Grantee: Ke Kukui Foundation
Location: Vancouver, Wash.
Award: 2012 Bridge Initiative for Native Arts
Discipline: 3 Days of Aloha
Web Site: http://kekukuifoundation.org/
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.
3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest is a summer festival that features a hula competition, traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian dance and music performances and has workshops on feather lei-making, stamp making and coconut weaving. The festival preserves and promotes cultural traditions and serves to educate participants in the historic significance of Hawaii in the Pacific Northwest.
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.