Ke Kukui Foundation

 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.

Upcoming Events

May Day is Lei Day Festival

The Board of Ke Kukui Foundation would like to announce that our May Day Arts and Crafts Festival is cancelled for this year. Mahalo, thank you, for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our 3 Days of Aloha.


Ke Kukui Arts & Cultural Center Programs & Activities

301 E McLoughlin Blvd Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98663



Hawaiian History Series

Starting Tuesday, May 5th   7pm-9pm.  

From 300 AD when the very first Hawaiians set out on a purposeful voyage of discovery to the Hawaiians who protested the annexation by the United States. This 8 week course will combine multimedia, lecture and interactive conversation. Class occurs everyday Tuesday night between May 5th and June 23rd. Cost is $50 for all 8 weeks. PLEASE RSVP to Kepule at [email protected]  or contact him at 503-580-6662 for more information.


Hawaiian Language Classes Begin 

web_olelo.jpgEvery Saturday from January 17th to May 16th at 2pm.
Do you want to speak Hawaiian? We are starting our Hawaiian language classes next week (Jan 17. Classes will run from Jan 17 to May 16, every Sat. Please come! All levels welcome. For more information, email: [email protected]

Kuiki Lau - Hawaiian Quilting
Saturdays: March 14th & 28th. April 25th and May 16th   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]

3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest

July 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2015
Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington


Aloha! We are looking for competitors for the 2015 Hapa Haole Hula Competition. 

CLICK HERE to sign up


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

To become a valued partner of this event or to advertise in the program CLICK HERE. 

'Ohana in the Service


Son of Deva Leinani Yamashiro, Cpl. 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_color.jpgDanial 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. 

The Halau Kaleinani o ke Kukui is the center of cultural knowledge and the most active fundraising entity for the Foundation.

Keep up to date on all things Hawai'i in the Pacific Northwest with the `Ka Leo o ke Kukui` Newsletter

Click to read the Latest Newsletter: 
Ka Leo o ke Kukui

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HULA for all ages and genders
kekukui_hula.jpgFor more information, please contact Aunty Deva: 360-901-3749 or email [email protected] 




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

Our Business Affiliates

Each of our valued affiliates offers Ke Kukui Foundation a percentage of sales/proceeds if you purchase through these links.

Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping us earn a donation from Fred Meyer. Click the card above to sign up.  NPO is 82628.  Mahalo! 

Ke Kukui Foundation


Click here to visit Powell's Books!

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.

Miguel Mesa Photography

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!