Developed in 2016, the Lānaʻi Guide app serves as a free, comprehensive guide resource for students, local community members, visitors, and those who simply wish to gain more knowledge about the island. The app features significant cultural and historic sites on Lānaʻi, including storied places as Waiaʻōpae Fishpond, Kaunolū Heritage Complex, and Hiʻi Agricultural Heiau.
Our project includes developing an object recognition feature into the app that would allow users to scan objects on display at Lānaʻi CHC and then view multimedia that would pop up. For example, a user could scan a pōhaku kuʻi ʻai (poi pounding stone) and a video of how poi is made would emerge on the screen. Additionally, we hope to link these artifacts with sites that people can visit, as we believe that our living classroom is in the landscape, with Lānaʻi CHC just as a starting point for an educational journey. The Lānaʻi Guide app has made sharing information more accessible, and the proposed enhancements will create a more engaging experience for users, who will hopefully be inspired to respectfully visit significant cultural and historical sites. For students, this feature creates an exciting tech opportunity that will get them engaged in learning about their island home and its rich history.
Our first priority is to ensure the protection of the cultural and historic sites on Lānaʻi. While we encourage community members and visitors to explore, both the mobile and web versions of the app remind users that cultural and natural resources are protected under federal and state law and to be respectful when visiting these sites. Our belief is that by providing informed access to Lānaʻi places, we are not only helping to educate residents about their environment but also encouraging mindfulness in visitors to the island.
Development of the object recognition feature into the app and creation of linked educational content will take place during the first half of 2020, and we will organize an official launch event celebrating the new feature in August 2020! If you are on Lānaʻi, please join us to celebrate our living history, and if you would like more information, please visit our website at lanaichc.org and download the free Lānaʻi Guide App, available on Google Play and the App Store. Mahalo!
Support provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program.