Hana Maʻawe Classes!

2014 koko pualu workshop flyer at Paʻi Foundation

Interested in hana maʻawe (Hawaiian fiber arts)? If so, check out our new class brought to you by Lufi Luteru (2014 MAMo poster artist).

The first class will teach you how to create a kōkō pūʻalu (basic carrier net) for your water bottle.

Classes will take place on September 2, 9, and 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Tuition for the class is $150, which includes the teacher instruction time and most materials.  Tuition is due on the first day of class (September 2, 2014).

There is a student limit of 10-12 students per hana maʻawe series.  For more information, please email Lufi at, or call us a 808-844-2001.


Hawaiian Language Classes!

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Interested in learning ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language)? If so, come and join our new Kealaleo class that will be taught by Keoua Nelsen!

Classes will be offered three times a month for 12 months.  The first class will be held at the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center (904 Kohou St. #102 Honolulu, HI 96817) on Monday, September 8, 2014.  Classes will take place on the the first three Mondays of the month from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Tuition is $65 a month.

If you are interested, there will be a FREE introduction to the class on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center from 5:30  pm to 7:00 pm.

For more information, please email Keoua Nelsen at, or call us at 808-844-2001.

E ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!


Mahalo e Hawaiian Airlines Foundation!

PAʻI Board (L-R): ʻĀina Lau (Secretary), Mokihana Benavente (Vice President), Kawika McKeague (President), Vicky Holt Takamine (Executive Director), and Alison Hartle (Secretary)

PAʻI Board (L-R): ʻĀina Lau (Treasurer), Mokihana Benavente (Vice President), Kawika McKeague (President), Vicky Holt Takamine (Executive Director), and Alison Hartle (Secretary)

We would like to say mahalo nui loa to the Hawaiian Airlines Foundation for their support of $25,000 for  MAMo 2015! Woo hoo! #MAMo2015 #HawaiianAirlines #Mahalo


Ola ka ʻIlima Update!

Aloha.  It has been a while since we posted anything, but here is the latest and greatest on our affordable housing for artists project, Ola ka ʻIlima…

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Loft project wins vital funding

July 25, 2014
Andrew Gomes, Honolulu Star-Advertiser


An artist housing plan is poised to begin construction in 2015 thanks to tax credits

A nonprofit developer trying to build rental loft housing on state land in Kakaako for low-income artists has overcome a big financing hurdle to put the roughly $37 million project in good position to break ground next year.

The board of a state agency that facilitates affordable-housing development voted unanimously Thursday to issue tax credits for the planned 84-unit apartment building called Ola ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts where monthly rent is expected to start at $437.

The approval was a linchpin for the developer, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit called Artspace, being able to finance the eight-story building that has been in the works for more than three years.

“This is the critical financing step in this project,” said Greg Handberg, Artspace’s senior vice president of properties. “This is the hurdle. We’re off to the races.”

The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. approved $2.1 million in tax credits — $1.4 million in federal credits and $712,500 in state credits. The credits can be claimed annually for 10 years, giving them a face value of $21 million. The developer expects to net about $16 million selling the credits to investors.

Other pieces of financing already in place include $1.9 million granted by the Legislature earlier this year and $1 million allocated by the city last year.

Artspace still needs to sew up a few other pieces of financing, including a $4.5 million loan being sought from HHFDC’s rental housing trust fund, though the tax credit approval is expected to make obtaining loans easier because it provides a large piece of equity in the project.

“It’s really viewed as gold,” Darren Ueki, HHFDC finance manager, said about the tax credits. “It’s a huge hurdle.”

Artspace, which is working with an affiliate of nonprofit EAH Housing on the loft project, anticipates that it can start construction next year and finish in late 2016.

As part of the tax credit financing arrangement, the lofts would be affordable for 65 years and restricted to households earning 30 percent to 60 percent of Honolulu’s median income.

The income limits equate to $20,150 for a single person or $40,260 for family of four at the low end, and $28,750 for a single person or $57,480 for a family of four at the high end.

Monthly rent is projected to range from $437 to $1,334. About half the units would rent for $800 to $1,000 per month.

Artists receive a preference for tenancy and are selected with help of a committee of artists who do not judge the quality of art from prospective tenants.

Artspace, which has developed 36 artist housing projects in 14 states since being founded in 1979, said federal fair-housing law supports housing for artists as a special group covered under the law.

A broad spectrum of art qualifies tenants to live in Artspace projects, including literature, photography, architecture, singing, dancing, filmmaking and acting. Even workers such as technicians, administrators and teachers who help produce or support art can qualify.

The local nonprofit PA’I Foundation is also involved in the project and will manage ground-floor space for Native Hawaiian art performances and education along with other community uses.

Artspace has been working on Ola ka ‘Ilima for three years, and in April 2011 was given exclusive rights to negotiate a lease for a 30,000-square-foot lot owned by the Hawaii Community Development Authority on Waimanu Street makai of the Pacifica Honolulu condominium tower.

HCDA, a state agency regulating development in Kakaako, has extended its negotiation window with Artspace a few times given the challenge of obtaining tax credits awarded by HHFDC on a competitive basis.

Last year, Artspace failed to secure tax credits due to HHFDC shifting the timing and criteria of its program. The developer has said that producing low-income housing for artists usually takes three to five years because tax credits are typically the financing backbone.

Copyright (c) Honolulu Star-Advertiser 



2014 Prince Lot Hula Festival

PC: Nathalie Walker (Midweek)

PC: Nathalie Walker (Midweek)

PC: Nathalie Walker (MIdweek)

PC: Nathalie Walker (MIdweek)

Come on down to Moanalua Gardens tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, 2014, for the Prince Lot Hula Festival.  PAʻI’s own Executive Director, Vicky Holt Takamine, will be receiving the Malia Kau Award along with fellow kumu hula: Robert Cazimero, Wayne Keahi Chang, Leinaʻala Kalama Heine, and Kahaʻi Topolinski.  The honoring and awards will take place at 9 am at the hula mound.  Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima is scheduled to go on at 1:50 pm.

See you all in Moanalua!