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||John Duey; Field Manager
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Olowalu Cultural Reserve was founded in 1999 as a community based,
non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting and promoting the
revitalization of traditional Hawaiian culture by providing cultural and
educational experiences for Hawaii residents and visitors alike.
The centerpiece of this effort is the Olowalu Ahupua’a which consists of
seventy-four acres of land running from the base of the West Maui mountains to
the ocean at Olowalu, Maui. This
land once held a thriving, sustainable native Hawaiian Village and as such is
rich in historical resources including numerous significant archaeological and
cultural sites. It has been set
aside and designated as a Cultural Reserve for the purpose of a culturally
sensitive “sanctuary” providing a glimpse into Hawaii’s past making it an ideal
environment for programs aimed at restoring and revitalizing Hawaiian customs
We welcome you and invite you to join us in rebuilding the ‘Ahupua’a
at Lihau, Olowalu as we practice
the Hawaiian concept of Malama ‘aina and
accept the kuleana for
the restoration, preservation and management of this
valuable cultural and educational resource.
| Waiwai -Water: Treasure
Ka Waiwai O Kane I Luna I Lalo
The Treasures of Kane,
Above to Below:
It is Kane who adorns the heavens with stars; it is Kane who brings
Life Giving Waters (Ka Wai Ola).
To perpetuate the traditional and customary practices of
“kanaka maoli” of these Hawaiian islands and promote opportunities to regain the
spiritual connection of “Malama ‘aina” of our ancestors by insuring these
beliefs and customs are passed down to future generations.
Olowalu family and
friends gather in strength and remain steadfast.
"Lokahi a ku'upa'a" Queen Lili'uokalani