Honokowai Valley

Our primary goal is to reforest Honokowai Valley and the Kaanapali area with native and endemic Hawaiian plant species.

About Honokowai Valley

Honokowai is where it all began. Extensive archeological surveys of Honokowai Valley conducted in 1999 revealed that beneath the tangle of foliage lay numerous archaeological sites, including homes, farms, trails and heiaus (places of worship). These findings showed that within the valley there was once a thriving, self-sufficient village of about 600 families, likely dating back more than a century ago.

By the 1920s, sugar dominated the islands’ economy, and streamwater was diverted for its cultivation. Without a source of fresh water, the sustainability of the village vanished, and families had to abandon the valley and find new ways to live.

In 2002, when Ed Lindsey founded Maui Cultural Lands to facilitate the restoration of cultural sites, Honokowai was number one on the list.

As the most historically significant in the region, with the most prolific archaeological remains, the site deserved immediate attention.


Working diligently since 2002, volunteers have cleared more than 10 acres of the valley, uncovering miles of rock walls, along with home sites and heiau. Volunteer efforts have planted thousands of native plants and trees, restored lo‘i for dryland taro, planted vegetable gardens, and even built a simple hale.


Much is still left to do, as the archeological remains extend far up into the valley. In addition, weeds quickly take over the cleared areas, necessitating constant maintenance.

Participation Days

Join us every Saturday at 9am for our regular maintenance work projects dedicated to preserving the Honokowai Valley project.

Meet us at the 1 Puukolii Road, Lahaina, HI Station parking lot. Groups and families are welcome.

In addition to the constant assistance required in the Honokowai Valley we also schedule work on our other land trusts.

For dates on these opportunities please refer top our work date calendar.

What to wear and bring?

Please wear close-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirt and pants. Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, water and lunch.

Gloves and tools are provided.

NOTE: Conditions are rough, the sun can be very hot, and you will likely get dirty!

Please keep these things in mind as you prepare for an inspiring day off the beaten path on Maui.

Volunteer with Maui Cultural Lands