Manuiki Foundation

 

The Manuiki Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity consisting of a vibrant all-volunteer community of committed and caring individuals dedicated to the preservation and perseverance of the Hawai‘ian culture. All donations are tax deductable.
 
12610 Des Moines Memorial Drive
Suite #106
Burien, WA. 98168

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KALEI KAHALA "HEAL MY HEART" AWARD


Before his passing in December of 2013 Kalei had been a vital part of the Manuiki Foundation and the Aloha `O Nā Kūpuna Festival from its beginning in 2007. To honor his life and his many contributions we have added his name in loving memory (he ho'omana'o aloha) to the Heal My Heart award given every year at the Aloha `O Nā Kūpuna Festival.

The first "Heal My Heart" award evolved as an act of compassion for a community member who needed heart surgery. Not only was that member suffering the physical aspects of a failing body, he and his family were suffering from the trauma of being without a source of income because of his illness.

Every year since its inception we have given a "Heal My Heart" award to someone who needed financial assistance. The recipient is chosen in private by referrals from foundation members or associates. Recipients may use the award for whatever need they may have during their crisis such as help with medical expenses, housing, food, etc. Over the years we have expanded the reach of the award to include organizations who may have needs in their outreach to members of the community. Our 2013 award was given to the Highline Medical Center because of the exceptional care they offered to one of the members during his last days.

The "Heal My Heart" award is funded from raffles, individual contributions and other fund raising events through out the year.

*Kaona - The Hawaiian language has more words with multiple meanings than almost any other language. Understanding the kaona of the language requires a comprehensive knowledge of Hawaiian legends, history and cosmology. So it is with the name of this award. Although the name of this award is in English, the phrase "Heal My Heart" takes on new meaning as we realize the phrase can be interpreted to have many meanings. Not only can we offer a gift (or makana) of love, compassion and monetary value, we also can receive the same simply by participating in its continued existance. We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together we will exist, and forever we will re-create each other. When you accept this gift from us you give back to us an even greater gift.

 

Kalei
Heal My Heart Award Winners

Year Past Recipients
2011 Jean Cabunoc
2012 Kalei Kahala
2013 Highline Medical Center Foundation
2014 Festival was not held
2015 Festival was not held
2016 Lu Awa‘a - to help her get her roof repaired

 

2015 - 2016 HEAL MY HEART / Kalei Kahala Memorial Fund
MY ROOF NEEDS HELP

Thanks to the generous support of the following people, groups, businesses and organizations we exceeded our goal of $4000!!!

Ku'ulei Kauanoe $100.00
Kristin Helberg $50.00
Slack Key Nov 2015 Town Hall $11.00
Kauai Family Donation Jar $32.00
Tiki Hut Donation Jar $155.10
Sheila Vortman $100.00
Leilani Lovell $50.00
Halau Hula `O Lono $171.06
Anonymous Donor $220.00
Moana Kokame $50.00
Ben & April Baker $260.00
Mike And Erma Kuenzli $60.00
Manuiki Foundation $1,000.00
Ginger Place Donation Jar $410.00
Pacific Island Creation $100.00
Janet Yasue $100.00
The Kalalau `Ohana $300.00
DJ Mark $100.00
Greg Glandon $25.00
Emma and theSarono Family $1,400.00
Leilani And Bob Vaughn $400.00
Mc Lendon Hardware $30.00
Lu Awa‘a, a senior on a fixed income who lives in Lakewood, WA has urgent need of roof repair on her house. A temporary repair made several years ago has failed and now there is water damage in the ceiling in one of her bedrooms as well. A contractor / roofer friend, Mr. Ninyo Estores of P.O.I Construction will be supplying the labor pro-bono however that leaves the purchase of the roofing supplies. They are estimated to cost between $3,000 - $4,000. With winter rains as bad as they have been this year the situation has become critical.

Lulu Awa‘a is a member/director of Moku‘aina Hawai‘ian Civic Club and has been instrumental in Aha Mele, a Hawai‘ian Music Festival. She has also helped with “Live Aloha.....A Hawai‘ian Cultural Festival” at the Seattle Center since its inception. She is one of the reasons it has been such a success! Her husband was Staff Sergeant  Sam Awa‘a. Sam spent 24 years on active duty in the US Army including a combat tour in Vietnam and was buried with military honors on January 20, 2013. Sam was honored as the Kupuna Entertainer of the Year in 2012, the very first time this award was given at the ALOHA ‘O NĀ KŪPUNA FESTIVAL sponsored by Halau Hula ‘O Lono. Please help us with helping repay them both for all of their service to the NW Hawai‘ian community.

Donations can be made to the Manuiki Foundation, 12610 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Suite #106 Seattle, Washington 98168. Thank you for your support. For information contact:

Remember: ‘A Awe O Lehulehu Lei Ulana Pu Ia Ho‘onui Ikaika Nui Alaila Ekahi Awe Ia Lei - A strand of many leis weaved together is more powerful than one lei.

 

E lawe i ke a'o a malama a e 'oi mau ka na'auao!

Take what you have learned and apply it and your wisdom will increase.. It is a reminder to us that when we learn and gain 'ike, we have a kuleana, a responsibility to apply, to use it, to share it with others.!