Mānoa Heritage Center

Mānoa Heritage Center Inspiring people to be thoughtful stewards of their heritage. A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi by caring for and sharing a cultural landscape centered on the sacred Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau, Native Hawaiian gardens and historic Kūaliʻi home and collections.

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Did you miss our most recent virtual Kahaukani Conversation, Mānoa Chinese Cemetery: Legacy of a Valley with Nanette Nap...
01/21/2021

Did you miss our most recent virtual Kahaukani Conversation, Mānoa Chinese Cemetery: Legacy of a Valley with Nanette Napoleon? Want to rewatch it to catch something you missed?

Find the recording and those of all our other past Virtual Kahaukani Conversations on our YouTube channel. Just search “Mānoa Heritage Center” 🙂

And stay tuned for information and registration for the next Conversation!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #VirtualKahaukaniConversations #MHCatHome
#MānoaChineseCemetery #LinYeeChungCemetery

Are you a DOE teacher or administrator interested in working with community organizations? Want to learn how to develop ...
01/14/2021

Are you a DOE teacher or administrator interested in working with community organizations? Want to learn how to develop watershed-based Learning Journeys?

Join Cohort 2 and work with Lyon Arboretum, Mānoa Heritage Center, Waikiki Aquarium, UH Manoa College of Education, and Arizona State University Design School in our Ala Wai B-WET Project

Get more information and submit an application of interest at bit.ly/mhcbwet

#MānoaHeritageCenter #NOAABWET #NOAABWETHawaii #HealthyWatersheds #LearnOutdoors #WatershedEducation #EnvironmentalEducation #Learning #STEM #STEMS2 #Environment #AlaWaiWatershed

We are excited to announce that our Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke workshops are back!UPDATE: SOLD OUT!This month, join Oʻahu based ...
01/08/2021

We are excited to announce that our Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke workshops are back!

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!
This month, join Oʻahu based artist Dianne Ige to learn how to make a basket out of a piece of palm bark. Each participant will have the opportunity to make 2 baskets. Register at bit.ly/mhcpalmbark

Saturday, January 30, 2021
9-11 am
1 session $25
Maximum 4 participants

**Note: subject to change depending on current COVID caseload

This workshop series is made possible with support from the Atherton Family Foundation.

#MānoaHeritageCenter #MaKaHanaKaIkeWorkshops #PalmBarkBaskets

Happy new year from MHC!!We wish you a healthy and happy 2021 💕   We grateful for all your support during the crazy year...
01/01/2021

Happy new year from MHC!!

We wish you a healthy and happy 2021 💕

We grateful for all your support during the crazy year that was 2020 and look forward to what 2021 will bring. We are hoping to bring back our Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke workshops and paper making classes (with smaller groups to respect COVID guidelines) sometime next year. We miss seeing everyone and hope we get to soon!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #HauoliMakahikiHou #HappyNewYear #KokioKeokeo #Ilima #ŌhiaMamo #Ōhai

Mele Kalikimaka! 🎄🎅🏽Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!💕 From all of us at MHC and our Christmas tortoise Joey 🥰#...
12/24/2020

Mele Kalikimaka! 🎄🎅🏽

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

💕 From all of us at MHC and our Christmas tortoise Joey 🥰

#MānoaHeritageCenter #MHCatHome #MānoaValley #Tortoise #MeleKalikimaka #MerryChristmas #ChristmasTortoise

Registration is now open for our first virtual Kahaukani Conversations of 2021!! Join us on Thursday, January 14 at 5pm ...
12/21/2020

Registration is now open for our first virtual Kahaukani Conversations of 2021!!

Join us on Thursday, January 14 at 5pm HST via Zoom as guest speaker Nanette Naioma Napoleon talks about the history of Mānoa Chinese Cemetery and its role in the valley followed by a discussion of the specific preservation issues faced when dealing with compromised headstones.

Nanette is a freelance researcher, writer, and lecturer who focuses on the history and cultures of Hawaiʻi. She is best known as being the state’s leading expert on historical cemeteries and is the author of the book “O’ahu Cemetery Burial Ground and Historic Site.”

Register at bit.ly/mhcnanette. Hope to see you there!!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #KahaukaniConversations #VirtualKahaukaniConversations #MānoaChineseCemetery #MānoaValley

MHC’s free kamaʻāina tours will be ending in 2 weeks. We’ve added in several tour slots to extend this offer since space...
12/11/2020

MHC’s free kamaʻāina tours will be ending in 2 weeks. We’ve added in several tour slots to extend this offer since space is limited. We hope to see you soon!

Sign up for a tour today at bit.ly/mhcfreetours

Swipe to see available tours.

*Following state guidelines, group sizes are limited to 5 including the docent guide. If the date you selected is not available for a party of 4, that means others have previously registered and you might want to select a different date with 4 guest openings.

#MānoaHeritageCenter #MānoaValley #NativrHawaiianGarden #FreeKamaāinaTours

Happy Aloha Friday from partly cloudy and occasionally rainy Mānoa Valley 🌦 This weather gives us a chance to see how th...
11/21/2020

Happy Aloha Friday from partly cloudy and occasionally rainy Mānoa Valley 🌦 This weather gives us a chance to see how the fuzzy hairs (called pubescence by botanists) on ʻōhai leaves catch water.

Fun fact: ʻŌhai is a member of the pea family!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #MHCatHome #MānoaValley #NativeHawaiianPlants #NativeHawaiianGarden #Ōhai #MacroPlant #MacroPhotography #MacroHawaii

Happy Monday! 🌺 We hope you have a great week! Starting the week off with some close up shots of the beautiful ʻihiʻihil...
11/17/2020

Happy Monday! 🌺 We hope you have a great week!

Starting the week off with some close up shots of the beautiful ʻihiʻihilauākea (Marsilea villosa) 🍀

Fun fact: Though this native plant may look like a four-leafed clover it is actually an aquatic fern! It can be grown in soil or water 🌱

#MānoaHeritageCenter #MHCatHome #MānoaValley #NativeHawaiianPlants #NativeHawaiianGarden #Ihiihilauākea

Here’s some food for thought on this beautiful Thursday! 🌺 Learn about the ancient Hawaiians through our most recent Kah...
11/12/2020

Here’s some food for thought on this beautiful Thursday! 🌺 Learn about the ancient Hawaiians through our most recent Kahaukani Conversations with Dr. Hallett Hammatt, a seasoned archaeologist who has worked throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In our most recent Virtual Kahaukani Conversations he shares stories about his team’s work at Kōloa on Kauaʻi, Kawākiu on Molokaʻi, and on the island of Kahoʻolawe. With a focus on farming and fishing in ancient Hawai‘i we learn about the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Hawaiian people through what they left behind; and it’s truly amazing!

Go to bit.ly/mhcblog19 to view our blog and the recording of Dr. Hammatt’s talk. We hope you enjoy learning from him as much as we do!
#KaaipūKākouBlog #MHCatHome #MānoaHeritageCenter #VirtualKahaukaniConversations #KahaukaniConversations #HawaiianArchaeology #HawaiianCulture #HawaiianHistory #Archaeology #KōloaKauai #KawākiuMolokai #Kahoolawe #KahoolaweIsland #ThursdayThoughts

For any of your Hawaii peeps who have teens at home...we have a few anonymous questions for them. xoxo
10/24/2020

For any of your Hawaii peeps who have teens at home...we have a few anonymous questions for them. xoxo

CALLING ALL TEENS! CALLING ALL TEENS!

MHC is interested in what you have to say. We want to hear your opinions!

Please take this 2-minute survey at bit.ly/mhcteens and we will love love you forever 🙏🏼💕 We really will!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #TeensForMHC #TeenVoices #OralHistories #HawaiiHistory #TeenHistorians #PrimarySourceDocuments #MānoaHistory

CALLING ALL TEENS! CALLING ALL TEENS! MHC is interested in what you have to say. We want to hear your opinions! Please t...
10/24/2020

CALLING ALL TEENS! CALLING ALL TEENS!

MHC is interested in what you have to say. We want to hear your opinions!

Please take this 2-minute survey at bit.ly/mhcteens and we will love love you forever 🙏🏼💕 We really will!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #TeensForMHC #TeenVoices #OralHistories #HawaiiHistory #TeenHistorians #PrimarySourceDocuments #MānoaHistory

MHC is open! ...sort of!As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, MHC is happy to announce that we will be reope...
10/22/2020

MHC is open! ...sort of!

As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, MHC is happy to announce that we will be reopening for small group tours twice a week.

Tour Days: Wednesdays at 3pm & Thursdays at 9am
Maximum group size: 4 people
Cost: FREE for kamaʻāina, $20 for non-residents

Reserve your tour time by visiting bit.ly/mhctourcal or click the link in our bio!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #StaySafe

Our munroidendron is flowering and fruiting in abundance! Aren’t they so interesting in their hanging ponytail-like shap...
10/14/2020

Our munroidendron is flowering and fruiting in abundance! Aren’t they so interesting in their hanging ponytail-like shape?

This endemic and critically endangered tree is named for New Zealand born George Campbell Munro (1866-1963) who was a pioneer in Hawaiian botany and ornithology (study of birds). Munro was the first to discover this native tree that was once historically lost.

Because knowledge of the tree itself was lost, it is also not known how early Hawaiians may have used this plant and it has no known official Hawaiian name though some call it pōkalakala or false ʻohe.

#NativeHawaiianPlants #Munroidendron #MānoaHeritageCenter #MHCatHome #PlantsOfHawaii

Happy Aloha Friday! 🌺💕We invite you to come and learn about farming and fishing in ancient Hawaiʻi from archaeologist Dr...
10/02/2020

Happy Aloha Friday! 🌺💕

We invite you to come and learn about farming and fishing in ancient Hawaiʻi from archaeologist Dr. Hallett H. Hammatt in our next Virtual Kahaukani Conversations. Dr. Hammatt has been a working archaeologist for 45 years and will be sharing several of the projects his team at Cultural Surveys Hawaiʻi has worked on over the years.

When: Thursday, October 29
Time: 5:00 pm HST
Platform: Zoom

Register at bit.ly/hammatt

Hope to see you there!!

#KahaukaniConversations #VirtualKahaukaniConversations #MānoaHeritageCenter #MHCatHome #HawaiianCulture #HawaiianHistory #Archaeology #DrHallettHammatt #CulturalSurveysHawaii

MHC is excited to offer another Fall Break hula camp! However, we have only 2 more open spots so sign up quickly!! This ...
09/26/2020

MHC is excited to offer another Fall Break hula camp! However, we have only 2 more open spots so sign up quickly!!

This event is completely FREE for the whole week and open to students age 8-12. Camp will be taught by renowned kumu hula Kilohana Silve.

During these session students will participate in interactive activities such as making hula implements and storytelling. There will also be daily zoom excursions into the MHC gardens to introduce Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau and the moʻolelo (stories) of native plants.

The week will culminate with a virtual exhibition illustrating the story of Kahalaopuna, the rainbow beauty of Mānoa and a virtual Hoʻolauloa wearing adornments made during the week and the performance of hula.

Reconnect with the ʻāina and learn by doing - ma ka hana ka ʻike!

Register at bit.ly/mhchula20

#MHCHulaCamp #MānoaHeritageCenter #VirtualLearning #MHCatHome #VirtualHulaCamp

☀️ From our gardens! ʻIlima, Palapalai (indigenous fern), Iliau flowers, Hau, Naupaka Kahakai, Kokiʻo ʻUla (red hibiscus...
09/24/2020

☀️ From our gardens!

ʻIlima, Palapalai (indigenous fern), Iliau flowers, Hau, Naupaka Kahakai, Kokiʻo ʻUla (red hibiscus), and ʻUlu (breadfruit) 🌺🌿💕

#MānoaHeritageCenter #NativeHawaiianGarden #NativeHawaiianPlants #Ilima #Palapalai #IndigenousFerns #Iliau #Hau #NaupakaKahakai #KokioUla #Ulu #Breadfruit

Mid-Pacific Institute
09/09/2020

Mid-Pacific Institute

How do students enjoy a field trip when they are at home attending online classes? Through a combination of social distancing and a hand-held iPhone gimbal #midpacific teacher Billie Napoleon brought her historic preservation class to the Manoa Heritage Center! #owlstrong

🌈 Join us for our next Virtual Kahaukani Conversations! 🌈Special guest speaker J. Uluwehi Hopkins, a Ph.D. Candidate in ...
09/04/2020

🌈 Join us for our next Virtual Kahaukani Conversations! 🌈

Special guest speaker J. Uluwehi Hopkins, a Ph.D. Candidate in History at UH Mānoa, will be discussing the moʻolelo of Kahalaopuna, the Beauty of Mānoa, and examining the social and economic landscapes in the early 1800s, when the moʻolelo was first published.

When: Thursday, September 17
Time: 5:00 PM HST
Platform: Zoom
Cost: FREE

Go to bit.ly/mhculuwehi for more info or register directly at bit.ly/kahalaopuna.

#KahaukaniConversations #MānoaHeritageCenter #Kahalaopuna #VirtualKahaukaniConversations

Support Mānoa Heritage Center when you shop at any Foodland - Hawaii store, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms statewide dur...
09/01/2020

Support Mānoa Heritage Center when you shop at any Foodland - Hawaii store, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms statewide during the month of September!

Use our organization code 78217 when checking out in-person or online at shop.foodland.com. Save the photo below to show to your cashier when shopping in-store for convenience.

Mahalo! 💚

#FoodlandGiveAloha #MānoaHeritageCenter

“Ahu kupanaha ia, Hawaiʻi ʻimi loa! E noiʻi wale mai nō ka haole-a, ʻaʻole e pau nā hana a Hawaiʻi ʻimi loa.”A heap of a...
09/01/2020

“Ahu kupanaha ia, Hawaiʻi ʻimi loa! E noiʻi wale mai nō ka haole-a, ʻaʻole e pau nā hana a Hawaiʻi ʻimi loa.”

A heap of amazing things can be learned about Hawaiʻi! And however diligently the foreigner inquires, he cannot completely fathom all of the doings of far seeking Hawaiians.

-- Kepelino, Ka Moʻoʻōlelo Hawaiʻi

This is a quote that has inspired Dr. Sam ʻOhu Gon, our most recent Kahaukani Conversations guest speaker. View the recording of his virtual lecture about Hawaiian Science and knowledge in our lastest Kaʻaipū Kākou blog post to learn the context behind the included image and so much more. A big mahalo to Dr. Gon for sharing his ʻike with us!
💚 View the blog post at: http://bit.ly/mhcblog18

#KaaipūKākouBlog #MānoaHeritageCenter #HawaiianScience #SamOhuGon #KahaukaniConversations

We hope everyone has been doing well! 💕 We are excited to start up our blog again after taking a short break 😊 This week...
08/19/2020

We hope everyone has been doing well! 💕

We are excited to start up our blog again after taking a short break 😊

This week on Kaʻaipū Kākou learn about our NOAA B-WET program that connected teachers and educators with community organizations to create tailored experiences where students do not just visit a place once, but instead, become a part of and contribute to its growth.

See the post by visiting bit.ly/mhcblog17 or visit our website.

#NOAABWET #HealthyWatersheds #LearnOutdoors #WatershedEducation #MānoaHeritageCenter #KaaipūKākouBlog #EnvironmentalEducation #Learning #STEM #Environment #WaikīkīAhupuaa

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NOAA Education

Ko koā uka, ko koā kai. 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 “𝘦𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵” 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.- ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau 1821 This Satur...
08/13/2020

Ko koā uka, ko koā kai.
𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 “𝘦𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵” 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
- ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau 1821

This Saturday, August 15 is the Hawaii Foodbank Food Drive Day that they will be holding virtually this year. Visit Hawaii Foodbank for the link to the Food Drive Day webpage that has more information about how to donate. ❤️

In the spirit of kōkua and paying it forward Mānoa Heritage Center is giving away free bundles of huli kalo (taro tops for planting) to those who donate, while supplies last. 🌱 Send us a message with a screenshot of the receipt/proof that you donated to get yours! Please also let us know what day and when you'd like to pick up your huli (M-F 9a-4p).

For info on planting and growing dryland huli kalo, check out this video from Hookuaaina at Kapalai https://youtu.be/wfOKKgI9WAs

**This offer is not affiliated with the Foodbank. We just wanted to support and promote this important cause and share our recent (8/10/20) harvest of huli kalo.

#GiveByExample #HawaiiFoodbank #Kōkua #PayItForward #MānoaHeritageCenter #HawaiiFoodbankFoodDrive #HuliKalo

Join us for the next installment of our Virtual Kahaukani Conversations!When: Thursday, August 27Time: 5:00 pmWhere: Zoo...
08/08/2020

Join us for the next installment of our Virtual Kahaukani Conversations!

When: Thursday, August 27
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

Our guest speaker is Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon III who will be discussing the similarities and differences between Hawaiian and Western knowledge systems, and the future of collaborative knowledge and sharing to benefit us all.

Go to bit.ly/hisci827 for more info and to register or go directly to registration at bit.ly/kahaukani. A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register prior to the event.

#KahaukaniConversations #MānoaHeritageCenter #MHCatHome #HawaiianScience #HawaiianCulture

Due to the recent increase in COVID cases Mānoa Heritage Center will be closing to the public for the foreseeable future...
08/07/2020

Due to the recent increase in COVID cases Mānoa Heritage Center will be closing to the public for the foreseeable future as a precautionary measure.

We hope to be able to welcome you back soon but until then please stay safe and mahalo for your understanding.
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In the meantime, take a virtual tour via [email protected] available on our website www.manoaheritagecenter.org

#MānoaHeritageCenter #StaySafe #MHCatHome

These beautiful white flowers come from the alahe‘e tree (Psydrax odorata). Indigenous to The Hawaiian Islands, alahe‘e ...
08/03/2020

These beautiful white flowers come from the alahe‘e tree (Psydrax odorata). Indigenous to The Hawaiian Islands, alahe‘e was prized for its durable hardwood that was uses for various tools and fishing implements such as spears (used for catching octopus or he‘e), fish hooks, shark hooks, dip nets, short spears, and adze blades used for cutting softer woods. A dark brown/black dye was created from the leaves and its fruits and fragrant flowers (said to have a citrus scent) were possibly used for lei.

Fun facts 🌳: Alahe‘e resembles mock orange (hence its Hawaiian name of alahe‘e haole, literal meaning: foreign/alien alahe‘e) and makes a good native substitute for mock orange in landscaping. It is also a member of the Coffee family.
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☀️☀️Only one more day to enter our 1K native plant giveaway! See the giveaway post (2 posts previous) for rules and to enter!!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #Alahee #NativeHawaiianPlants #NativeHawaiianTrees

Happy Wednesday from our flowering Kou! This beautiful tree, once thought to be a canoe plant, was recently discovered t...
07/30/2020

Happy Wednesday from our flowering Kou!

This beautiful tree, once thought to be a canoe plant, was recently discovered to be indigenous to Hawai‘i when evidence of it was found at Māhā‘ulepu, Kaua‘i that predated human arrival!
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It’s orange flowers can be strung into lei and it’s tasteless seeds were eaten in times of famine. Leaves were used to create dyes of light tan (used to stain fishing line and brown-red (from aged leaves, used for kapa).
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🌱Reminder🌱 Don’t forget to enter our native plant giveaway! See previous post for instructions!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #NativeHawaiianPlants #KouTree #KouTreeFlowers @ Mānoa Heritage Center

Do you enjoy watercolor painting and spending time outdoors? Then MHC has a tour for you! 🙂 We are excited to announce t...
07/21/2020

Do you enjoy watercolor painting and spending time outdoors? Then MHC has a tour for you! 🙂 We are excited to announce that we will be having 2 Art in the Garden tours in August. Come and let your creativity flow as you paint in our native gardens with MHC docent and friend Margo Vitarelli.
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For safety reasons, we ask that you bring your own supplies of watercolor paper, watercolor paints (a kid’s set is fine), brushes, and water. The tours are free for kama‘āina and limited to 6 people per tour so sign up quickly.
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Go to https://bit.ly/mhctours to register.

#MānoaHeritageCenter #ArtInTheGarden #WatercolorPaintingTour #MHCTours

At Mānoa Heritage Center we are approaching this unprecedented time as an opportunity to reflect, reshape, and rebuild -...
07/18/2020

At Mānoa Heritage Center we are approaching this unprecedented time as an opportunity to reflect, reshape, and rebuild - safely. Today in our Ka‘aipū Kākou blog we say “Mahalo Nui Loa” to all those who support our programs. We could not do what we do without you. 💚

Visit https://bit.ly/mhcblog16 to see the post 😊

#MānoaHeritageCenter #KaaipūKākouBlog #[email protected] #MahaloNuiLoa #Grateful

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Today we had our first 4th grade virtual field trip to the Manoa Heritage...It was wonderful to be out and about again even if it was virtual.. I could almost smell the fresh Manoa air through the screen and I learned so much about the history of this historical site. Thank you Mary and Sam Cooke for creating this amazing education center for our children and thank you Keala and Jenny for being the best hosts... :)The kids, parents and I loved it!!!
See below, about the Cooke Family:
#GIVINGTUESDAY Manoa Heritage Center !!!