Ke Kukui Foundation

 Building community and sharing have always resided in the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander culture. Ke Kukui Foundation continues this tradition through community events, education, music and the art of hula in Pacific Northwest communities throughout Washington and Oregon for future generations.

Aunty Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro

September 15, 1955 - October 9, 2017

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Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest

July 25, 26, 27, 28th, 2019
Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon

This annual event is our largest community program.  With na kumu (teachers) flown in from the islands, they share their knowledge of hula, history and cultural craft with (haumana) students who come from as far away as Maryland and Canada at the Hula & Craft Workshop.  Friday night heats up with the Hapa Haole Hula Competition featuring both local and national competitors. Saturday is the 5K Aloha Fun Run/Walk and all day festival where thousands gather to watch the haumana showcase what they learned, see the winners of the competition perform, and partake in the arts & craft, business and food vendors.   HAWAIIANFESTIVALPNW

Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award

ryan woods_logo.jpgThis award is given to a person who works each day to build and inspire a stronger Vancouver community. Who Is personally committed to inspiring positive change and celebrating all of the amazing things that Vancouver has to offer and Is responsible for a completed (or ongoing) effort that makes a notable difference in our community.  This year 2017, the award has been given to Aunty Deva Yamashiro. 


2017 Governor's Art and Heritage Awards

November 14th, 2017.  6pm-9pm.  Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington


We are honored to announce and celebrate Aunty Deva's winning this prestigious award for 2017. The Awards were established to recognize individuals and artists for their significant contributions to the creative vitality of Washington State. The award ceremony takes place on November 14th, in Tacoma, Washington and is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased HERE. 



September 15th in Vancouver, Washington is Aunty Deva Day.

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On September 11, 2017, Mayor Tom Leavitt of Vancouver, Washington proclaimed that September 15th (her birthday) would be known as Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro Day.  To watch the proclamation and the response of her sons and community members, click the link below.


The Halau Kaleinani o ke Kukui is the center of cultural knowledge and the most active fundraising entity for the Foundation.

Keep up to date on all things Hawai'i in the Pacific Northwest with the `Ka Leo o ke Kukui` Newsletter

Click to read the Latest Newsletter: 
Ka Leo o ke Kukui

Help keep the Culture Alive.

Consider a donation or sponsorship to KE KUKUI FOUNDATION.

HULA for all ages and genders
kekukui_hula.jpgHula classes for the spring have begun! For more information, please email:



Hula for Babies
Who: Boys and Girls ages 3 to 6

Hula for Beginning Keiki
Who: Boys and Girls ages 7 to 12

Hula for Advanced Keiki
Who: Boys and Girls ages 7 to 12 who have previous hula experience

Hula Beginning Adults

Who: Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) ages 18 and up with limited or no hula experience

Hula Intermediate Adults

Who: Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) ages 18 and up
with some hula experience

Hula Advanced Adults

Who: Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) ages 18 and up
with extended hula experience

Gracious Ladies Hula

Who: Wahine (Women) ages 50 and up

Our Business Affiliates

Each of our valued affiliates offers Ke Kukui Foundation a percentage of sales/proceeds if you purchase through these links.

Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping us earn a donation from Fred Meyer. Click the card above to sign up.  NPO is 82628.  Mahalo! 


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'Ohana in the Service


Son of Deva Leinani Yamashiro, Sgt. David Keawenuiaumi Tsutomu Holt, Squad Leader, Det. 4th Force Recon, has achieved his ambition to be the first person in his family to join the armed forces.


Mark Hogan is a keiki parent and spouse of hula sister Amanda and will be deployed this summer. 




Hula brother Pete Kepulekaneokealoha Fritsch returned safely from a year of service in Afghanistan. Mahalo nui loa for your service!

Danial_color.jpgDanial James Kalani Carlton is the nephew of hula Aunty Lollie DeBest and was injured in Afghanistan. We send our Aloha and mahalo to him and wish him a healthy recovery.