Grantee: Ke Kukui Foundation
Ke Kukui Foundation supports the preservation of Hawaiian/Polynesian culture through community events, education, music and the art of hula in communities throughout Washington and Oregon.
For the first two days of the festival, the Ke Kukui foundation sponsors several traditional masters – na kumu hula – to teach workshops in traditional and contemporary hula. It is a rare opportunity for hula practitioners living on the continent to work with renowned Hawaiian masters whose studios are housed on the Islands. In addition, the festival offers workshops from a master feather (kahili) practitioner and a master ukulele musician. Over 200 participants attended the training sessions, doubling expectations. There were also representatives from 30 hula halaus (schools) who traveled to the festival from their studios in Canada, California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. On the third day of the festival, the Hapa Haole Hula Competition and the Ho’ike and Hawaiian Festival drew over 10,000 visitors.