha -- Pau

E ʻIke Hou Iā Lānaʻi 2016

Check out this great video Mahalo Hawai'i Community Foundaton, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, Lānaʻi Archaeological Committee, Lānaʻi High & Elementary School, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Pūlama Lānaʻi, Queen Lili'uokalani Children's  Center, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts National Organization for Traditional Artists Exchange. 

E ʻIke Hou Iā Lānaʻi 2015

Haumāna and Kumu gathered at Maunalei as a part of the 2015 E ‘ike Hou  Iā Lāna‘i Cultural Literacy Program. Maunalei and other storied places  on Lāna’i inspired students in the composition of their Lāna’i mele…