Culture and Heritage at Mauna Lani
Stories of the past meet the people of the present
Wander amongst cherished lands once reserved for the greatest of Hawaiian royalty within the scenic and storied pockets of Mauna Lani’s 32 acre oceanfront property. Embrace stillness and serenity at the fabled fishpond, Kalāhuipua‘a, or visit the Eva Parker Woods Cottage, where famed golfer and senator, Francis H. I’i Brown, entertained icons of the past with a warm sense of ho’okipa, or hospitality. Step inside Hale 'I'ike, the Hawaiian phrase for "House of Knowledge," to talk story with the Living Culture team. Then, ruminate on the knowledge you've gained at the end of Mauna Lani's Honu Lagoon, where endangered Green sea turtle are raised for release on the Fourth of July, which Mauna Lani aptly celebrates as Turtle Independence Day.
Daily complimentary cultural activities
Explore Mauna Lani as you absorb ancient Hawaiian history and timeless traditions
Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a
Rooted in generations of history, Twilight at Kalāhuipua'a celebrates the timeless stories of Hawai'i through storytelling, music and community. On the Saturday closest to the full moon, join us at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage from 5 to 8PM for local performances and talk story sessions hosted by our beloved Kahu Hānai, Danny Akaka.
2022-2023 Twilight at Kalāhuipua'a Dates
April 8, 2023
May 6, 2023
June 3, 2023
July 1, 2023
August 5, 2023
September 30, 2023
October 28, 2023
November 25, 2023
December 30, 2023
The return of the humpback whale. Offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mālama Honu, Mālama Honua
When we care for the turtles, we care for the world.
For more than thirty years, Mauna Lani has raised and nurtured hundreds of green sea turtles in partnership with O'ahu-based marine and wildlife center, Sea Life Park, on the contingency of education and conservation. Listen at the end of the Honu Pond as self-proclaimed "turtle man," Pi'i La'eha, conveys the environmental, historical and cultural importance of Green sea turtles in Hawai'i. As turtles have inhabited the planet for millions of years, Turtle Talk is infused with themes of sustainability and resilience.
Turtle Indepdendence Day
As our Green sea turtles grow, thousands of researchers, students and guests from around the world visit Mauna Lani to observe and learn through programs such as Turtle Talk. Within two to three years, our cherished honu reach a size deemed appropriate for release, which is commemorated by their annual release along our oceanfront. A celebratory day infused with cultural, educational and environmental nuances, Turtle Independence Day represents the rebirth of our honu as they head back home to the Pacific Ocean.
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