Kumulau Foundation

Kumulau Foundation

A Hawaiian-led philanthropic, educational, non-profit organization. Kumulau means a “root with many sprouts”.

Our non-profit initiates and supports cultural service projects and educational programs in five main focus areas:

+ traditional knowledge and art forms (such as navigation and kapa/dye making)
+ youth outreach (`opio)
+ mentoring and apprenticing (kupuna)
+ health
+ economic self-sufficiency

As a result of this increased cultural connectivity we enrich lives, raise awareness, and achieve soluti

Operating as usual


Ola! 💚
Mahalo Goodfellow Bros for all the mālama.

Exciting news! The Lahaina Banyan tree, a powerful symbol of strength, is displaying signs of regrowth! 🌱 Mahalo to our incredible team for watering, and all the experts looking after this magnificent tree!

Photos from U.S. Forest Service-Santa Fe National Forest's post 05/16/2023

Celebrating our heritage:
meet Marley Puanani Waikiki Santiago Ghant

“Trying to do the work of all our peoples, mālama 'aina style here in these sacred spaces of Nuevo Mexico. So proud, honored and humbled by the resilience, resistance and perseverance of these Northern NM communities!

Mahalo for the aloha given to me as I learn and embody all things of the 'ea, wai and 'aina alike here on this continental span that is across the great expanse makai and mauka. Me ke aloha wau iā kākou!”


Uniquely Hawaii, May 1st: May Day is Lei Day

May Day/Lei Day became an official holiday in 1929. Lei Day celebrations continue today, marking the first day of May with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family.
Happy Lei Day! Aloha ʻāina.

(Aunty Amelia Bailey creating a beautiful haku lei. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.)


Aloha starts within each of us first. Perhaps that is the kuleana to focus on instead.

Aloha `āina.

The Kū Project


Tradition is repetition over generations… holding down the mat as the winds of change come blowing.


Mele Manaka time! Where will you be watching the livestream from?

Aloha pumehana kākou!

Watch the 2023 Merrie Monarch Festival Encore and live showings on K5 and at MerrieMonarch.com (link in bio)!

You can also catch on your TV’s streaming device. Download the HNN app on Roku, Apple TV or Amazon fire to watch.

Where to watch K5! Channel 6! Watch The Merrie Monarch Festival on K5 on Channel 6 on Spectrum, Hawaiian Telcom, Direct TV and Dish!  If you are using a broadcast antenna (Rabbit Ears) you can find K5 on Big Island and Maui on Channel 6.1 and on Oahu on Channel 13.2. You can also watch LIVE via livestream on MerrieMonarch.com, the Hawaii News Now Mobile App or by downloading the Hawaii News Now app on your smart TV’s device such as Roku, Apple TV or Amazon fire.

Television Channels:

• Spectrum: Channel 6 (Digital Channel 1006)
• Hawaiian Telcom: Channel 6
• Direct TV: Channel 6
• Dish: Channel 8

Over the Air (Rabbit Ears)
• Oahu:  Channel 13.2
• Hawaii Island (Hilo / Kona): Channel 6.1
• Maui: Channel 6.1



There are still a few tickets available.

Timeline photos 02/14/2023

Which one will you use today?

Happy Valentine's Day! We found these love-related phrases in 'olelo Hawai'i to use with your loved ones:

Hawaiian national women's soccer team to represent lāhui for the first time 02/04/2023

Hawaiian national women's soccer team to represent lāhui for the first time The best in Hawaiʻi high school girls soccer will be on display this week at the state championship tournament on Oʻahu. Among these top players are members of the first-ever Hawaiian Women’s National Team, which will represent Hawaiʻi in an international competition this summer in New Zealand....


Good idea in using ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in this ad.

Timeline photos 01/24/2023

Local lifeguard wins the Eddie Aikau surfing event !

A 27-year-old lifeguard from the North Shore of Oahu competed on Sunday during breaks from his day job in one of the world's most prestigious surf competitions, The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. And he won.

“I’ve got to get back to the tower,” the lifeguard, Luke Shepardson, said after a brief celebration following his win. Read more:

USA Today warns against 'culturally sensitive words' like aloha 01/19/2023

Is aloha overused / used incorrectly by non-Hawaiʻi people?
When does it cross the line into cultural appropriation?
Aloha is a foundation of Hawaiian culture.

USA Today warns against 'culturally sensitive words' like aloha USA Today published an article Friday wondering, "Is it time to stop saying 'aloha' and other culturally sensitive words out of context?"

Photos from PAʻI Foundation's post 01/18/2023


Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022 10/11/2022

Indigenous People’s Day:
14 states, more than 130 cities, and growing numbers of school districts celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day.

Aloha 'Āina

Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022 From reading Indigenous authors to exploring Native plants, these activities suit everyone in the family


The Other July Holiday:
“I’ll tell you one holiday that was scratched off the books, probably right after the overthrow but certainly by the time the republic was set up in 1894,” says Manu Boyd. “It’s La Ho‘iho‘i ‘Ea.”

He calls it the “other” July holiday, the day that sovereignty was restored to the Hawaiian nation after an unauthorized takeover and five-month occupation led by a rogue British naval officer in 1843.

To resolve a dispute over land, Captain Lord George Paulet threatened to attack Honolulu, and in the process claimed Hawai‘i for Britain. The Crown responded by sending Rear Admiral Richard Darton Thomas, who restored power to Kamehameha III on July 31, 1843.

A phrase from Kamehameha III’s speech that day eventually become the state motto of Hawai‘i: “Ua mau ke ‘ea o ka ‘aina i ka pono,” usually translated as “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

Before it was banned, Restoration Day was lavishly celebrated. On its fourth anniversary Kamehameha III hosted a legendary lu‘au for twelve thousand guests, which so far as anyone knows is the largest in Hawai‘i history.

Thrum’s Hawaiian Annual of 1930 recounted the numbers: four thousand horses, one thousand horsewomen and 2,500 horsemen were among those who gathered at Kaniakapupu, Kamehameha III’s summer home in Nu‘uanu. The preparations claimed 271 pigs, 602 chickens, more than a thousand salt fish, four thousand taro corms and staggering quantities of other foods, with hula and chanting in abundance.

After 1893 the holiday faded from cultural memory, and Restoration Day went mostly unremarked until Hawaiian independence activist Kekuni Blaisdell resurrected La Ho‘iho‘i ‘Ea in 1985, in the wake of the Hawaiian Renaissance that began in the mid-1970s.

Today observers commemorate Hawaiian independence with Hawaiian games, crafts, speeches, entertainment and food booths each July 31 in Honolulu’s Thomas Square, named for the admiral who returned power to Kamehameha III.

(From "Hana Hou" Magazine, Hawaiian Airlines, Vol. 15, no. 6
Dec. 2012 / Jan. 2013)


Roll call…
Where were you born and raised?


Great news…. Congratulations!

Hikaʻalani has been awarded $25,000 from the Telling the Full History Fund!

Funding will support the first year of "Ulupō as Told by the Kupa ʻĀina", a two-year project that will interpret and preserve the integrity and unique cultural history of Ulupō, Kawainui in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua.

Hikaʻalani will be working with cultural practitioners and artists to create and install appropriate, accurate signage at Ulupō Heiau, with QR code access to a website with indigenous stories of significant sites in Kailua. All who visit the sacred site of Ulupō and/or the new website will be enriched with deeper knowledge and native perspectives.

This project will be undertaken in partnership with the nonprofit Kauluakalana, the Windward YMCA, and Hawaiʻi State Parks Division of the Department of Land & Natural Resources.

Hikaʻalani is one of 80 organizations that received $25,000 or $50,000 grants to interpret and preserve historic places of importance to underrepresented communities. Telling the Full History grants support the core activities of humanities-based organizations as the organizations recover from the pandemic and use historic places as catalysts for a more just and equitable society.

Telling the Full History Preservation Fund is a grant program from and made possible through the American Rescue Plan Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations. Forum.SavingPlaces.org/tellingthefullhistoryfund


Uniquely Hawaii, May 1st: May Day is Lei Day

May Day/Lei Day became an official holiday in 1929. Lei Day celebrations continue today, marking the first day of May with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family.

Happy Lei Day! Aloha ʻāina.

(Aunty Amelia Bailey creating a beautiful haku lei. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.)

Native Hawaiian consent needed for TMT, Canadian group says 05/19/2021

"Balogh said Canada signed on to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and that requires the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous communities for projects on their traditional territories."

Native Hawaiian consent needed for TMT, Canadian group says The organization that represents the astronomy community in Canada — one of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s international partners — has declared it cannot support the TMT unless it has the consent of Native Hawaiians.


Did anyone get to catch this exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian several years ago? What did you think?


Learn about Prince Kuhio’s legacy in Hawaiian history and culture. Aloha 'āina!

Photos from Office of Hawaiian Affairs's post 01/17/2021

Aloha ‘āina... until the very last.


Go check ‘um go! 🤙🏽💛 And if you are so moved, please kokua if can.

We are live-streaming tonight on the Kanaeokana and Hika’alani pages from 6:30-7:30pm.

Don’t forget to pick up your Hawaiian plate from Hale Kealoha at 120 Hekili St. in Kailua.

Pick up your meals and enjoy this amazing program!


Kalapaokanaka- Kanaka Rising
Virtual Fundraiser

Mele, hula, mo’olelo, and more!

Friday, October 23, 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday, October 24, 2:00-5:00pm

Hawaiian music by Robert Uluwehi Cazimero & Kuana Torres Kahele, Del Beazley, Manu Boyd, & Keauhou.

Hula by Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima

Moʻolelo by Nā Hua Kēpau

A cooking demostration with Aunty Tammy Smith of Hale Kealoha

Hosted by Māpuana de Silva and Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā

More information and link for monetary donations can found on our Hika’alani website. Link in bio.


Our vote is our spear. Aloha ‘āina!


Ono kine stuffs coming up! Go check 'um go.

October 23-24, 2020

- Hale Kealoha dinner pick-up (Friday only)
- Online Auction
- Zoom Livestream Events
- Music
- Hula featuring Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima

Kalapaokanaka- Kānaka Rising

Ka-lapa-o-kanaka is the name of the mākāhā of Kawainui fishpond at Waiʻauia; its literal meaning is “the leaping-up of man.” Samuel Keko’owai tells us that Pākuʻi, the pond keeper, leaped to dry land here from the slippery back of Hauwahine. Kalapaokanaka is also where Kahinihini’ula set up the Mākālei branch and called the fish of Kawainui and Ka’elepulu back to him after a three year absence. To know and say the name Kalapaokanaka is to recognize that, like Pākuʻi, we must rise to an older, more sure-footed understanding of our home and its guardians so that we, in turn, can call the fish back to our ponds and prosperity back to our ʻāina.

Photos from Kauluakalana's post 05/27/2020

Ke aloha pumehana... their representation of aloha 'āina will guide this haumana for the rest of my days.

Timeline photos 04/02/2020


Ola nō i ka pua o ka ʻilima


Aloha kakou!💛

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