Vancouver, WA


About Us

Ke Kukui Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Washington and Oregon.

Founded in 2006, by Deva Yamashiro and Victoria Holt-Takamine Ke Kukui Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose main focus is to preserve and share the Hawaiian/Polynesian arts and culture by promoting education in music, dance, language, and art. Through our cultural programs and events Ke Kukui Foundation strives to also strengthen communities, cultivate youth leadership, and promote cultural awareness and education. With the growing number of Hawaiʻi Natives and Pacific Islanders relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Ke Kukui Foundation continues to fulfill the cultural needs of the community.

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What We Do

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Cultural Programs

We offer ongoing cultural classes through the hālau hula (hula school), Kaleinani O Ke Kukui. Classes that are held weekly include Hula, ʻUkulele, Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance), Tahitian drumming, and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language). We also host various workshops by Master Cultural Practitioners.

Community Events

Through hosting community events, we are able to bring people together who share a passion or interest in the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. It is also gives us a platform to raise cultural awareness by sharing our culture in its authenticity.

Youth Leadership

The youth is the heart of our mission. They are the cultural bearers and leaders of the next generation. Through programs such as the Ke Kukui Foundation Junior Board, we strive to empower the youth in the community. Offering a variety of youth programs year-round gives children and teens a safe space to stay active […]

"A lot of children are growing up here and they really donʻt have the opportunity to learn the things that we did growing up at home so, that is why we started Ke Kukui Foundation" - Deva Yamashiro, Founder