PAʻI 2016 Year-End Appeal Campaign

I am personally extremely grateful for the opportunities I have been given as a direct result of the efforts of the PA‘I foundation.  I have not only been able to showcase my work among other outstanding art, but have also become part of a network of many other fine artisans and cultural practitioners.

Beau Jack Key
Native Hawaiian Carver

I am a Hawaiian of kupuna age and acknowledge that as I was growing up, there was very little support and recognition of Hawaiian traditional arts or of contemporary Hawaiian artistic expressions... PAʻI Foundation has played a pivotal role in the growth of nā mea Hawaiʻi. In its valuing of arts and artists, PAʻI has also built "community." Its many events have brought people together: artists with artists; artists with patrons; artists with appreciators; budding artists with accomplished artists; youth with adults and elders; Hawaiian artists with artists from around the globe. PAʻI has connected artists across islands and across nations. All of us artists are now given a "face" to who we are as Hawaiians through our arts.

Kauanoelehua Chang
Retired D.O.E Arts Education Director and Practicing Visual Artist

I have been a halau parent and volunteer supporter since my daughter was three years old and dancing with Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine in her keiki class.  Over the years, Malaya has had the privilege of participating in the rich and diverse array of the PAʻI Foundation programs including hula classes and the MAMo Arts Movement activities that celebrate Native Hawaiian arts, culture and traditional practices. This formative experience has grounded my daughter in a deep sense of place and embodied respect for the land and host culture. I cannot imagine her childhood and adolescence without the mentorship, love, and aloha of the alaka'i and teachers who have given her and the other students so much... we also understand the critical need for safe spaces for indigenous youth where they can explore their own cultural contexts and define what it means to lead at this critical time of upheaval and change.

Grace Alvaro Caligtan
Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima Hālau Parent & Volunteer

With your support* in 2015, PAʻI was able to:

  • support 91 MAMo Native Hawaiian artists; providing 32 events such as arts markets, gallery exhibitions, and the popular Wearable Arts Show which attracted 21,134 attendees,
  • provide 288 class hours of hula instruction, in a studio setting, for over 60 students,
  • provide 370 interactive master class hours in cultural traditions including chant, Hawaiian composition, Hawaiian language, bamboo stamping, kapa making, Hawaiian string-storytelling, and featherwork for over 292 participants,
  • provide the first cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute, a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and the PA’I Foundation. The Intercultural Leadership Institute is a year-long rigorous personal and leadership development program for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals,
  • accept the invitation to host the Festival of Pacific Arts & Cultures 2020 in Honolulu,
  • schedule the January 2017 groundbreaking of Ola Ka ʻIlima Artspace which will provide 84 affordable artist lofts and the new PAʻI Arts Gallery & Performing Arts Center,
  • ...and so much more!

Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to the PAʻI Foundation to help us help you to continue our shared mission!

* With your support, the PAʻI Foundation was also able to leverage funding from local, national, and international sources including the Administration for Native Americans, Artplace, Atherton Family Foundation, First Peoples Fund, The Ford Foundation, Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Institute of Museum & Library Services, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and garner support from our partners Arts at Marks Garage, Artspace, City & County of Honolulu, Honolulu Museum of Art, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Mayor's Office on Culture & Arts, Nā Lama Kūkui, Royal Hawaiian Center, SALT at Our Kakaʻako, State of Hawaiʻi, Street Grindz, University of Hawaiʻi, and Wailoa Arts Center.


Preserving, Protecting, Promoting, and Perpetuating
Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture for Future Generations

PAʻI Foundation
904 Kohou Street # 102
Honolulu HI 96817-4407  (808) 844-2001