Category Archives: Lana`i News

Pu’u pehe, sweetheart rock

“Pu’u Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock, is one of Lâna’i’s most recognisable landmarks. On the Southern coast of the island, between Hulopoe Bay and Manale Bay, stands this magnificent rock, steeped in Hawaiian legend.

Legend tells of two lovers, a beautiful Hawaiian maiden from Lahaina called Pehe and a young warrior from Lâna’i called Makakehau, who gained his name from the Hawaiian words maka, meaning eyes, and kehau, meaning mist. He was so taken by Pehe’s beauty that he would well up every time he saw her.

Makakehau took Pehe to Lâna’i as his wife and hid her in a sea cave at the base of Manele’s cliffs so that no other men could see her. One day Makakehau was out gathering supplies when the weather drastically changed and the raging surf began to pound on the side of the island. He rushed back to the cave but it was too late, Pehe had drowned by the surge of storm waves. Stricken with grief Makakehau gathered her in his arms and, with the help of the gods, he climbed the steep rock island. He buried Pehe in a tomb and then jumped off the 25 metre (80 feet) tall rock to his death.”

From Uncover Travel website© 2021 Uncover Travel. All rights reserved.

LOVE & LOYALTY Theme at 2017 LACA Luncheon

Aloha kakou. The upcoming LACA Scholarship Luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the California Hotel’s Ohana Room from noon to four. The program includes Hawaiian musician Ikaika Brown and a Talk Story session. The onolicious luncheon buffet will be offered again. All guests will receive a hand crafted “Lana’i” token of appreciation.

The Scholarship Luncheon has been able to revive the Lana’i High & Elementary School (LHES) waning scholarship funds for deserving seniors and some of the sports teams costs. All monies raised from the Luncheon and the Silent Auction goes directly to LHES.

This year’s theme is “Lana’i – Love & Loyalty.” Come and share your favorite memories of Lana’i during the Talk Story portion – sure to be nostalgic and funny! See back of this newsletter for your registration form. See you there!

The Historic Lana’i Gym

The historic Lana’i gym was the center of years of basketball games, May Day programs, Graduations and most community events since it was built in 1938-1939 by Hawaiian Pineapple Company and or an independent contractor. The Old Gym continues to be a hive of activity for after school programs and community events.

Echoes of the Lana’i Alma Mater and cheers for the Pine Lads linger in the memories of alumni who visit the gym today to watch the next generation of youth sports. One alumni remarked how it was a thrill to climb the ladder to the score board despite it being off limits to all children.

Today, all school sports and events are held in the new gym named after the late community leader Pedro Dela Cruz. Share your favorite memories of the Old Gym and your best stories of living on Lana’i at this year’s September LACA luncheon.


The Historic Lana’i Jail

lanai-jailTHE HISTORIC LANA’I JAIL from Facebook posts (Sept 2016) that recall long ago events:

  • Frank Soriano: Mid 50s, a few CO60s boys did see the insides of it with their parents, Buddy, Collin, Sat, William, Vic S, Vic P, Frank and others… We almost destroyed the insides of a building behind the gym/old library.
  • John Kauwenaole: When I work MPD that one year I put one prisoner in that jail. Think had two rooms, cage was there yet. 1986.

Images of Lana’i

by Albert De Jetley

Fresh off the press is a new book called “Images of Lana’i” written and compiled by Lanaian writer, journalist, farmer, business woman Alberta De Jetley.  This book will evoke nostalgic memories of Lana’i past and present chronicled in photographs.

Folks may order by mail by sending your orders  to Lanai Today, P.O. Box 630601, Lanai, HI 96763.  The cost of the book is $21.99 with tax of 92 cents, totaling $22.91.  For more than one book, please add tax of 4.166% to the order.  No tax on the postage.  Postage for mailing one to three copies of it in a priority envelope is $5.75.  Please add the postage to the book total.

Alberta notes that “…If people want the book to have a personalized inscription with my autograph, please let me know the names of the people they want the books for…”

A Kokua Request to All LACA Members 
for the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts

By Alberta Morita De Jetley

As you may know, the State of Hawaii’s Department of Education (DOE) uses a weighted student formula to determine how much funding each school receives.  Small schools, especially K-12 schools in Hana and Lanai are always short of funding based on our student count to provide the teachers/custodians/administration the monetary help needed which results in the principals always scrambling to figure out how to manage what little money it receives.

We have been fortunate that Pulama Lanai, the company that runs Lanai for landowner Larry Ellison has given the school $340,000 this school year.  However, it is really the State’s responsibility to provide our school with the money needed for our students and teachers.

For example of how Pulama Lanai’s funding has helped this school year.  The Lanai High & Elementary School (LES) hired a teacher, Matt Glickstein, whose salary is totally funded by Pulama Lanai.  Matt teaches music to our students in all grade levels, working with about 300 students.  Also, he is the director of the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), an organization he started more than two years ago to produce performances by the LHES students.

To date, his performing students have done three plays, with the last being Annie, Jr.  One of the LHES classes in the past three years, also performed for the Dali Lama’s visit last year.  All in all, Matt is an exceptionally gifted teacher who has been able to draw out the very best in each child as witnessed in their outstanding performances.  When he first started working at the school, Matt was an Educational Assistant to our Special Education students. 

We have been told that Matt’s position will no longer be funded for the next school year.  LHES Principal Elton Kinoshita informed a group of concerned community residents that he can offer Matt Glickstein a part-time teacher’s position for the next year and continue his musical studies and activities with the students.

Thus, we are organizing a larger group to include other Lanaians to kokua and to raise the rest of the funds to keep Matt at a full-time salary.  We worked with Principal Kinoshita on that salary range.  Our target goal is $26,000 to augment Matt’s part-tme salary for a total of $40,000 for the next school year.

Presently, Matt’s wife, Kerri, is the school’s band teacher.  They are expecting their first child in June.  At this time, Kerri would like to be able to take a year’s family leave to stay home with their baby.  Both Kerri and Matt are an integral part of LHES and our community in their dedication to offer music opportunities to all of the students.  Without a full-time salary for Matt, we may lose both of them which would be a terrible loss to the school and community.

The board of directors for Tri-Isle Resource, Conservation, and Development Council is the receiving fiscal sponsor to help keep Matt Glickstein at LHES.  Please donate any amount to this effort to help LHES keep Matt Glickstein at a full-time salary for the next year.  The Tri-Isle Resource, Conservation, and Development Council, is a fully staffed non-profit organization which manages more than $10 million in grant monies from federal, state and county sources and private donors, for small organizations in Maui County with a few clients from Kauai and the Big Island. 

As a director on the Tri-Isle council, I am personally pledging $100 to kokua and I hope other LACA members will match my donation.  Please make your check payable to:  Tri-Isle RC&D and in the memo section of your checks, write it is for the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts or to the LAPA.  Please mail to P. O. Box 630601, Lanai City, HI 96763.

With aloha from Lanai, an alumni and concerned resident, Alberta Morita De Jetley

Disclaimer: This is a private request and LACA in no way obligates itself or its members.

2014 LHS Alumni Class Reunion and Pineapple Festival Weekend

By Juan Degamo

Traditionally held during the 4th of July / Pineapple Festival weekend since 2009, the LHS Alumni Class Reunion Weekend this year was attended by twelve (12) alumni classes all celebrating Lana’i’s rich plantation past. Classes who came HOME that weekend of July 4-6 were the class of 1964 (Celebrating 50 Years), 1967, 1970, 1972 (Celebrating turning 60), 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982 (Celebrating turning 50), 1984 (Celebrating 30 Years), and 2004 (Celebrating 10 Years) were represented in full plantation pride in the 2014 Pineapple Festival’s “Plantation Parade” on Saturday July 5th around historic Dole Park. It was quite a sight to see as parade participants were dressed in pineapple picker garb wearing cover pants, arm guards, aprons, gloves, bandanas, straw hats, rubber boots, goggles, and water bottles looking like they all were on their way to the labor yard. Seeing people dressed in these pineapple picker work clothes brought back many fond memories of a bygone era of when pineapple was KING on Lana’i working in the pineapple fields in the summertime. Oh what memories what memories. Next year the 4th of July / Pineapple Festival / LHS Alumni Class Reunion weekend will be July 3-5, 2015.