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.

May Day is Lei Day

may_day_200.jpgSaturday, May 3rd, 2014  11am-6pm
Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 3000 NW 119th st,  Vancouver, WA 

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii (and Vancouver, Washington too!) All the Hawaiian traditions of May Day will be shared with the community: May Day royal court, fresh plumeria leis, lei making contest, plate lunch, arts & crafts vendors and HULA & Hawaiian music all day long. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there! Admission: $5.  Keiki 10 and under are free.  Enter the Lei contest or print this flyer and bring it in for $1 off admission. 

Slack Key Guitar Survey - Mahalo for Your Input

survey_orange.jpgAloha!  Did you attend the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival?  If so, please take a moment to fill out our quick survey. Your feedback is important to us so that we can continue to improve bringing cultural programs like this one to you, the general public. CLICK HERE to take the survey. Mahalo!!


Come Hula with Us! March open enrollment.

hula_web_150.jpgBecause of "Snowmageddon" we've had to move our Cultural Lu`au to March and move open enrollment too. Halau hula Kaleinani o ke Kukui is having an open enrollment for hula in the month of March. Classes are held in Beaverton, OR and Vancouver, WA. 

Babies 3 years and up, keiki kāne, kāne, teens, adults and kupuna. If you are interested, willing to commit to hālau hula and have not danced for any hālau in the past year, please contact Aunty Deva Yamashiro at [email protected] or call (360) 901-3749. 

 Ke Kukui Arts & Cultural Center Programs & Activities

301 E McLoughlin Blvd Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98663 

Workshop: Papa Kuiki Lau - Quilted Wall Hanging (4 classes)

Kuiki_75.jpgPart II: Saturday, March 22. Morning Class: 10am to 12pm or Afternoon Class: 10am to 3pm.  Instructor: Susan Bunda
Learn the art of quilting "Hawaiian Style" by following designs in quilting, Kuiki Lau. Cost is $50.00 (4 sessions included in tuition) and Material Kit is $20.00. If you are interested or have questions, please email: [email protected]

Part III: Saturday, April 12.  Morning Class: 10am to 12pm or Afternoon Class: 10am to 3pm
Part IV: Saturday, April 26.  Morning Class 10am to 12pm or Afternoon Class: 10am to 3pm

Workshop: Papa Lei Kui Pauku

allie_75.jpgSaturday, April 19 from 10am to 12pm.
Learn the art of stringing leis together and prepare yourself for our upcoming May Day lei contest. Cost is $25 and includes supplies. Please RSVP by emailing:  [email protected]

Workshop:  Papa Lei Humupapa

Saturday, April 19 from 1pm to 3pm. 
Learn the art of sewing leis to a backing and preparing yourself for our upcoming May Day lei contest. Cost is $25 and includes materials.  Please RSVP by emailing:  [email protected]

Kanikapila - Open Music Jam Session

Third Monday Evenings, April 21st. 7pm-9pm


 On the 3rd Monday of every month Ke Kukui Foundation hosts an informal jam session featuring Polynesian music.  Bring your guitar, ukulele, kettle bass drum or your musical instrument of choice and join in.  Can’t play?  That’s okay, listen in or sing along just come out and enjoy this free event. 

Papa Kuke - Cooking Class

kkf_eatlocal.jpgSaturday, May 17 from 10am to 12pm.

Papa Kuke (cooking class).  Come and enjoy our Filipino culture by learning to make lumpia and pancit!  Cost is $25.  It includes a cooking demonstration with some hands-on cooking.  Please bring your cutting board, knife, apron, and dish cloth.  Please RSVP by emailing:  [email protected]
Kūpuna Talk Story - Eddie Duarte - RESCHEDULED

eddie_duarte.jpgE kala mai, our Kupuna Talk Story with Uncle Eddie Duarte, tonight, March 3rd, will be rescheduled due to illness. Please join us in sending our aloha and wishes for a quick recovery. Our kūpuna (elders) are a powerful source of wisdom. Kūpuna are defined as “grandparents, ancestors, relatives or close friends,” and also means “starting point or source.” Uncle Eddie will talk story about growing up as a keiki on the North Shore, Oahu, raising his twin grand baby girls in Wai`anae, and working as a police officer in Pearl City before moving to Vancouver, WA.  FREE and open to the public. 



January 26, 2014

mayor_leavitt_125.jpgVancouver, Washington's Mayor Tim Leavitt donated $500 to Ke Kukui Foundation. Mahalo Mayor Leavitt!





October 17, 2013

pacificU_newspaper_285.jpgKa Lei Maile Ali`i:  The Queen's Women was performed at Oregon's Pacific University to students and faculty. The performance highlighted the annexation issues Native Hawaiians faced and steps they took to claim their independence.  Malia Hanabusa, student at PU and dancer with Kaleinani o ke Kukui shared a kahiko.  

 October 1, 2013

We've been nominated by Toyota to aid our outreach to spread Aloha culture in the Pacific Northwest! Ke Kukui Foundation is one of 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public which began Oct. 1, 2013  on

The new Toyota would provide safe and efficient transportation for: 1. People and equipment 2. Meal delivery program for senior citizens and disabled members/friends 3. Recycling, gardening and composting program 4. Community outreach programs.  Mahalo for your consideration! Vote for us on October 11!

3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest

July 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2014
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

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

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We're Social!

HULA for all ages and genders
kekukui_hula.jpgFor more information, please contact Pat Naeole at 503-330-4856

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





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! 


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!

'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.


Hula brother Pete Kepulekaneokealoha Fritsch returned safely from a year of service in Afghanistan.  Mahalo nui loa for your service!


Mark Hogan is a keiki parent and spouse of hula sister Amanda and will be deployed this summer. 

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.