Napili Kai Foundation

Ka ho‘omau‘ana I ka ho‘olina mo‘aukala Hawai‘i ma o na pua o Maui

Our Mission: To perpetuate the cultural legacy of Hawaii through the children of Maui.

the longest running weekly keiki hula show

Our Mission: To perpetuate the cultural legacy of Hawaii through the children of Maui.

perpetuating the cultural legacy of Hawaii through the children of Maui

Ka ho‘omau‘ana I ka ho‘olina mo‘aukala Hawai‘i ma o na pua o Maui

Our Mission: To perpetuate the cultural legacy of Hawaii through the children of Maui.

Ka ho‘omau‘ana I ka ho‘olina mo‘aukala Hawai‘i ma o na pua o Maui

Our Mission: To perpetuate the cultural legacy of Hawaii through the children of Maui.

Napili Kai Foundation

Napili Kai Foundation Produces the Longest Running
Weekly Keiki Hula Show in the State of Hawaii

 The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) organization and the only one of its kind that provides higher education scholarships
to its member graduates. Over the past twenty years, these scholarships total well over $230,000.

SHOW UPDATE

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the weekly show at the Napili Kai Beach Resort has been cancelled effective March 15, 2020.  This is the first time in the 54-year history of the Foundation that this has occurred, in spite of our motto:  “the show must go on.” We look forward to welcoming you back to our show as soon as possible, and until then …“mau no ka hana! … work goes on, work continues.”

Napili Kai Foundation Maui Hula Show and Scholarship Program

THE SHOW

The children of the Napili Kai Foundation perform traditional hula, Tahitian and a variety of dances from other Polynesian islands. Accompanied by a live band and led by Kumu Hula Kathy Ralar, the keiki performers dance, chant, story tell and sing their way into our hearts with the stories and songs of Polynesia. READ MORE >

Napili Kai Foundation Maui Hula Show and Scholarship Program

THE PROGRAM

The philosophy of the Foundation and its program is the belief that by studying Polynesian cultures the children learn: respect for their kupuna (forebears); commitment and confidence in mastering ancient skills; cooperation and building teamwork and leadership skills; and, building lasting friendships. READ MORE >

Napili Kai Foundation History

HISTORY

When the Napili Kai Beach Resort opened in 1961, it had only 12 rooms on one acre of beach front property on Napili Bay, Maui. Resort guests traveled on an old dirt road 10 miles north of historic Lahaina Town. The employees were all neighbors who treated the guests as family.
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Napili Kai Foundation Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Napili Kai Foundation scholarship program provides financial aid to high school graduates who are seeking self-improvement through education. Recipients are graduates of Napili Kai Foundation or children of longer term Napili Kai Beach Resort employees.
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“Be prepared to lose your heart as the children present an
authentic keiki hula show each Tuesday night”

– Hawaiian Tourism Authority

See what’s happening with Napili Kai Foundation

Browse our posts about recent scholarship recipients and community events.

New video of Maui hula students on summit of Haleakala

Kumu Kathy Ralar, in association with Maui hula teachers and their students, have prepared a video performance to a chant composed by Kekuhi Kanahele about Haleakala.  This amazing video includes our senior dancer, Namahina Kawabata, Kathy’s granddaughter, dancing at...

2020 Napili Kai Foundation Scholarship Awards

The Napili Kai Foundation awards $32,500 in Higher Education Scholarships The 2020 scholarship awards were presented to Foundation graduates and Napili Kai Beach Resort employee children.  Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded $268,500 in scholarships.  These...

Rotary Club of Lahaina Donated to the Foundation

The Rotary Club of Lahaina recently gifted $500 to the Napili Kai Foundation (NKF), a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1966. The foundation strives to preserve Hawaiian culture by passing it along to Maui’s reiki 6-18 years of again. Foundation programs...

Time for Kids Article on Kathy and the Foundation

  Or Article Featured on Time for Kids Meet Abby Rogers, one of the 10 outstanding kids selected to be a TFK Kid Reporter this school year. Abby is 10 years old and lives in Lahaina, Hawaii. She likes to free-dive in the ocean, and her biggest pet peeve is...

Cultural Workshop in Celestial Navigation

Guest presenter, Maleko Lorenzo, a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and member of the Ho’Ku’lea, the outrigger canoe that completed a worldwide voyage, discussed the basics of ancient star navigation to our keiki members, family and friends.  As a result of...

COVID Creates the Need for New Teaching Methods

Our terrific Kumu (Kathy Ralar, Kalei Jaramillo, and Rance Villarimo), along with other hula teachers in the State, have become proficient in the art of teaching hula through video conferencing.  The Kumu prepare videos of themselves teaching new chants and dances and...

Daryl Fujiwara

2001 Graduate Alumni

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