In July 2018, 15 staff from the Ho’okua’āina ʻohana will embark upon a journey to gain ancestral knowledge and make connections with our brothers and sisters in Rurutu, a small island in French Polynesia. For 2 weeks we will be immersed with a people who still live and practice the way of their ancestors uninterrupted for over 2000 years. Their kalo traditions are almost identical to Hawaii. We go there in search of lost ancient knowledge and important cultural connections vital to us as we search the past to find answers for our future. We humbly ask that you support us on this journey. Click here to read more

Here are a few ways you can support:


August 25th, 2018 from 4pm-9pm

Come join us for an intimate evening at Kapalai and experience traditional South Pacific cuisine as we share our cultural exchange and adventures.

$2500 for a table of 10
Limited to 10 tables


Receive a year’s supply of kalo pa’a or poi (one 2 lb. bag each poi week).


Receive a Ho’okua’āina logo hat and canvas bag or shirt.

Rurutu 2018

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Donation Total: $2,500

Ho‘okua‘āina is providing you with goods or services in exchange for your contribution.

The IRS “value” of the dinner is $500 per table or $50/seat. The remainder of $2,000 is a charitable contribution.

The IRS “value” of the year’s supply of kalo pa‘a or poi is $275. The remainder of $225 is a charitable contribution.

The IRS “value” of the hat and bag or shirt is $40. The remainder of $60 is a charitable contribution.

Ho‘okua‘āina is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Federal Tax Identification #45-2517616). Your donation may be tax deductible as provided by law. Please consult with your tax advisor.

“I probably wouldn’t have graduated from high school if it weren’t for Uncle Dean and going to the lo’i.”
- Wyatt, Kūkuluhou Participant

"Not only is it [the lo'i] an escape from the chaos and displeasure happening behind the scenes in my life but a space for healing as well."
- Zach, Intern