Kaua‘i is visually stunning and rich in history from ancient to modern times. Stone works and taro terraces tell its history and you’ll also find it in letters among missionary families, in milling stones saved from early sugar plantation days and in the first-hand accounts of Kauaians who recall defensive barbed-wire fences strung on beaches during World War II.

Saturday, March 28, 11:00-1:00, Kauai Museum Courtyard – *Note New Date*
March 28, Saturday, presentation by Kawika Makanani titled “He Mele Ko‘i Honua,” an introduction to the Kumulipo, at the Kauai Museum Courtyard, 11:00 to 1:00.
Queen Lili‘uokalani
Queen Lili‘uokalani in 1897 translated the Kumulipo chant

Jointly sponsored by the Kauai Historical Society and the Kauai Museum, Kumu Makanani, a scholar and teacher, will give the audience an appetizing look into the concepts of creation, evolution, the unity of everything, and other universal concepts that native Hawaiians studied and gathered into the Kumulipo chant. Within the chant are elements such as dualism, spirituality, numerology, politics, and history. Representations of Kauai and all the islands are also in the Kumulipo. A single talk barely scratches the surface, but Kawika hopes to entice his listeners into further study.

Mr. Makanani was raised on Kauai with his ohana and six generations before. He shares his knowledge whenever he can to carry out his kuleana or responsibility to share his history and culture. Free admission: donations to Kauai Historical Society and Kauai Museum gratefully accepted. Call Historical Society at 808-245-3373.

Bring a brown bag lunch; ice tea and coffee provided.


The Kauai Historical Society is seeking applications from qualified persons to serve as Administrative Director and librarian for the Society’s research library and archive on the history of Kaua’i and Ni’ihau.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please email cover letter and resume to khsposting@gmail.com

Duties include:

  • Apply for and administer grants
  • Serve as librarian for Society’s publicly accessible research library
    and archive
  • Administer operations of the organization, including budgeting and
  • Organize and implement Society projects and programs
  • Manage publications programs
  • Oversee office operations and supervise staff and volunteers

Desirable qualifications:

  • Grant-writing experience
  • Library or archives experience
  • Familiarity with history and culture of Hawaii and Kaua’i
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Good management skills
  • Work experience with a non-profit
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of
  • Fund-raising experience

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Cleopatra's Barge of Salem
Image from a painting by G.
Ropes entitled – Cleopatra’s
Barge of Salem – 1818. From
the Peabody Essex Museum.

Our Physical address is:
Historic County Building
4396 Rice Street
Suite 101
Lihue, HI 96766

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Research by appointment only.
($35 research fee for non-member, free for members)

You can find this and more at the Kaua‘i Historical Society. Please join us on our journey to collect and preserve the unique history of Kaua‘i. At the Kaua‘i Historical Society, we’re bringing history to life!

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P.O. Box 1778, Lihu‘e, HI 96766
Telephone: (808) 245-3373
Fax: (808) 245-8693
Email: info@kauaihistoricalsociety.org

Note: The Hawaiian language uses two special diacritical marks. The kahako (‘macron’ consisting of a horizontal line over the vowel) lengthens the pronunciation of the vowel on which it is placed. The ‘okina (glottal stop, or hamza) signifies a clean break between two vowels. As precise Hawaiian spellings have no counterpart in HTML, we have taken liberties with the Hawaiian diacritical marks to enable the maximum number of users to enjoy the site. The single open quote (‘) will be used for the ‘okina, and the macron will not be used. For those who want more information on the Hawaiian alphabet, language and pronunciation, visit this site or call the Kaua‘i Historical Society for more information.