About PAʻI


PAʻI Foundation, founded in 2001, is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima, a hālau hula founded in 1977 by kumu hula, Victoria Holt Takamine. The geographic reach of PAʻI Foundation programming is primarily Hawaiʻi, but PAʻI cultural programming also reaches audiences in the continental United States and internationally.

PAʻI Foundation Mission:

To preserve and perpetuate Native Hawaiian arts and culture for future generations.

PAʻI Foundation Values:

A Akahai- meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness;

Lokahi- meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;

O ʻOluʻolu- meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;

Haʻahaʻa- meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

Ahonui- meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

PAʻI Foundation Vision:

To establish and maintain a sustainable Native Hawaiian arts and culture center in urban Honolulu.

In pursuit of it’s mission, the PAʻI Foundation operates the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center (PACC) currently located in Kapālama. A new 6,000 square foot PAʻI Arts Gallery & Performing Arts Center will open in 2019 as part of the ‘Ola Ka ʻIlima Artspace affordable artist development project in Kakaʻako.


Vicky Holt Takamine
Executive Director/ Kumu Hula, Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima

Jeffrey Takamine
Artistic Director/ Kumu Hula, Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima

Ed Bourgeois
Managing Director

Burton White
Development Director

Charlene Kuʻulei Hazelwood
PACC Office Manager

Elizabeth Kaʻiulani Takamori
Folk Arts Coordinator


The PA‘I Foundation is looking to increase the number of board members from nine to eleven. We are currently seeking new board members to fill existing vacancies. Board members are elected for a period of three years and meet quarterly. All board members are expected to serve on committees and participate in all PA‘I Foundation activities.

The current members of the board are:

Kawika McKeague
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Planner, Group 70 Inc.

Mokihana Benevente
Vice President
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Associate Professor, Leeward Community College

Alison Hartle
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Instructor, UH Lab School

Lucy ‘Āina Lau 
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Sales Director, Hale Koa Hotel

Carol Lau
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Administrator, Comprehensive Family Care Center

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