E Kipa Mai – Welcome!
Established in 2001 by the Friends of Moku‘ula, a 501c(3) nonprofit cultural organization, Maui Nei grew out of community interest to conserve and restore the historic site of Moku‘ula’s natural and cultural resources while providing an engine for economic development and revenue. Through the years, Maui Nei has kept history and culture alive for Maui’s residents and visitors, sharing Hawai‘i’s traditions, stories, arts, skills and a sense of place.
Since then, over 17,000 visitors have experienced a guided Maui Nei walking tour of Lahaina’s historic sites, including Moku‘ula and Mokuhinia. More than 13,000 residents, teachers and students have received educational tours and presentations by Maui Nei at the Moku‘ula restoration site.
Maui Nei supports the principles of sustainable tourism as established by the Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association, which addresses operating principles in the following content areas: Environmental Management; Cultural Interpretation Management; Staff Management; Consumer Evaluation Management and Marketing Management. To learn more, click the Hawai‘i Ecotourism Certified logo.
Meet Our Kumu (Teachers/Guides)
Maui Nei tours are guided and presented by Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, who weave their own family stories handed down through generations with historical facts and traditional skills for a uniquely personal look at the real Hawai‘i.