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About Ulana

"Throw the opala from the garden of your heart and let only the golden blossoms of aloha flow there. Live aloha."

Queen Liliʻuokalani

Ulana is a museum that aspires to care for and present objects through exhibitions and events enabling the people of Hawai’i Island, and its visitors, to access knowledge and interact meaningfully with the sciences and arts.


Situated in the heart of the Pacific, Ulana also endeavors to make a humble contribution to the collective efforts of individuals, institutions, and communities to maintain and transfer traditional knowledge while celebrating the contemporary culture of the people of Oceania.

Our inaugural in-person exhibit was slated for September at the beautiful location of Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, all exhibits and galleries planned for Ulana will be made available online. 

A series of exhibits under the theme of Pūlama (to cherish, treasure) will be released in phases. The first series titled Minamina will highlight four cherished plants, namely the ʻŌhiʻa Lehua, Hala, Kauila, and Ipu. These lāʻau are threatened by invasive species, which impact cultural practices, landscapes, and our ecosystems.

A parallel exhibit, Pana Hawaiʻi, highlights place names around Hawaiʻi island through the lens of a moʻolelo (story) titled Kamiki. Our journey will begin in Hilo

Our goal is to have all content available in both English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. This is a work in progress. Thank you for your patience while this work continues.


Meet The Team

Board of Directors

All members of the board volunteer their time and resources to bringing this vision into reality. In their individual lives they are involved in efforts to strengthen community life, promote education in the arts and sciences, and endeavor to perpetuate aspects of the culture of Hawai’i. 

  • Melina Rajaei, President

  • Uluwehi

  • Meleanna Meyer

  • Nicole Ishihara

  • Nancy Puga Rajaei, Secretary

  • Lovia Publico

  • Munirih Taafaki

  • Maile Corpman, Treasurer


We are grateful for the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and institutions which helped make this online exhibit possible. 

Kumu Kamalani Johnson, Hawaiian Language Specialist

Tom Coffman, Author, Film Maker

Anya Mitchell, Design Consultant

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.  

Special thanks to:

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