A Story of History and Healing
An island steeped in cultural reverence and historical significance, Kaho‘olawe has long been a sacred and storied place for Native Hawaiians. A center for celestial navigation training, cultural and religious practices, and agriculture, Kaho‘olawe’s history is marked by a controversial era of intense U.S. military target practice and operation training that brought forth a movement to end military activity and restore Kaho‘olawe.
To commemorate the past, present, and future of Kaho‘olawe, Maui Ocean Center unveiled Kaho‘olawe: A Story of History and Healing.
Created in collaboration with the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), Maui Ocean Center has supplemented KIRC’s previously exhibited content from the Smithsonian and Bishop Museum with additional insight into Kaho‘olawe’s role in navigation, the marine life that inhabit its waters, and the role and progress generated by KIRC and volunteers. Designed to show the power of change, both good and bad, the exhibit follows the timeline of Kaho‘olawe’s development from the first settlement to current restoration projects.
Creating further awareness of the culture, geography, history, and restoration of the island, the exhibit evokes the power and capacity to effect change and hope for the future of Kaho‘olawe.