our_mission Our Mission

A Maui-based grassroots land trust organization whose mission is to stabilize, protect, and restore Hawaiian cultural resources.

Maui Cultural Lands, Inc, (MCL) is a Maui-based grassroots land trust organization whose mission is to stabilize, protect, and restore Hawaiian cultural resources.

MCL was established as a non-profit organization in February of 2002 and is one of only a few land trust organizations on Maui targeting Hawaiian cultural lands along the coast and inland areas. We are currently a small organization operating on the basis of volunteerism.

Values

Maui Cultural Lands is founded on the principles of traditional Hawaiian values. It is through living these values that we are able to follow the path left behind by our kupuna.

I ka wa mamua, ka wa mahope: Our future is in the past.

Aloha: The foundation from which all of our values are built upon. Aloha is deep love and compassion.

Malama: is to take care of properly. It is not enough to take care of something, we have to take care of it properly.

Kuleana: is to be responsible. It is our responsibility to maintain the light that our Kupuna have lit, ensuring our Keiki and future generations can keep the flame burning bright.

He ali’ i ka aina, he kaua ke kanaka: The land is chief, we are its servants.

Reforestation

Hawaiian culture is intimately connected to the native flora of our islands. Plants have been used for building, transportation, food, clothing, weapons, medicine and religion. Many of these plants are nearing extinction due to the massive influx of invasive plant and animal species to the Hawaiian Islands. Our primary goal is to reforest Honokowai Valley and the Kaanapali area with native and endemic Hawaiian plant species.

Archaeological Stabilization

Important cultural information is contained within the ruins of Honokowai Valley. MCL needs your help to stabilize this archaeological site for future generations.

Education

Honokowai Valley provides an ideal setting for educational opportunities for the Hawaiian community, general public and visitor.

Projects

  • Honokowai Valley
  • Malama Ukumehame
  • Malama Launiupoko
  • Malama Kaheawa-Hanaula