From the Present to the Past
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.
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 and practices.
We know that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives and the support of our dedicated volunteers.
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.
The foundation of our non-profit is the support and hard work of our community volunteers.
Whether you are students, family, friends, visitors, first time volunteers or dedicated OCR volunteers we welcome you!
How You Can Help
Whether you have a specific interest or simply want to connect to our 'aina please reach out! No matter the number of hours you are wanting to invest we can find a way for you to help.
Some general activites include; pulling weeds, weed eating, fixing/building rock walls, fixing irrigation, planting natives, pruning and more.
What to Bring
One of our main focuses while on the reserve is safety. Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants for work. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended for sun protection. Don't forget lots of WATER! Also if you have your own work/gardening gloves and/or tools feel free to bring them as well. We do have these items for use if you do not own your own.
Where to meet
We generally will meet at the bottom of the road near the highway at Olowalu Store. From there we can car pool or you may drive yourself up to the reserve. As your volunteer time nears we will give further instructions.