Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke


Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

PAʻI Foundation, with major support from the Kamehameha Schools, is pleased to launch

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke as part of the ʻŌiwi Leadership Fund to support Native Hawaiian artists, cultural bearers and cultural practitioners who are 18+ years of age and residents of Hawaiʻi.

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke will provide award grants of up to $2,500 (with most awards at the $1,000 -$1,500 level) to a kumu and a haumāna to 1) support and strengthen knowledge and skills in a specific cultural practice; 2) sustain a cultural practice; and 3) develop an ʻōiwi lens.

Acceptable use of these funds should be used to support cultural learning in the form of tuition/fees for classes, supplies, equipment, tools and/or instruments deemed necessary for development in the practice.  

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Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2022.

Those awarded will be notified no later than November 22, 2022.
Distribution of awarded grants will begin December 6, 2022.

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke funds cannot be used for:

Grant funds could be used for:

Awards may be disbursed to the kumu or to the haumāna at the discretion of the kumu.

At the end of the program, awardees may be asked to complete a survey about how funds were used and benefited the haumāna and the kumu building your cultural practice. Receipts may be required at the end of the program

Applicants will need to gain the support and recommendation from their kumu by having your Kumu complete and submit the recommendation form in support of your application.  You should provide your kumu with Part 1 of the form completed and a stamped envelope addressed to PAʻI Foundation PO Box 17483 Honolulu, HI 96817. Or Kumu recomendatinon forms may be sent via email to Recommendation forms must be received by October 30, 2022.

You can find the Kumu Recommendation Form HERE.

Your answers will be kept confidential and no personal information will be made public.

For more information or assistance, please contact PAʻI at 808-844-2001 or