Hear the Story of Moku‘ulaMaui
For nearly 300 years, MOKU‘ULA was the SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL CENTER of the Hawaiian Kingdom. In 1845, the state capital was moved from its seat in Lahaina to Honolulu; by 1914, the site literally was buried under a county park.
After years of neglect, Moku‘ula is slowly being restored, thanks in part to the dedication of a nonprofit organization called FRIENDS OF MOKU‘ULA and a Lahaina cultural tourism company called MAUI NEI.
Maui Nei tour guides are adept at telling the story of this ANCIENT SITE during their WALKING TOURS through LAHAINA. Guides are trained by Akoni Akana, the cultural expert and kumu hula (hula teacher) who heads the restoration efforts, and they provide information spanning 1,700 years of Hawaiian history told in mo‘olelo (stories) and oli (chants). Profits from the tours help to fund Moku‘ula’s restoration. For information, call (808) 661-9494.