Heritage Center

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The NHERC Heritage Center is located at NHERC and is open to the public!

Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Saturdays - 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

The Heritage Center offers the following resources & services:

  • Archive and Resource Center for Hāmākua and North Hawai'i History
  • Changing Exhibit Gallery on Area History
  • Research family ancestry
  • Talk story with Donnie DeSilva 9-11 on Tuesday mornings
  • Paid University Internships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Coming Soon: Permanent Exhibit Gallery Showcasing Area History

We are excited to announce our new exhibit in the NHERC Heritage Center's Changing Gallery: Na Paniolo o Hāmākua. The exhibit highlights and celebrates the cowboys and ranches of Hāmākua .

Na Paniolo o Hamakua

Na Paniolo o Hamakua

Click on the poster belowto view the opening slideshow

NHERC Heritage Center is the home of:

Click on the photo to view a gallery of each collection

* The digitized Paul Christensen photo collection

Christiansen collection photo of cane workers with Waipi'o in background

*The Hal Yamato photo collection

    Hal Yamoto Collection Last Harvest Parade photo

    *The Okada Collection

    Dr. Okada Collection photo of Dr. Okada & baby

    *Plantation Era Artifacts, Historical Documents and Maps

    Bottle collection

     

    Paauilo Store drawers as gallery cases

     

    * Reference Library of Local and Hawai'i History

     

    * Growing Collection of Local Family Photos and Genealogy

    Doris Alegre Teller finds a baby photo of herself in the Alegre Family collection

    Doris Alegre Teller finds a baby photo of herself in the Alegre Family collection

     

    *Changing Exhibit Gallery on Area History

    Previous Exhibits

    Click on the links below to view a slideshow of each exhibit

    ILWU pensioners visit the Plantation Exhibit

    ILWU Pensioners Club viewing the "Plantation Life on Hawai'i Island" Exhibit

     

    Woman finds a picture of herself in Waipi'o from the 1970's in "Peace Corps and Our Community" Exhibit

    Woman finds a picture of herself in Waipi'o from the 1970's in "Peace Corps and Our Community" Exhibit