The “Lāna‘i Guide” GPS Web-enabled Application has been designed to help users safely and respectfully explore the rich natural and cultural history of Lāna‘i.
Cultural and Natural Resources on Lāna‘i are protected under federal and state law. Penalties for harming these resources include fines of up to $25,000, imprisonment, and payment of value of the resource damaged. Please help us care for Lāna‘i’s heritage landscape – take only photos, and leave only footprints behind.
The information has been researched and compiled over several decades from local and national archive repositories. The concept of the guide is that providing residents and island visitors with accurate information will lead to better experiences on the island, foster a sense of appreciation for Lāna‘i, and build a sense of stewardship for our cherished resources.
Traveling this storied landscape one experiences the awe of an island’s birth and arrival of life on once barren shores. The history also touches on the wonder of the first people who settled the island nearly 800 years ago to become the Hawaiians, and how they lived upon the land in a careful system of cultural sustainability. The heritage site narratives also described how in less than 125 years the development of ranching and plantation operations changed the landscape.
The application has been developed through a partnership of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center and Pūlama Lāna‘i, and in the first phase of work was funded by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (www.hawaiitourismauthority.org) and Hawai‘i Community Foundation (www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org).
The IT component of the application was designed by Maui-based Koa IT through Lawelawe i Maui Nui, and is meant to be a dynamic tool that adds value to the experience of residents and visitors as they explore Lāna‘i.
Primary resource documentation from a wide range of archives is now housed in the collections of the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center and Pūlama Lāna‘i. For more information you may visit www.lanaichc.org, www.lanai96763.com or www.fourseasons.com/manelebay.
E ho‘ohanohano i ka wā kahiko, a e ho‘olako ana i ka mua aku! (Honoring the past, enriching the future!)