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

NHERC's Heritage Center, with support from the County of Hawai'i's Department of Research and Development, is proud to sponsor the 2015 Hāmākua Sugar Plantation Days Festival. Please come and join us!

Hamakua Sugar Plantation Days 2015

 

 

Click on the poster below to 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    *Plantation Era Artifacts, Historical Documents and Maps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