About Us

Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana (Hui) is a community 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed by lineal descendants of Hāʻena. The Hui is dedicated to perpetuating and teaching the skills, knowledge, and practices of our kūpuna (ancestors) through the interpretation, restoration, care and protection of the natural and cultural resources that are located within the Hāʻena State Park. Through an agreement with Hawaii State Parks, the Hui manages Hāʻena State Park access in keeping with the park’s Master Plan.  Hui volunteers are restoring about 15 acres in the Park which include:

  • Loʻi (taro paddy) Restoration
  • Poi Mill Restoration
  • Maintenance of family historical grave sites
  • Maintenance of 2 historical house sites

Proceeds from access fees now support farm management and youth programming.  In the near future, the Hui will work with state park staff and access management partner The Hanalei Initiative (THI) to develop park signage to better inform visitors about the park’s significant cultural resources and history.  To find out more, visit huimakaainanaomakana.org.

The Hui has partnered with THI to manage and operate the Hāʻena State Park access system. THI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2018 to address challenges confronting Kauai’s north shore community. THI’s mission is to identify needs and build partnerships to implement community led solutions focused on: Parks/Environment, Transportation, and Economic Development. Learn more at: hanaleiinitiative.org.

Interested in nearby community projects?  Visit our north shore area partner websites below:

Hui Maka‘āinana O Makana

Cultural stewardship with lo’i kalo (taro) volunteer activities at Hā‘ena State Park, and developer of Hawaii’s first Community-Based Subsistance Fishing Area (CBSFA).


Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Garden

Reservations required.  Verify garden hours at their website.  Built on the footprint of Hawaiian ancestors, Limahuli is one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands.


Waipā Foundation

Cultural stewardship and education in support of local food systems. Visit their grab-and-go fridge for delicious food just a short drive west of the Park & Ride lot.


The Hanalei Initiative

Community-led, Government-supported solutions for the north shore.