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At Kanaka Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering Native Hawaiians and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the islands. As a non-profit organization deeply rooted in the community, we are committed to addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by Native Hawaiians while fostering pride, resilience, and self-sufficiency. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to honor the traditions of our ancestors and create a brighter future for generations to come.

Our Mission: At Kanaka Foundation, our mission is to empower Native Hawaiians to thrive in all aspects of life while promoting the preservation and celebration of our cultural heritage. We are dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging, pride, and self-determination among Native Hawaiians, enabling them to reach their full potential and contribute positively to their communities and the world.

Core Values:

  • Cultural Preservation: We are committed to preserving and perpetuating the cultural traditions, language, and practices of Native Hawaiians, ensuring that they remain vibrant and relevant in the modern world.
  • Community Engagement: We believe in the power of community and collaboration to effect positive change. We actively engage with community members, leaders, and organizations to address the needs and aspirations of Native Hawaiians.
  • Empowerment: We empower Native Hawaiians to take control of their own destinies through education, economic development, and leadership opportunities, fostering self-sufficiency and resilience.
  • Stewardship: We are stewards of the land, the ocean, and the resources entrusted to us by our ancestors. We strive to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations, practicing sustainable living and environmental conservation.

Our Programs:

  • Education and Scholarship Programs: We provide educational opportunities, scholarships, and mentorship programs to empower Native Hawaiian youth to pursue their academic and career goals.
  • Cultural Enrichment: Through cultural workshops, language classes, and traditional arts programs, we celebrate and preserve the unique cultural heritage of Native Hawaiians, passing down knowledge and skills to future generations.
  • Community Development: We support economic development initiatives, small business incubation, and workforce training programs to create opportunities for Native Hawaiians to succeed and thrive in their communities.
  • Advocacy and Outreach: We advocate for the rights and interests of Native Hawaiians at the local, state, and federal levels, raising awareness of issues affecting our community and advocating for positive change.


Kanaka Foundation has supported several projects as below in 2023. We will continue to grow our support to similar and new initiatives in coming years. At Kanaka, we consider cash giveback as true giveback to our communities.No in- kind giveback is included in our reporting.


In 1976, ALU LIKE, Inc. received a $125,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans to begin the work of helping Hawaiians achieve their potential. Thirty years later, ALU LIKE, Inc. has grown into a statewide million-dollar service organization.

Kanaka is providing cash support to Alu Like,  to provide scholarship and other support to Native Hawaiians

Hawai'i Community Foundation

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation is a catalyst for change and growth in our island community. We have the privilege of working with individuals, families, businesses and organizations who are passionate about making a difference.

Kanaka is providing cash support to Hawai’s Community Foundation to provide scholarship and other support to Native Hawaiians.

Rent Support

When the fires in Maui, Hawaii, tore through the historic town of Lahaina in August 2023, 6,200 families were suddenly homeless, left to scramble for long-term housing through the sea of short-term rentals that have proliferated on the island.

Kanaka is supporting native hawaiian families with one year of 100% rent coverage; while the family focuses on rebuilding their lives.

Native Hawaiian Language and Cultural Support

Kanaka is a proud to support “Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha” with 30 iPad that will be used by students in home reading assignments. “Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha is located in Kekaha, a rural community of West Kauai that once was home to a thriving sugar industry. Now diversified agriculture, shrimp farming, the Pacific Missile Range Facility, and tourism are the employment mainstays of the area.KKNOK primarily serves students and families of the Niihau community who are living permanently on Kauai or who migrate between the two islands

Kanaka Foundation has also provided cash support to Halau Hula ka Lehua Tuahine in support Native Hawaiian Culture. To learn more about Halau Hula Ke Lehua Tauhine, please check link- http://www.hhklt.com/