Hula Show and Cultural Program
The Napili Kai Foundation follows the philosophy of Auntie Emma Farden Sharpe, renowned Kumu Hula and a member of the first Board of Directors, who said: “Hula should be shared, not judged.”
Since 1966, the Napili Kai Foundation has strived to preserve the Hawaiian culture by passing it along to Maui’s keiki (children) through programs introducing them to the dances, language, history, arts and crafts of Polynesia.
Our program is open to keiki ages 5-18 and participation is free and is the only one of its kind that awards higher education scholarships to its graduates. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization and is financed entirely by private and corporate donations. The Foundation performs at hospitals, children’s organizations, homes for the elderly, schools, and festivals on Maui and on the Mainland.
Travel to the Mainland is provided every 2-3 years as a cultural exchange and educational opportunity for the keiki to both share the Aloha spirit and to learn of possibilities available to them outside of Hawaii.
The philosophy of the Foundation and its program is the belief that by studying Polynesian cultures, the children learn:
— Pride in their forebears and a respect for their wisdom;
— Commitment and confidence in mastering ancient skills;
— Cooperation and building teamwork and leadership skills; and,
— Building lasting friendships.
The Foundation’s program provides cultural experiences and workshops throughout the year.
A recent workshop was provided by Maleko Lorenzo, a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a crew member of the Ho’Kulea on its worldwide voyage. His presentation focused on celestial navigation.
Local and Private Shows/ Outreach
The Sharing of Self is the Essence of Aloha
The Foundation travels to the Mainland every 2-3 years as a cultural exchange and educational opportunity. The keiki are able to share the Aloha spirit with those who may not have ever experienced our show or even traveled to Hawaii. They also learn the possibilities that are available to them outside of Hawaii, with tours of local colleges and universities as part of the trips.
These trips are made possible by The Leila Cilker Travel Fund, fundraising by the Hui Makua Association (Parent Association) and Napili Kai Foundation.
The Foundation also performs at hospitals, children’s organizations, homes for the elderly and schools on Maui and on the Mainland.
Arrangements can be made for a private show. Please contact Kumu Hula Kathy Ralar for further information: Kathy@napilikaifoundation.org.
The sharing of self is the essence of Aloha.
Interested in becoming a Member?
The Napili Kai Foundation welcomes children ages 5-18 to participate in its program, the show, and cultural activities.
Participation provides free instruction, free use of costumes and implements, performing before a live audience every week at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, periodic excursions and trips, and the ability to apply for a scholarship following graduation.
The Foundation, in turn, expects good behavior, attendance at all practices, shows, and functions. Abiding by the rules of conduct, care of all costumes, receiving Hula instruction only from Foundation instructors and performing only at Foundation functions.
The Foundation also expects that the parents and/or guardians of its members assist their child in all aspects of membership, including transportation to practices and activities and assist in financial support as their situation permits.
For more detailed information on becoming a member, please contact Kumu Hula Kathy Ralar at: Kathy@napilikaifoundation.org.