Mission: To preserve and perpetuate Native Hawaiian arts and cultural traditions for future generations.
About the Organization: The was established in 2001 as the 501(c)(3) arm of — a school of Hawaiian dance founded in 1977 by master teacher Victoria Holt Takamine — with the aim of maintaining a sustainable Native Hawaiian arts and cultural center in urban Honolulu. The organization operates the PAʻI Arts & Culture Center (PACC) but will be moving later this year to the new 6,000-square-foot , part of the 'Ola Ka ʻIlima Artspace affordable artist development project in Kakaʻako.
Current Programs: The PA'I Foundation's programs include ; ; the ; and the , a yearlong personal and leadership development program for artists, culture bearers, and other arts professionals recently launched in collaboration with , the , and the . The foundation also serves as fiscal sponsor for many organizations and collaborations working for Native Hawaiian social justice, Indigenous rights, and the protection of Native Hawaiian natural and cultural resources. In addition, the foundation co-sponsors, with and , the , featuring local Native Hawaiian artisans, designers, and cultural practitioners and performers.
Website: Visitors to the PA'I Foundation site can learn more about the new , check out , and browse photos from past . They can also become a , make a , and/or apply to volunteer for the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC), a traveling festival hosted every four years by a different Pacific Islands country that will be held in Hawaii in 2020.
Funding: The PA'I Foundation receives support from the Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima school, individuals, foundations, and government agencies.