Canada’s Gulf Islands are comprised of dozens of islands scattered between Vancouver and Southern Vancouver Island. The islands were protected and preserved and were said to be the forgotten Hawaiian islands in Canada. The legacy of the early Hawaiian settlers, known as Kanakas, was virtually erased from history after gradual intermarriage with local First Nations or other immigrant groups. During the years when the land was researched and studied, Hawaiian Canadians began reclaiming their heritage. The restoration of Maria Mahoi of the Islands’ story also ended up helping to shape part of a national park.