Most of us understand the importance of preserving history. But what happens when history gets lost or even buried (intentionally or not)? In some cases, if we’re fortunate, the lost history is rediscovered years later. This is where preservation and dedication meet. The Friends of Moku‘ula have been stewards of Hawai‘i’s paramount cultural heritage site in Lahaina since 1995. Because the site was buried, it presents unique challenges for restoration and responsibility. As we come upon our 20th anniversary of sharing knowledge, educating the public and keeping the vision of Moku‘ula island and Mokuhinia pond alive, we’re reflecting on how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go …

The King's View from Moku'ula island in Lahaina

“The King’s View” from Moku‘ula island across Mokuhinia pond by Janet Spreiter

We need the creativity, energy and financial support of individuals like you and businesses in Hawai‘i nei. You can help perpetuate authentic experiences of Native Hawaiian culture and restore the cultural heritage site of Moku‘ula and Mokuhinia by volunteering your time in the office or on site, by giving a donation in any amount or by sponsoring a project. Use our online Volunteer form or visit our Donate page. Let’s keep the preservation going.

We’re in it for the long haul and that can mean another 20 years to restore the freshwater and surrounding wetlands environment; to excavate and rebuild the island; to create a model attraction for all of Hawai‘i that honors this sacred place and incorporates Native Hawaiian traditions, culture and language. That’s dedication.

What’s your passion?

Do you feel that cultural and historical sites should be preserved for future generations and the lessons they can teach us?

Do you value freshwater resources and the eco-systems that thrive around them?

Do you treasure Hawai‘i’s native flora and fauna, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth?

If you connect with any of these important resources, please consider giving to Friends of Moku‘ula this holiday season. Mahalo!