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 Hawaiian culture. All donations are tax deductable.
Manuiki Foundation
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650 S Orcas St
Seattle, WA 98108

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Mo‘olelo / Stories and Traditions


Kūnihi Ka Mauna

The welcoming kahea or calling performed by Aunty Manuiki Lono at the annual Bridge of Aloha Festival held on May 6, 2017 in the town of Ferndale Washington USA, just across the border from Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

Hawaii’s Rain Dancers Summon Storms On the island of Hawaii, the rain dancers of Waimea perform their art for the only audience that matters: their ancestors. When they call for rain and snow, they dance not to entertain, but to feed and nourish their land. Each performance is a physical manifestation of the spiritual world, a chance to connect with the natural land we inhabit. Practicing a centuries-old form of hula rarely seen in public, these dancers carry on generations of tradition with every graceful move and each handmade kapa garment.
Uncle George Naope Tribute Uncle George, one of the co-founders, along with Dottie Thompson, of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawai`i. Uncle George Former hula students and lifelong friends pay tribute to the late Uncle George Nā’ope, hula master and patriarch of the Merrie Monarch Festival.
What It Takes to be a Hula Champion Hula is a dance of illusions. Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition. Kayli Ka’iulani Carr, who is in her last year of eligibility for the contest, is trying to win the festival’s solo competition, Miss Aloha Hula. Does she have what it takes?
Telling Warrior Stories with Hula A common misconception about hula is that it's a dance tradition strictly for women. Nope. In ancient Hawai'i, men were the first to dance hula, and the best dancers were even chosen to become warriors. Today, Ke Kai O Kahiki—one of Hawai'i's most famous male hula schools—is carrying on this tradition by telling warrior stories with dance. To do so, dancers train in the same way as their ancient forbearers, using the land itself as a harsh and unforgiving gym. To dance like a warrior, you need to train like one.



2017-Merrie Monarch Festival Hi-lites

A quick glimpse at the 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival. Join us every year for the very best in Hawaiian Hula.

Taste Hawaii’s Famous Mochi Japan’s favorite, mochi, has become a Hawaii treat—at least in Nora Uchida's kitchen. Uchida, a third-generation Japanese-American living in Hilo, Hawaii, inherited her grandmother's mochi recipe and evolved it to include the colors and eclectic tastes of her beloved state. For the past 25 years, she and her family have owned and operated Hilo's last mochi storefront, Two Ladies Kitchen. If you can beat the line running out the door on weekends, you're in for a delicious, only-in-Hawaii treat.

‘Ike ‘ia no ka loea I ke kuahu