PAʻI is a part of a distance learning collaboration called Artbridge, which is a Ford Foundation funded project under Artspace (based in Minneapolis, MN).  We are collaborating with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Pregones Theatre, and Culture Hub/La Mama Theatre.

Two weeks ago, everyone involved in this collaboration came to Hawaiʻi to do cultural exchanges and to talk about how this collaboration would go.  PAʻI hosted the cohort and we held our gatherings and meetings at the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center in Kalihi.

We here at PAʻI are excited about what is to come! The final collaboration piece and presentation will be held in Hawaiʻi (UH Mānoa Kennedy Lab Theatre), New York (Culture Hub/La Mama Theater, and Pregones Theater), and in Alaska (Alaska Native Heritage Center), on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2 pm HST.  (More info to come.)

Stay tuned for more updates on the final performance!


The Native Hawaiian Artists & Cultural Practitioner Needs Assessment Survey

In 2007, PAʻI in collaboration with ʻĪlioʻulaokalani Coalition, did a needs assessment survey for Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners.  Through this needs assessment survey, PAʻI was able to create programming such as MAMo: Maoli Arts Month.

This needs assessment was made possible with major funding from Ford Foundation, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  Mahalo nui loa!

To read through the Native Hawaiian Artists & Cultural Practitioner Needs Assessment Survey, please click on the link listed below.

Native Hawaiian Artist & Cultural Practitioner Needs Assessment Survey Final Report

Shall you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact us at 808-844-2001.


Native Artist Professional Development II


Did you miss out on our first free training session? Fret not! You have one more chance!


Hapa Haole Hula Competition & Concert Date Change!

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Date Change for the Hapa Haole Hula Competition & Concert

Hawai’i Theatre
Saturday, August 1, 2015
7:00 pm

Tickets $35 and $25 (includes the $3 restoration fee)

The Good News!
Deadline for Applications is extended to:
June 26, 2015!

Solo Categories:
Miss Hapa Haole (age 18 and over)
Miss Comic Hula (age 18 and over)

Group Categories
Wahine (age 14 and over)
Kāne (age 14 and over)
Combined (age 14 and over)
Keiki (age 13 and under)
Kupuna (age 56 and over)

*$1,000 in cash and prize for the Overall Group Winner*

Applications available at:


Vicky Holt Takamine named 2015 ‘O’o Awardee by Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

PC: Nathalie Walker (Midweek)

PC: Nathalie Walker (Midweek)

Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Honors Vicky Holt Takamine with the 2015 ‘O’o Award

The ‘Ō‘ō Award is presented to those individuals who have devoted their lives to improving the health and well being of Native Hawaiians.  The Awardees will be honored at the annual  ‘O’o Awards Gala event on April 17, 2015 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The 2015 Awardees are:

  • Vicky Holt Takamine, Executive Director and founder of PA’I Foundation, Kumu Hula of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima
  • Warren K. Asing, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Fun Factory, Inc.
  •  Dr. S. Kalani Brady, Physician, Associate Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine

For more information on the ‘O’o Awards or to purchase tickets for the Gala event on April 17, 2015 at the HIlton Hawaiian Village download the application for sponsorship here:

NHCC ‘O’O Awards Sponspor 2015.Writable.