Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima Open Enrollment

Vicky and Jeff Takamine, nā kumu hula of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima, are excited to announce open enrollment for new students ages 13 and older.

There will be an initial 12 week introduction to our hālau hula.

Classes will be held Thursday evenings, 5:15 – 6:15 PM, at 904 Kohou St. #102, Honolulu, HI 96817.

Class begins in January 2021.

A $25 registration fee will be required.

Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited.

Monthly tuition is $40 and first payment will be due on the first day of class.

Haumāna of all skill levels are welcomed.

Click here to register!



PAʻI Arts at Kou Call to Artists

PAʻI Foundation and its Executive Director, Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine, proudly announce a new exhibit space for Hawaiʻi artists, PAʻI Arts at Kou located within Tidepools@CPB, Central Pacific Bank’s new coworking space at their Main Branch on the corner of Alakea and King.  Featuring coworking facilities, food and beverage options and a popular evening gathering spot, this new location will truly embody the saying, 

Hui aku nā maka i Kou

The faces will meet in Kou.

Kou (now central Honolulu) was the place where the chiefs played games,

 and people came from everywhere to watch.

– ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 1128, Pukui, 1983

PAʻI Arts at Kou expects to open on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 with its inaugural exhibit, 

HE ALOHA E KA IʻA LĒHEI KĀHEKA inspired by the saying,

He pāoʻo ka iʻa ʻaʻohe kāheka lēhei ʻole ʻia. 

There is no sea pool that a pāoʻo fish does not leap into.  

An active person is found everywhere

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 885, Pukui, 1983

This exhibit will welcome the intrepid denizens of Tidepools@CPB who, like the pāoʻo fish, can be found darting from space to space as need dictates in order to accomplish the task at hand.  The exhibit theme will reflect the tidepool theming elements to be found throughout the coworking space and celebrate Tidepools@CPB as a productive space for coming together.

To see the KHON 2 news spot on this call to artists, click here.
To register to be considered to be an artist in the gallery, please click here. If you have any questions, email Kaʻiu at kaiu@paifoundation.org.
Follow us on social media to stay up to date on our programs and projects! IG and FB handle is @PAIFoundation.

Hula Classes with Robert Cazimero

To register for this session with Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, click here.

Hoʻomaikaʻi to MAMo Artists: Umi Kai and Kawika Lum-Nelmida

We would like to say hoʻomaikaʻi to Umi Kai (2017 MAMo Awardee) for being a 2021 First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Award recipient, and hoʻomaikaʻi to MAMo artist Kawika Lum-Nelmida for being a 2021 United States Artist recipient! Mahalo for everything you both do for our lāhui and kaiāulu.

To read more on Umi’s award, click here. To read more on Kawika’s award, click here.

We would also like to say congratulation to Moses Goods for being a First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership recipient, and to Hāwane Rios for being a First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital recipient! We are excited to see what you both will be doing in 2021~


He Kaiāulu o ka Poʻe Heona a Makakū

A Community of Creative and Artistic People

However, there are organizations in Hawaiʻi helping the artistic and creative community, namely PAʻI Foundation led by Vicky Holt Takamine. For more than 10 years they have been assisting the creative economic community. With support from the First Peoples Fund (FPF) and the Native Artists Professional Development Fund (NAPDF) artists are assisted with the development of portfolios and webpage professional development and design. This enables artists to show their arts, hula, singing, fashion and so forth. Some of the artists assisted by PAʻI and FPF-NAPDF include ʻUmi Kai, Kaʻohu Seto and Starr Kalahiki. Web pages are critically important during the pandemic. For example, on October 22, people could log into the web, YouTube or KHON to watch the MAMo Wearable Fashion show and order fashion items from the online market (see www.paifoundation.org/).

In addition, PAʻI and FPF, along with Alternate Roots, NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures) and SIPP Culture (Mississippi Center for Cultural Production) joined together to form ILI (Indigenous Leadership Institute). During the pandemic, they raised $5,000,000 for the native creative economic community. Native leaders can apply to the ILI (see www.weareili.org/). Kahōkü Lindsey Asing, Kanoelani Davis, Tara Gumapac, Chadwick Pang, and Kaʻiulani Takamori are some of the recent fellows of ILI.

Mahalo piha e Dr. Kalani Akana for this wonderful article! Click here to read the article in its entirety (in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi & English!)

Lei Aloha

On Friday, October 23, 2020, PAʻI Foundation partnered up with East-West Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to present Arts Across America’s “Lei Aloha”.  This concert featured the Osorio ʻOhana (Jon, Jamaica, and Duncan), Robert Uluwehi Cazimero and Kuana Torres Kahele.  This concert was broadcasted live on Facebook. To rewatch this program, click here.


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