Did you know this is what baby pineapples look like?

Join us for the Captain’s Luau!

Join us for a night out at our upcoming fundraiser, The Captain’s Luau. This event commemorates a tradition, dating all the way back to the days of Captain Dana and Maria Josefa, held every year on the Rancho.

Join us on September 17th at 5:30 PM at the Rancho where we will be enjoying:

Traditional Hawaiian food from a local Hawaiian restaurant

Come support local business and feast on Hawaiian food from local restaurant, Zoe’s Hawaiian BBQ & Catering. The feast will feature traditional Hawaiian dishes like kalua pork, mac salad, and more.

Listen to live entertainment from a local ukulele band!

You read that right— not just one ukulele but a whole band of them! This really is something to see!

A reverse raffle

Your ticket comes with a chance to win some money during DANA’s reverse raffle.

Come support DANA Adobe and Cultural Center at this Fun Filled event!

Tickets are priced at:

$100 – dinner for 2 & one reverse raffle ticket


$1000 – VIP table, 8 dinners, 8 reverse raffle tickets, plus a bottle of wine


Come celebrate Captain Dana’s Hawaiian adventures with us!


Long before Hawaii was called “Hawaii,” is was known as the Sandwich Islands.  It was also where Captain William Goodwin Dana used to go to trade. 

Captain Dana traded with King Kamehameha III

Captain Dana worked with King Kamehameha III, bringing furs and other valuables back from the Mainland to Hawaii.  Captain Dana worked with King Kamehameha III for many years and developed a close relationship with the monarch. It is likely that Captain Dana’s first introduction to the beauty of the California Coastline was gotten on his journeys to and from Hawaii. 

Diseno picture of the Rancho property from the 1800’s

Even after Captain Dana ceased to make his trade expeditions, King Kamehameha III would send barrels of pineapples to the Rancho every year.  The entire rancho would turn out for a big party in celebration of this amazing gift!

How would you celebrate a barrel of pineapples?


The mission of the DANA Adobe & Cultural Center is to engage visitors with the stories of Californias Rancho Era History, connecting them with the peoples, the land and its resources to foster environmental stewardship and cultural understanding.  Your  participation in and contribution to events such as this one helps us with community outreach, educational programs, and keeping our historic venue in tip-top shape so that generations to come can visit and learn!

We hope you will join us for this special evening as we commemorate this festive tradition at Dana Adobe and Cultural Center!  


We can’t wait to celebrate with you!