Aloha! Building community and sharing have always resided in the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 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.
The halau (hula school) is accepting new haumana (students) this month. If you are new to hula or have hula experience, please come and visit the halau Kaleinani o ke Kukui. Please bring a pareo to dance in. ALSO we are excited to add new classes of Ukulele, Keiki Kane Hula, and Kane Hula. Please visit Kaleinani.com for more information or contact Kaloku Holt at 808-600-8040 or email: [email protected]
Ke Kukui Arts & Cultural Center Programs & Activities
301 E McLoughlin Blvd Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98663
Saturdays: Sept 24 – Dec 17, 2016; Jan 7 – April 1, 2017, and April 15 - June 24, 2017.
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.
Utilizing a book treasured for its ease in comprehension, Ka Lei Ha'aheo, Ke Kukui hosts weekly classes for beginners and those with previous Hawaiian language experience, guided by Kumu Nani. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. at Ke Kukui’s hālau at 301 E. McLoughlin Boulevard in Vancouver as follows: September 24 – December 17, 2016; January 7 – April 1, 2017, and April 15 - June 24, 2017.
For additional information or questions, please contact Nani at [email protected], or 360-891-5514.
Manaʻolana mākou e ʻike iā ʻoe i ka papa! (We hope to see you in class!)
Kuiki Lau - Hawaiian Quilting
Saturdays: Sept 24th, October 22nd, November 19th and December 10th from 10am-12pm
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 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2017
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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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!