Mission: To preserve and perpetuate Native Hawaiian arts and cultural traditions for future generations.
About the Organization: The PAʻI Foundation was established in 2001 as the 501(c)(3) arm of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima — a school of Hawaiian dance founded in 1977 by master teacher Victoria Holt Takamine — with the aim of maintaining a sustainable Native Hawaiian arts and cultural center in urban Honolulu. The organization operates the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center (PACC) but will be moving later this year to the new 6,000-square-foot PAʻI Arts Gallery & Performing Arts Center, part of the 'Ola Ka ʻIlima Artspace affordable artist development project in Kakaʻako.
Current Programs: The PA'I Foundation's programs include artists residencies and cultural workshops; intensive playwriting workshops; the Hapa Haole Hula Festival; and the Intercultural Leadership Institute, a yearlong personal and leadership development program for artists, culture bearers, and other arts professionals recently launched in collaboration with Alternate ROOTS, the First Peoples Fund, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. The foundation also serves as fiscal sponsor for many organizations and collaborations working for Native Hawaiian social justice, Indigenous rights, and the protection of Native Hawaiian natural and cultural resources. In addition, the foundation co-sponsors, with Our Kakaʻako and Kamehameha Schools, the Paʻakai Marketplace, featuring local Native Hawaiian artisans, designers, and cultural practitioners and performers.
Website: Visitors to the PA'I Foundation site can learn more about the new PA'I Arts Center, check out upcoming events, and browse photos from past events and activities. They can also become a member, make a donation, and/or apply to volunteer for the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC), a traveling festival hosted every four years by a different Pacific Islands country that will be held in Hawaii in 2020.
Funding: The PA'I Foundation receives support from the Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima school, individuals, foundations, and government agencies.