Ke Kukui Foundation

Our Annual Main Events

3 Days of Aloha: DAY 1 & 2 Hula - Arts & Crafts Workshop

Thursday and Friday, July 26th & 27th, 2018
Clark College - Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington.

Hula dancers and crafters of Hawaiian arts pilgrimage from around the globe to attend this one of a kind workshop. With preeminent master instructors from Hawai`i, the workshop offers instruction on dance, language, oli/chant, mele, history, current Hawaiian issues, and cultural crafts. 


3 Days of Aloha: Day 2

Hapa Haole Hula Competition 

Hapa Haole Music Lives! Join us for a celebration of Waikiki’s wacky era of hula & music. In keeping with the hapa-haole tradition, all songs within each category must be sung in English and the theme of the performance must be about Hawai`i. Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the winners. Winning soloists and groups will be showcased at the following day’s Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival. For more information write to us at


Join us for kanikapila impromptu style hula along with a musician or two playing Hawaiian music. Food and drink available for purchase. Wear your best Aloha attire, feel free to get up and dance or play and enjoy the fun.  A fashion show with modern aloha fashion will follow. This is a FREE event! ALL ages.



3 Days of Aloha: Day 3
Aloha 5K Fun Run and the Ho`ike & Hawaiian Festival

Saturday, July 28th, 2018. Times vary.
Esther Short Park, 400 W 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington

Ho`ike & Hawaiian Festival
Over 10,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. Bring a low backed chair or blanket and enjoy the tropical festivities. We will have an accessible viewing area available to ADA guests sectioned off up front which will accommodate wheelchairs and higher backed seats.  Accessibility to this area is via the concrete pavement adjoined to the stage stairs.  This is a FREE event! All ages!



Past KKF sponsors include: Clark College, Kona Brewing, Aho Construction, Uwajimaya, Hawaiian Airlines, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Home Builders Escrow, Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, The Asian Reporter, Bank of Clark County, Marquoit Law, Vancouver Spine, Cascadia Women’s Clinic, as well as individual donors. Please contact us at for Sponsor or Advertising questions.


The Annual Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival has been nominated by the Clark County Tourism Commission for:

  • Spirit of Tourism Award - 2012
  • Most Outstanding Event - 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Most Outstanding Cultural Event - 2006

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Our Cultural Lu`au A Spectacular Experience


Each Spring, Ke Kukui sponsors this annual lu`au which brings a taste of Polynesian cuisine, music, hula, and Aloha spirit to a sellout crowd. From the impressive show by Kaleinani o ke Kukui to the delicious lu`au dishes, silent auction, shave ice, and raffle, this is an exciting event for all.



May Day Festival

In Hawai`i, May Day (or LEI Day as it's called) is celebrated throughout the islands with reenactments of royal pageants and floral garlands. Ke Kukui Foundation along with Kaleinani o ke Kukui and area halau hula recreate this joyous feeling of Aloha with the melodies of Hawaiian musicians, swaying hula, and the scent of fresh tropical flowers. Hawaiian food, a lei contest, Royal Court and raffle prizes round out this festively floral day.