Our Vision: The kino (physical manifestation) of Kanaloa is restored. Forests and shrublands of native plants and other biota clothe its slopes and valleys. Pristine ocean waters and healthy reef ecosystems are the foundation that supports and surrounds the island. Nā poʻe o Hawaiʻi (the people of Hawaiʻi) care for the land in a manner, which recognizes the island and ocean of Kanaloa as a living spiritual entity. Kanaloa is a puʻuhonua and wahi pana (a place of refuge, a sacred place) where native Hawaiian cultural practices flourish. The piko of Kanaloa (the navel, the center) is the crossroads of past and future generations from which the native Hawaiian lifestyle is spread throughout the islands.

811 Kolu St., Suite 201
Wailuku, HI 96793 [map]
Tel.(808) 243-5020
Fax (808) 243-5885
Email: administrator@kirc.hawaii.gov

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    Through charitable grant support, the KIRC recently opened the gates to its 8-acre Kihei Boat House property for community volunteer days and educational outreach programs. Serving the public as the gateway to Kahoʻolawe, the area was designated to us as the future site of our primary operations, information and cultural learning center; a vision that will call on the support of many. Today, it hosts the Kahoʻolawe Educational Walking Trail — designed to connect Maui residents and visitors to the healing process of Kahoʻolawe. Sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us at the social media channels above to be alerted about upcoming activities.