Visit Kānewai

Schools & Groups

Ka Papa Lo‘i o Kānewai hosts a variety of learners and group sizes.  All groups are encouraged to participate in the normal work here at the loʻi.  We usually start visiting groups in the hale waʻa by sharing stories of Kāne and Kanaloa, a lesson on ahupuaʻa, the history of Hoʻokahewai Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, and a timeline of Kānewai.  Next, a short hike to the poʻowai will be taken to explain the water system and how the water is diverted to the loʻi.  A quick lesson on the water cycle is also covered.  Then the work begins with picking leaves for fertilizer, hehihehi i ka loʻi, puʻepuʻe (remounding of mounds) and clearing the ʻauwai system (water system).  If kalo is available, visitors will learn the parts of kalo.

If you would like to visit Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai, please contact us or fill out a Visit Request form online.  To prepare for your visit, we suggest the following items/attire:

  • Slippers
  • T-shirt and shorts
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water and water bottles (water fountains are available)
  • Snacks
  • Extra change of clothes for younger students

If you are coming as part of a scheduled group, please download and complete the appropriate Assumption of Risk and Release waivers.  The waivers can be turned in to a staff member at the beginning of your visit.

Mahalo nui and see you soon.

Working Tours

These experiential learning tours are opportunities for groups to participate in the daily maintenance of the site and gain fundamental knowledge of the history of the site, the irrigation system, traditional farming methods, and traditional stories and current events. Each group, as they go through their work, sees these fundamentals exposed to the appropriate Hawaiian terminology.  Short traditional stories are highlighted where appropriate to help visitors understand the spiritual and historic connection to the land. Work is done together, laulima, and this cultural concept is reinforced throughout the visit. The tours are adjusted to age, size, and ability.  For instance, some groups require the visit to be conducted completely in Hawaiian language; others come to test water quality and flow.


Visitor Surveys

In an effort to improve our services and better serve our community, we at Kānewai compile information from visitors about their experiences and welcome any comments/suggestions you might have. We ask that all groups complete a quick survey on their experience at Kānewai.

Please click on the appropriate link:
Survey for Educators
All Other Visitors

Ku i ka māna.

Like the one from whom he received what he learned.

Māna is food masticated by an elder and conveyed to the mouth of a small child. The pupil receives knowledge from the mouth of his teacher.