GRANTEE SHOWCASE: | Hoʻonaʻauao: Education | Moʻomeheu: Culture | Hoʻokahua Waiwai: Economic Self-Sufficiency | Mauli Ola: Health | ʻĀina: Land & Water | ʻAhahui Grants

To strengthen identity, Native Hawaiians will preserve, practice and perpetuate their culture.

Strategic Results

  • 85% of Hawaiʻi residents will appreciate and value Native Hawaiian history and culture
  • 51% of Native Hawaiians living in the State of Hawaiʻi will participate in cultural activities, including language, and who interact with the ʻāina for cultural, spiritual, religious and subsistence purposes.


2667 ʻAnuʻu Place
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 845-8918

Translation Training Project: Phase III offers intensive two-year training for fluent Hawaiian speakers who wish to be translators, trainers and mentors. In this phase, one team of trainees will continue translating Samuel M. Kamakau’s history series, which was originally published in Hawaiian language newspapers from 1865-70. Awaiaulu’s work will present his original material in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English. A second team will translate Hawaiian historian John Papa ʻīʻī’s “Na Hunahuna o ka Moolelo Hawaii.” Trainees from Phase II will become trainers in this phase as translators who trained them become mentors-in-training.

Photo: Puakea Nogelmeier with a translator in training, making Hawaiian language do.


41-477 Hihimanu Street
Waimānalo, HI 96795
(808) 258-6717

Two workshop series will allow Native Hawaiian youth and their family members to learn traditional protocol and techniques from respected kūpuna and kumu. The 10-12 week long Papahana Kālai Papa Me Pōhaku Kuʻi ʻAi workshop series will teach 100 participants to carve their own papa kuʻi ʻai and pōhaku kuʻi ʻai to pound their own kalo. The eight month Papahana Kālai Waʻa will teach canoe building to 90 participants. Seven older youth and young adults will be selected by their kumu to receive specific training as apprentice cultural practitioners, in hope that they’ll one day become kumu themselves.

Photo: (R-L): Rikki Barros, Jack Canape, Isaiah Abejon, and Koyo Kekauoha. During one of the Waʻa Wednesdays for Hui Mālama O Ke Kai, teachers watch on as students use pono practices while showcasing the skills that they have just learned on how to begin shaping a waʻa.


2239 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 791-9400

Birthing a Nation seeks to increase and perpetuate traditional knowledge and cultural practices around childbirth. Over the next two years, 176 Native Hawaiian wāhine hāpai and their kāne, cultural practitioners and health professionals will learn cultural birthing practices, empowering families to give their child a strong foundation in life while strengthening the lāhui. Elements of the program include research and training for cultural practitioners, as well as eight-week programs for expectant parents that draw on ancestral knowledge and emphasize the importance of lomilomi, lāʻau, hoʻoponopono, ʻai pono, ʻiewe kanu (planting of ʻiewe) and other practices during pregnancy and childbirth.

Photo: Wāhine hāpai and their kāne can learn cultural birthing practices.


P.O. Box 505
Hōnaunau, HI 96726
(808) 987-9052

Part of a longer-term goal to restore the abundance and sustainability of the South Kona fishery and revive and sustain traditional Hawaiian practices of sustainable fishing, KUPA’s project, Revitalizing Traditional Hawaiian Fishing Practices in Hoʻokena, South Kona, Hawaiʻi, aims at preserving and perpetuating the customary Hawaiian cultural practices of traditional ʻōpelu (mackerel scad) fishing as handed down to the fishermen of Hoʻokena and the greater South Kona region by reintroducing seasonal closures to allow time for regeneration of fish stocks and increased fish catch to train a new generation of ʻōpelu fishers.

Photo: Douglas Alani demonstrating opelu net fishing for a gathering that KUPA sponsored in 2014 along with Paʻa Pono of Milolii and Na Pea sailing academy.


819 Factory Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 291-5038

The Kūkāʻilimoku: Perpetuation and Preservation of Hawaiian Basketry project’s goal is increasing the number of cultural practitioners in the area of ʻieʻie (Freycinetia arborea) basketry in targeted Hawaiian communities by providing culture-based experiences through lectures, resource gathering and workshops to connect with their heritage, strengthening their identities as Native Hawaiians. Over the next two years, Lloyd Harold Sing Jr. and May Haunani Balino-Sing will teach 20 Native Hawaiian apprentices on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island how to weave various hīnaʻi (baskets and traps) and weave a Kūkaʻilimoku image. Participants will have opportunities to promote ʻieʻie basketry through demonstrations, lectures and showcases.

Photo: Lloyd Kumulāʻau Sing & Haunani Balino-Sing at Nā Hulu Manu – Bishop Museum sponsored event May 2016.


P.O. Box 17483
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 844-2001

Many Native Hawaiians can’t afford to pay tuition for hula classes and kumu hula and hālau hula face challenges finding dedicated spaces to teach, learn and create new works of art. Hula: Nākiʻi ā Paʻa addresses both of those issues by underwriting the cost of training advanced students of hula as teachers and increasing the number of dance studios dedicated to hula to offer more opportunities for Hawaiians to participate. PAʻI is also partnering with Artspace to build a new arts center in Kakaʻako that will have space for two dance studios and an art gallery.

Photo: Cioci Dalire, Kawika Lum, Kaʻiulani Takamori and Kaleo Manuel making pahu hula.