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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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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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

Calling all art lovers! ✏️  MHC is excited to announce our first art tour, sketching in the garden with local artist Dev...
07/12/2020

Calling all art lovers! ✏️ MHC is excited to announce our first art tour, sketching in the garden with local artist Devin Oishi. All levels of experience are welcome to join. Come and sketch a plant or 2 or 3 from our gardens while also learning about native plants and our ‘āina! 🌺🌴 Recommended for ages 14 and up 🎨 Free for Kama‘āina!
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We will have some supplies available but please bring your own paper/notebook/sketchbook and pencils if you can.
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Visit the event calendar on our homepage http://www.manoaheritagecenter.org to sign up! Space is limited so sign up soon!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #PlantSketching #ArtGardenTour

Did you know that there are 2 types of stories in Hawaiian culture? Kumu Tai Crouch teaches us about mo‘olelo and ka‘ao ...
07/11/2020

Did you know that there are 2 types of stories in Hawaiian culture? Kumu Tai Crouch teaches us about mo‘olelo and ka‘ao in today’s Ka‘aipū Kākou post. He also shares the legend of Kapo‘i and the Seven Eggs, a story about pueo (the Hawaiian Short-eared Owl) and a man from Honolulu.
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To learn more and hear the legend of Kapo‘i got to https://bit.ly/mchblog15

#HawaiianCulture #Mooleo #Kaao #HawaiianLegends #KaaipūKākouBlog #MHCatHome

Today we we had a visit from the students of Mo‘O School and were given a surprise gift! A beautiful handmade quilt with...
07/10/2020

Today we we had a visit from the students of Mo‘O School and were given a surprise gift! A beautiful handmade quilt with images of native plants! Do you recognize any of them?

💕 We are so grateful to work with such wonderful kids and educators 💕

#HawaiianQuilt #NativeHawaiianPlants #Kalo #Taro #Ulu #BreadFruit #TīLeaf #Noni #Ōlena #Turmeric #ŌhiaAi #MountainApple #SugarCane #Awapuhi #ShampooGinger

Aloha ahiahi! Mānoa Heritage Center is delighted to announce that we will be reopening to the public tomorrow, Wednesday...
07/01/2020

Aloha ahiahi! Mānoa Heritage Center is delighted to announce that we will be reopening to the public tomorrow, Wednesday July 1! We have set up new social distancing and safety measures to keep our community safe, will be open on Saturday mornings, and are offering free tours for kama‘āina (Hawai‘i residents) during July and August.
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We are currently working on other new programs as well so stay connected with us and keep an eye out for updates!
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Go to bit.ly/mhcisopen to find out more details and make your reservation. We look forward to seeing you soon!

#MānoaHeritageCenter #KaaipūKākouBlog

Happy Aloha Friday! In honor of June being #NatinonalPollinatorMonth and this week, June 22-28, being #NationalPollinato...
06/27/2020

Happy Aloha Friday! In honor of June being #NatinonalPollinatorMonth and this week, June 22-28, being #NationalPollinatorsWeek here are some of the pollinators in the MHC gardens 🐝🐝🐝
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#NationalPolinatorsWeek2020 #Bees #NativeHawaiianPlants #Munroidendron #ŌhiaMamo #YellowŌhia #Uala #SweetPotato #Ilima #Aalii #Aeae #NaupakaKahakai #summersolstice @ Mānoa Heritage Center

This week’s Ka‘aipū Kākou blog post highlights the Summer Solstice that took place last Saturday, June 20. On that day t...
06/25/2020

This week’s Ka‘aipū Kākou blog post highlights the Summer Solstice that took place last Saturday, June 20. On that day the sun reached Ke Alanui Polohiwa a Kāne (The Black Glistening Path of Kāne), it’s northernmost point in the sky, and the longest day of the year for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. We were blessed to have educator, cultural practitioner, and MHC docent Taiwi Crouch to help put the solstice into perspective during our first Virtual Kahaukani Conversations. See the video and blog post at bit.ly/mhcblog13
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Also, tell us what topics you’d like future Kahaukani Conversations to cover in the comments below!

#KaaipūKākouBlog #MHCatHome #SummerSolstice2020 #KahaukaniConversations #KeAlanuiPolohiwaAKāne

06/20/2020

🌞Time lapse of this mornings sunrise from the lens of Kukaoo. Mahalo e ka lani me ka ‘āina no ka mea kamaha‘o i ke ola. #pukala #kealanuipolohiwaakane2020 #summersolstice2020

06/20/2020
Happy Aloha Friday! Today we were blessed with gifts of beautiful white 'ōhi'a 'ai from our tree, kimchee on our desks f...
06/20/2020

Happy Aloha Friday! Today we were blessed with gifts of beautiful white 'ōhi'a 'ai from our tree, kimchee on our desks from Kelsey Hara, and an afternoon treat from Andy's Bueno Salsa who stopped by "because they were thinking of us" - how sweet is that!? Mahalo nunui for the embarrassment of riches! Happy Summer Solstice, everyone!

Join us this week on Ka‘aipū Kākou with MHC volunteer extraordinaire Andrea Wagner who shares about her love of history ...
06/18/2020

Join us this week on Ka‘aipū Kākou with MHC volunteer extraordinaire Andrea Wagner who shares about her love of history as a citizen historian and her experience creating an index for oral history transcripts about Mānoa and beyond as part of a project between MHC and @malamamanoa. Click the link in our bio for more!
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And don’t forget to join us on Facebook Live this Saturday, June 20 at 6AM to watch the Summer Solstice sunrise 🌅

#KaaipūKakoūBlog #[email protected] #OralHistory #HawaiiOralHistories

Aloha kakahiaka! We are looking forward to welcoming you back to MHC in early July. In the meantime, we are excited to i...
06/16/2020

Aloha kakahiaka! We are looking forward to welcoming you back to MHC in early July. In the meantime, we are excited to invite you to a Virtual Kahaukani Conversations event, in anticipation of the Summer Solstice -- Ke Alanui Polohiwa a Kāne: Summer Solstice Conversations.

As the Summer Solstice is upon us (Saturday, June 20) we have invited special guest(s) to share their interpretation of the significance of this solar phenomenon with the goal of better understanding ourselves in this place (Hawaiʻi) and time. This event will take place Wednesday, June 17.

Schedule of events:

Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00 AM HST: Please join us via Zoom to hear Kumu Taiwi Crouch share his manaʻo about this significant solar transition
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Saturday, June 20 at 6:00-7:00 AM HST: Please join us via Facebook Live as we observe this event from Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau, here in Mānoa Valley (weather permitting).

Register for these events at https://bit.ly/3fdtLs6. Zoom link will be provided to registrants by email.

Happy Monday! Start the week off with our beautiful blossoming ‘ōhi‘a mamo 💕 It’s been blooming like crazy and we’ve bee...
06/16/2020

Happy Monday! Start the week off with our beautiful blossoming ‘ōhi‘a mamo 💕 It’s been blooming like crazy and we’ve been loving the lovely pop of yellow they add around the MHC campus! #ŌhiaMamo #MHCatHome #NativeHawaiianPlants

Happy Hump day! 🌺🌴🌿Come and see a close-up of three special native plants in our newest Ka‘aipū Kākou blog post. Our fri...
06/10/2020

Happy Hump day! 🌺🌴🌿

Come and see a close-up of three special native plants in our newest Ka‘aipū Kākou blog post. Our friends Kathy Au and @taffy_raphael have graciously shared videos the created while visiting MHC to compile photos for their digital botanical portraits project. Both ladies work in the education field and enjoy native plants through botanical illustration and photography, respectively. In addition to the amazing videos that showcase the beauty of each plant, you will be able to learn some fun facts about koki‘o ke‘oke’o, hala pepe, and loulu.

Link: https://bit.ly/mhcblog11

#KaaipūKākouBlog #KaaipūKākou #MHCatHome #KokioKeokeo #Loulu #Halapepe #NativeHawaiianPlants

Aloha kakahiaka and happy Wednesday! We hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy and safe. The MHC campus will reope...
06/03/2020

Aloha kakahiaka and happy Wednesday! We hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy and safe. The MHC campus will reopen in early July but in the meantime, we have created a way for you to enjoy the moʻolelo (stories) of our beautiful valley from the comfort of your own home.

We are excited to share the newest feature of our digital programming, [email protected] virtual tours. Using Prezi, an interactive presentation application, we are able to share images, stories, and audio about this special place with you.

Learn more about how to start your Mānoa adventure here: https://bit.ly/mhcblog10

#KaaipūKākouBlog #MHCatHome #VirtualTours #MuseumFromHome

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06/02/2020

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Hawai‘i is a special place with a unique and diverse flora that ancient Hawaiians were highly resourceful in utilizing. ...
05/27/2020

Hawai‘i is a special place with a unique and diverse flora that ancient Hawaiians were highly resourceful in utilizing. Many plants had multiple uses from medicinal to recreational and even food plants were used for more than just eating. But it is the ingenuity of the Hawaiian people in creating dyes and the techniques to make them that is so incredible. Traditional dye-making techniques often required an abundance of time, in addition to skill and knowledge. The process usually includes harvesting and preparing the plants (removing bark, drying, seed removal, etc.) before extracting the dye, which could be a process in itself.
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They learned that one plant could produce multiple colors from different parts and that the growing location, soil, and age of a plant can affect the pigment. Seeds, roots, leaves, flowers, fruits, and bark from a variety of plants produced a rainbow of colors from pastel to vibrant that were used to dye kapa (barkcloth), and for ‘ohe kapala (bamboo stamps) used to create patterns on kapa. Interestingly, when it came to naming dyes, it was often done according to its source rather than the actual color since it was easier to use a form of the plant name than to create a whole new name.
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Learn how to create your own dyes from native and canoe plants (‘olena, hau, koki‘o ‘ula, & ma‘o) with step-by-step instructions from Zoe Welch, daughter of our executive director. Based on her school assignment to create an ecology project that promoted awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of Hawai‘i, Zoe has graciously shared her findings with us so that we can have as much fun as she did experimenting with plants and creating dyes. Click the link to see the full post! https://bit.ly/mhcblog9

#HawaiianDyeMaking #NativeHawaiianPlants #CanoePlants #KaaipūKākouBlog #MHCatHome #AAPIHM #AsianAmericanPacificIslanderHeritageMonth #AAPIHM2020

‘Uala (sweet potato) was one of the most important plants in early Hawaiian culture along with kalo. Brought to the Isla...
05/20/2020

‘Uala (sweet potato) was one of the most important plants in early Hawaiian culture along with kalo. Brought to the Islands by Polynesian settlers, there were once up to 200 varieties of sweet potato grown here but only a few remain today. This drought-resistant vining plant can also be a nice ground cover with its purplish flowers and dark green leaves that vary in shape depending on the type.
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In addition to being a key food source, ‘uala was also used for rituals, some varieties were used medicinally, and it had many everyday uses such as feeding pigs and catching ‘ōpelu (a type of mackerel). Old vines and leaves were even used as padding under floors and mats of lau hala.
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Photos 2-7 show MHC’s māla ‘uala (‘uala garden) that has been a project of students from Mo‘O School, a small Montessori school in Mānoa, and Kapolei High School’s Ho‘ola Leadership Academy. The MoʻO kids propagated ʻuala and learned from the high schoolers who also built the māla based on traditional Hawaiian practices.
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This week on the Ka‘aipū Kākou blog, longtime MHC docent and friend Carmela Tafoya shares her love of ‘uala and shows you how to propagate your own 🌱 Read her stories and find some great recipes at https://bit.ly/mhcblog8 and feel free to share your own!

#Uala #HawaiianSweetPotato #KaaipūKākouBlog #MHCatHome #AAPIHM #AsianAmericanPacificIslanderHeritageMonth #AAPIHM2020 @ Mānoa Heritage Center

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