About PAʻI

Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima dances “Nā Hala o Naue”


PAʻI Foundation was established in 2001 as the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima, a hālau hula (school of Hawaiian dance) founded in 1977 by kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance), Victoria Holt Takamine.  Takamine is recognized as a Native Hawaiian advocate and community organizer around the issues of Native rights and the protection of the natural and cultural resources of Hawaii that are so vital to the perpetuation of Native Hawaiian cultural traditions.  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 cultural traditions for future generations.

PAʻI Foundation Values:

Akahai- meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness; 

Lokahi- meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;                  

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

Jay Rojas
Managing Director

Charlene Kuʻulei Hazelwood
PACC Office Manager

Elizabeth Kaʻiulani Takamori
Folk Arts Coordinator

Verna Kuroiwa
Administrative Assistant


The PA‘I Foundation is looking to increase the number of board members 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:

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

Tommylynn Mokihana Benavente
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

New Hyde Park, NY 11040-3604

Kimberly Crozier Evans
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Community Planner, Federal Aviation Administration

Marvin Kaleo Manuel
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
Deputy for Water Resources Management, State of Hawaiʻi DLNR

Our executive director, Vicky Takamine, was interviewed by Hawaii Business Magazine and she talks a bit on the new affordable rental housing for artists coming up in Kakaʻako – Ola ka ʻIlima (see page two of the article)! Click here to go to the article.

PA’I Board Member Kaleo Manuel named one of the 21 Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leaders!

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PA’I Board Member Kaleo Manuel also name Deputy of Water Resources Management at the State of Hawaiʻi DLNR!

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Marvin (Kaleo) Manuel
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