Ke Kukui Foundation

 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.

Upcoming Events


Kaleinani o ke Kukui Fall OPEN ENROLLMENT 

deva_kaloku_200.jpgThe halau (hula school) is accepting new haumana (students). 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 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 


Learn to Speak Hawaiian

Saturdays: TBA


Inā ʻaʻole hiki iā ʻoe ke heluhelu i kēia, e hele mai i ka papa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!

(If you can’t read this, come to Hawaiian language class!)

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: TBA




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 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2017
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

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

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

Help keep the Culture Alive.

Consider a donation or sponsorship to KE KUKUI FOUNDATION.

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! 


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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

Support & Funders

of Ke Kukui Foundation Programs






We're Social!

'Ohana in the Service


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_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.