The Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center

Honoring the past, enriching the future!

by Kepa Maly, Executive Director

We are humbled and privileged to report to you that support of the Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center (Lana`i CHC) has been great. Since opening our doors as a non-profit community heritage center on October 1st, 2007, we have hosted more than 4,500 participants in our programs; raised more than $40,000.00 through community donations; received a commitment of $50,000.00 a year for three years from Castle & Cooke, along with use of the present center; received a gift from Ho’opa’a i ka Na’auao in the amount of $61,000.00; secured a $30,000.00 grant from Maui County and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority; and received a major grant of $750,000.00 from the Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help develop a permanent home for the Lana`i CHC.

Our goal is to ensure that the legacy of Lana`i remains an integral part of our community. Over the last ten months many efforts have been initiated and options explored to make a permanent home for the Lana`i CHC. After lengthy discussions between our board members with Castle & Cooke, program specialists and interested parties, we have determined that the most secure route for a sustainable future of the Lana`i CHC is to seek available property in Lana`i City on which to set the foundation of the heritage programs. The vision is to develop both fixed exhibits (more typical of museum settings for valued items) and living history collections, where Lana`i’s residents and visitors can experience the heritage of Lana`i.

We are also planning a controlled archival collection storage and conservation area, and community heritage library, which will house historical documents, photos, maps, textiles and other items of importance to Lana`i’s people and past.

To make this community vision a reality, and to ensure that the programs are sustainable, we need the help of everyone who cares for Lana`i. Many hands will make the work easy to complete. We are now preparing to enter into a capital improvements fundraising campaign to secure a site, and your help is needed. If we are to protect and pass on Lana`i’s history, we need families to donate cherished items reflective of the diverse cultural heritage of Lana`i. If we are to be good stewards of the artifacts and historical collections, and ensure that the rich history of Lana`i is passed on to future generations, we need a larger facility and financial support to offer the programs.

We hope that you might support the Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center, by sharing history and important materials of our past, and through contributions to our fundraising efforts. Your monetary donations are tax-deductible, and you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to pass on the legacy of Lana`i’s heritage to future generations.

The Lana`i CHC is presently located in the Old Dole Administrative Building (Room 126), at 730 Lana`i Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Special arrangements for off-hour visits may be made as well. For more information please contact us. Also, more information on heritage center programs may be viewed on line at

Mahalo a nui,
Kepa Maly, Executive Director
(Board members: Pamela Mae Alconcel, Martha Evans, Colbert Matsumoto & Gary Yokoyama)

LACA Hawaii Building

Home of the Lana’i Alumni and Community Association

See photos of LACA Hawaii Building

Robert Kinoshita, president and owner of Kula Sand, LLC, has generously designated the use of the LACA Hawaii Building to the Lanai Alumni and Community Association. In the spirit of ohana, Lanai High and Elementary school organizations, alumni, and Lanai community groups are welcome to use the facility.

Rosita Viduya Hueu will be in charge of coordinating and scheduling the use of the facility for alumni reunions, meetings, social events, LACA family reunions, Lana’i school and community groups.  She can be reached at (808) 455-7605 or through postal service:

Rosita V. Hueu, Coordinator
1846 Hoolaulea Street
Pearl City, HI 96782

The building, LACA Hawaii, located at 1064 Sand Island Parkway is on state government property and under the control of the Department of Land and Natural Resource.  The property is part of the Sand Island Industrial Park and the landlord is the Sand Island Business Association.  As a tenant,   Kula Sand, LLC, is responsible in ensuring that the property is utilized appropriately.

The following are several of the features of the LACA Hawaii Building:

  • 24’ x 35’ green and white modular building
  • excellent for large and small group meetings and social functions
  • accommodates 50-75 people.
  • air conditioned
  • carpeted
  • has a restroom and shower
  • 1 large conference room with table and chairs
  • 2 small conference rooms
  • 1 lounge equipped with television, sofa, coffee table, utility sink/counter, microwave, and refrigerator

Amenities include ample parking, an outdoor barbecue shed and a portable grill.  A stainless steel (laundry) tub with water faucet is readily available for the outdoor picnic/function.

LACA Hawaii (LACA HI) will be focusing on enhancing the three (out of eight) LACA membership purposes:

  1. To promote fellowship among the alumni and the (Lanai) community members.
  2. To keep in touch with former schoolmates and friends in the community.
  3. To promote and participate in civic, industrial, recreational, educational, social, and cultural activities of the (Lanai) community.

In lieu of a deposit for use of the facility, any voluntary monetary gift of aloha will be used to help defray part of the LACA Hawaii operational expenses with surplus funds disseminated to the Lanai Alumni and Community Association (LACA) and to the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation (PSHF).  Please make checks payable to Kula Sand, LLC with the foot note memo: for LACA HI.

Robert Kinoshita was presented with the 2005 Distinguished Member Award for his significant contributions through services and financial support to the Lanai Alumni and Community Association.   He is a Charter member and belongs to the Lanai Hale Club ($1000 or more).  He and his wife Mildredhave a son Dean and two daughters, Sandra and Carol.

Calendar of Events

Board of Directors Meetings
2nd Wednesday in June, August, September, November, February, March, April

Annual Membership Meeting/Social
Usually held in May at a restaurant

August 26, 2006
LACA Hawaii Bazaar

1064 Sand Island Parkway

November 11, 2006
LACA Hawaii Holiday Craft Fair

Kapolei Middle School
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway

January 27, 2007
LACA Hawaii Photo Gallery:  Lana’i, We Remember!

Coordinator:  Sharen Hashimoto, class of 1969
Committee:  Charlotte Richardson Holsomback, Mary Ellen Richardson Nakoa, Nickie Morita Oshiro, Jacob Hueu, Rosita Viduya Hueu
Volunteers welcome.  On-going project in displaying vintage and current photos that chronicle decades of Lana’i and LACA events and milestones.

May 16, 2009
Class of 1956 will present to LACA photos and profiles of fifteen alumni war casualties which will be displayed in the LACA Hawaii Photo Gallery.  The Fallen Heroes tribute honors alumni who died in the Korean War, Vietnam, and Iraq.

Give aloha at Foodland and Sack N Save to help us raise funds

Our organization is participating in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. This program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.

How It Works
From Sept. 1 – 30, customers are invited to make donations of up to a cumulative total of $249 per person, per organization to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation.*

More Funds this Year!
The Western Union Foundation has genereously donated $50,000 to add to Foodland’s gift of $250,000 to non-profit-organizations participating in Give Aloha this year. Therefore, the total gift that will be given to all participating non-profit organizations combined is $300,000!

How To Donate

At checkout, present your Maika`i Card and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to our organization. If you do not have a Maika‘i Card, you may request one. Our five digit registration code is 77838. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. You may give up to $249 per organization (donations exceeding $249 will not be matched). The amount you have donated to us and the name of our organization will appear on your receipt. Any donation must be made payable to Foodland or Sack N Save. Donor names will not be released to our organization, so if you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Are These Contributions Tax Deductible?

These contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please save your store receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation.

*How Matching Gifts Will Be Calculated
Matching Gifts will be calculated after the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their % of Foodland’s $300,000 matching gift. The portion of the matching gift that each organization will receive will be based on the total dollar amount of customer donations designated to that organization as a % of all customer donations received for all organizations.


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