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Kamehameha Foundation​


We support various organizations

involving cultural activities in Hawaiʻi  

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Haleʻiwa Outrigger

Canoe Club

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The Kamehameha Foundation supported the Haleʻiwa Outrigger Canoe Club, a small canoe club that is rooted in Haleʻiwa at Māeaea Beach.


They are devoted to their members, community and the environment as they strive to educate one another on the meaning of crew and to care for the ocean and its surroundings - to be present and mindful. 

This newly created racing canoe was blessed and launched on the pre-dawn evening on December 17, 2018 and was named "Laʻanui" in honor of Gideon Peleʻīoholani (Pele-ʻĪ-o-Holani) Laʻanui, Aliʻi Nui of all Waialua, Oʻahu. 

Laʻanui was a great nephew of King Kamehameha I and was one of the best canoe surfers of his time as he was taught by the great King Kamehameha himself.  Laʻanui passed on his incredible art of surfing skills to the two sons of King Kamehameha the Great, who was Liholiho and Kauikeaouli at is what is known as Aliʻi Beach in Haleʻiwa.

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Onipa'a Peace March

The Kamehameha Foundation supported the 2020 Onipaʻa Peace March.  The March was on held on January 17th, 2020 from Mauna ʻAla (Royal Mausoleum) to ʻIolani Palace grounds. 


The event drew thousands of people throughout all of Hawaiʻi to voice the continuing protest against the 1893 illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Aloha Legacy Hawaii

Aloha Legacy Hawaii


The Kamehameha Foundation supported

Aloha Legacy Hawaii. 

To help with the projects of:

"The Little Hero who did Big Things"

Ka Huakaʻi & Pilima Program

Aloha Legacy Hawaii envisions a thriving and vibrant Hawaii where living Aloha is a way of life, and the Hawaiian language is commonly spoken.


They look to start the fulfillment of this vision with the publication of their children's book "The Little Heroes who did BIG Things!" adapted from the Hawaiian myth "He moʻolelo no ʻōpae ē" written for the Hawaiian language reader and translated into English.

It is much more than a book, The Little Heroes who did BIG Things will be the foundation for further learning and language engagement.


With the help of the Kamehameha Foundation to help reach their goals, Aloha Legacy Hawaii can print, market, and distribute their book and further develop video reading books, interactive e-books, animation, and academic content that will help teachers teach our Keiki with a better kanaka maoli perspective and align with the Board of Education End Policy 3 - Na Hopena Aʻo (HĀ) initiative.

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Nā Kāne Koa o Mākua

Nā Koa Aloha Āina o Waimānalo


The Kamehameha Foundation supported

Nā Koa Aloha Āina o Waimānalo &

Nā Kane Koa o Mākua

The Kamehameha Foundation is pleased to have contributed monetary support for the good works of “Nā Koa Aloha ʻĀina o Waimanālo” and “Nā Kāne Koa o Mākua”.

Their volunteer services are an asset to all communities and we at the Kamehameha Foundation recognize the dedication they both provide from their hearts in keeping our ʻāina clean and safe as well as inspiring respect among all who they influence.

-Photo: the good works of Nā Kāne Koa o Mākua (Facebook)

Na Kane Koa o Makua
sustain hawaii
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The Kamehameha Foundation supported Sustain Hawaiʻi Non Profit.  Their mission is dedicated to helping transform our islands’ capacity for enduring self-reliance by balancing ecological, socio-cultural and economic needs through community education, innovative practice and advocacy.


Ke Kula ʻo Samuel Kamakau
Laboratory Charter School

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The Kamehameha Foundation supported Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Charter School in Kane’ohe. 


Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Charter School is an accredited educational Hawaiian immersion charter school, located in the the uplands of Haʻikū Valley in Kāneʻohe and teaches their students in the Hawaiian language from Preschool through 12th grade.  The school is approved by the State Public Charter School Commission, ʻAha Kula Hoʻāmana.


On September 2, 2022, Board member, David Keali’imaika’i Castro distributed 40 books of Keoua, Father of Kings to Kumu Kukuiokalani Keeno and will be used for student curriculum in the classrooms to learn about ali’i and members of the royal family.

Keoua, Father of Kings was written by Aliʻi High Chiefess Princess Elizabeth Kekaʻaniau Laʻanui Pratt, a member of the royal family of Hawaiʻi.  Princess Elizabeth was educated at the Chiefs Childrenʻs School, a select school for those who were eligible for the Hawaiian throne.  The book describes the life of Keōua nui, progenitor of the Kamehamehas and also the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

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'Iolani Palace Donations

The Kamehameha Foundation supports

'Iolani Palace

The Kamehameha Foundation is pleased to contribute to the maintenance of 'Iolani Palace.

Purchase Keoua, Father of Kings at the Palace Shop and all the procceeds from the book is donated to 'Iolani Palace to help support the maintenance of the palace.

Hula Kiʻi in Aotearoa

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Hula Kiʻi in Aotearoa

In June 2023, the Kamehameha Foundation supported Hula Kiʻi in Aotearoa.

Hālau ʻo Kahiwahiwa is took a trip to Aotearoa.

This cultural exchange brings together two parts of one hālau, which are both under the direction of kumu, Auliʻi Mitchell. Kumu Auliʻi earned his master’s in Applied Indigenous Knowledge from Te Wananga O Aotearoa at Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, Aotearoa.

While living in Aotearoa, he brought his family’s hula legacy to our Polynesian cousins and started Hālau o Moana-nui-a-Kiwa in Tāmaki Makaurau on the north island of Aotearoa. This trip brings his hālau together from across the Pacific for the very first time.

In July 2023, they will be showcasing hula, mele, and oli in a performance at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The highlight of this hōʻike will be a sharing of a nearly extinct form of hula called hula kiʻi, or Hawaiian puppetry, the dance of the sacred image.

Kumu Auliʻi is the leading expert in reviving this ancient and rare form of hula. Their hālau will be joined by the Hula Preservation Society under the direction of kumu hula Maile Loo and Nā Hanona Kūlike ʻo Piʻilani under the direction of kumu hula Kaponoʻai Molitau. All three kumu will also be the featured guest speakers at the museum's Ngā Kākano Talks, a panel discussion centered around indigenous experiences, perspectives, expertise, and insights.

Hula Ki'i in Aotearoa
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