Aloha! Building community and sharing have always resided in the Hawaiian/Polynesian culture. Ke Kukui Foundation continues this tradition through community events, education, music and the art of hula in Pacific Northwest communities throughout Washington and Oregon for future generations.
Ke Kukui Arts & Cultural Center Programs & Activities
301 E McLoughlin Blvd Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98663
Learn to Speak Hawaiian
Saturdays: Jan 9 to Mar 19, and April 16 to June 25, 2pm-4pm
If you’ve wondered what the words of the Hawaiian songs you sing or dance to really mean, if you’ve always wanted to know what the street signs or names of towns in Hawai'i signify, if you’re interested in the meaning of someone’s Hawaiian name, or if you just want the ability to converse in the beautiful language of the Islands, then join us in our Hawaiian language classes.
Ke Kukui Foundation will host weekly classes for first-time students on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. starting on Jan 9 to Mar 19, 2016 and April 16 to June 25, 2016, at Ke Kukui’s hālau (hula studio) at 301 E. McLoughlin Boulevard in Vancouver.
Utilizing a book treasured for its ease in comprehension, Ka Lei Haʻaheo, Kumu (teacher) Kai explains the intricacies of this beloved language. Kumu Nani will continue to guide the students with prior class experience.
For additional information or questions, please contact Waialoha at [email protected], or 503-349-0229.
Kuiki Lau - Hawaiian Quilting
Saturdays: March 12th and 26th, April 9th and 23rd,
May 7th and 21st, and June 4th and June 18th from 10am-12pm
Cost: $20 per class, $30 materials kit. Drop ins welcome. To register, email [email protected]
E leʻaleʻa me ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! Fun with Hawaiian Language for Kids!
A class for keiki ages 3 and up. They will learn to speak Hawaiian through songs and games. Cost is $10. Please RSVP by emailing: [email protected].
July 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2016
Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington
This annual event is our largest community program. With na kumu (teachers) flown in from the islands, they share their knowledge of hula, history and cultural craft with (haumana) students who come from as far away as Maryland and Canada at the Hula & Craft Workshop. Friday night heats up with the Hapa Haole Hula Competition featuring both local and national competitors. Saturday is the 5K Aloha Fun Run/Walk and all day festival where thousands gather to watch the haumana showcase what they learned, see the winners of the competition perform, and partake in the arts & craft, business and food vendors. HAWAIIANFESTIVALPNW
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Son of Deva Leinani Yamashiro, Sgt. David Keawenuiaumi Tsutomu Holt, Squad Leader, Det. 4th Force Recon, has achieved his ambition to be the first person in his family to join the armed forces.
Mark Hogan is a keiki parent and spouse of hula sister Amanda and will be deployed this summer.
Hula brother Pete Kepulekaneokealoha Fritsch returned safely from a year of service in Afghanistan. Mahalo nui loa for your service!
Danial James Kalani Carlton is the nephew of hula Aunty Lollie DeBest and was injured in Afghanistan. We send our Aloha and mahalo to him and wish him a healthy recovery.
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Ka Leo o ke Kukui
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of Ke Kukui Foundation Programs
Hula for Babies
Who: Boys and Girls ages 3 to 6
Hula for Beginning Keiki
Who: Boys and Girls ages 7 to 12
Hula for Advanced Keiki
Who: Boys and Girls ages 7 to 12 who have previous hula experience
Hula Beginning Adults
Who: Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) ages 18 and up with limited or no hula experience
Hula Intermediate Adults
Who: Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) ages 18 and up with some hula experience
Hula Advanced Adults
Who: Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) ages 18 and up with extended hula experience
Gracious Ladies Hula
Who: Wahine (Women) ages 50 and up
Each of our valued affiliates offers Ke Kukui Foundation a percentage of sales/proceeds if you purchase through these links.
Search for New, Used and Rare Books at Powell's. Hawaiian dictionaries, travel and keiki books can be found at Powell's, often at a discounted price.
Many of the photos you see on this site are taken by Miguel Mesa. Proceeds from a portion of sales of the Ke Kukui 3 Days Event will go back to Ke Kukui. Mahalo Miguel!