Lanai community members gathered early on the morning of Feb. 13 to participate in a day of dedicated stewardship by tending to the yards of Lanai’s kupuna. A parade of community volunteers and Four Seasons Resort Lanai visitors could be seen walking down Lana’i avenue enthusiastic and ready to work. While only two houses were tackled that day, the yards were significantly improved, leaving the kupuna and the volunteers satisfied with time well-spent.
The event was part of an ongoing monthly service initiative known as La Hana, which is spearheaded by Lanai Culture and Heritage Center (Lanai CHC) and Pulama Lanai. La Hana is meant to create opportunities for the Lana’i community to actively participate in the stewardship of Lana’i’s significant resources such as land, and on February 13, kupuna. La Hana Community Stewardship Days take place once a month at various culturally and historically significant sites around the island. The projects are sustained by the shared belief that Lanai’s resources are for everyone, and as such, demand responsible use and management.
February’s La Hana workday celebrated Lanai’s Kupuna and the role they play in the community. By tending to the yards of aging aunties and uncles, community members demonstrated their reverence and appreciation for Lanai’s eldest generation.