Our Work

Hawaiʻi Maoli provides fiscal sponsorship and project management to Hawaiian organizations requiring our specific set of specialized services. We have a keen understanding of the needs of our clients and have years of experience in successful partnerships that improve the lives of Hawaiians here in the islands and abroad.

E paepae hou ʻia ka pōhaku i paʻa maila ke kahua hale hou

We are a working board helping to support the building of a foundation which our people can create their futures upon. Hawaiʻi Maoli is humbled to serve our individual Hawaiian Civic Clubs, partner organizations and community groups.

The Connector

Hawaiʻi Maoli serves as a conduit bringing project stakeholders together. We work with service providers, sponsors, funding organizations and community groups to provide opportunities for growth and sustainability in our Hawaiian communities.

If you have an event that is happening between July 1 and December 30, 2016 that is NOT a fundraising event, you can apply for an Office of Hawaiian Affairs ʻAhahui Grant.  The application deadline is April 22 at 4 PM.

This is a terrific grant for a one time event that is community based and open to the public.  These activities must take place in the state of Hawaiʻi.

For more information, visit OHA’s grant page at http://www.oha.org/grants.

Hawaiʻi Maoli is available as a fiscal sponsor.  Please contact our Executive Director at (808) 394-0050 to find out more.

Creative Ways to Support Hawaiʻi Maoli This Month!

As we come to the end of 2015, we’d like to thank all of our volunteers and friends for your wonderful support throughout the year.  We have had a beautiful year, full of great partnerships and learning opportunities, and we look forward to sharing more about what’s coming up for Hawaiʻi Maoli in 2016.

There are a couple creative ways you can support Hawaiʻi Maoli this December, and we hope you’ll participate in one of them!

You can donate to Hawaiʻi Maoli at smile.amazon.com!  Do your holiday shopping via the link below, and a portion of your shopping supports Hawaiʻi Maoli!

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You can also nominate Hawaiʻi Maoli for a donation from Servco.  This year, Servco is giving away $25,000 to 10 Hawai‘i non-profits and we could be one of them!  Visit www.servco.com/thanks and submit your nomination before December 18.

On behalf of all of us at Hawaiʻi Maoli, mahalo for your support.

Mele Kalikimaka a me Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

Check out our Calendar of Hawaiian Events

To the right is a list of upcoming Hawaiian Events.

If you have an event related to Hawaiian Culture, and would like to list it on our events calendar, please send us the information. Email your event details to: info@hawaiimaoli.org , be sure to include all the details. ie. Event Name, Description, Place and address, Date, Time, Contact information, cost, photos, etc. Once approved, we will list it here and other sites that share this calendar. Mahalo.


Aloha ʻOe Bruce Keppeler, Hawaii Maoli Founder

It is with a heavy heart that we bid aloha to one of the founders of Hawaiʻi Maoli, Uncle Bruss Keppler.  In the words of Hawaiʻi Maoli’s Board President Rick Fernandez, “He was a great Hawaiian who did great things for his people including forming Hawaii Maoli.”  Services are pending and will be held at St. Andrew’s Priory.

Our aloha goes out to Uncle Bruss’ ʻohana – his voice and his manaʻo will be missed by all of us.


I am Hāloa

A feature length documentary about the staple food of Hawaiʻi; Kalo (taro) and it’s connection to Hawaiʻi’s culture.

I am Hāloa is a feature length documentary film about Hawaiian identity and culture, as understood through the story of Hāloa, the first Hawaiian person in the Hawaiian Creation Story known as the Kumulipo, and the traditional Hawaiian staple food commonly known as poi. This film tells the story of three Kamehameha high school seniors who are embarking on a journey of self-discovery as they travel throughout the Hawaiian Islands to gain a better understanding of their culture and to re-establish a link to the first Hawaiian, Hāloa. For 90 days they will commit to cultivating, harvesting and eating kalo (taro) for three meals a day. During these 90 days the girls will travel from Oʻahu to Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Moku o Keawe, Kahoʻolawe, and Lānaʻi to learn from some of the most inspirational leaders in Hawaiʻi about the past, the present and the future role that Hāloa could play in guiding the people of Hawaiʻi. I am Hāloa will explore the inherent values and conflicts that come with incorporating Hāloa into modern lifestyles and also the amazingly delicious new ways that this ancient, sacred food is revolutionizing cuisine in Hawaiʻi. These three young ladies will work with some of the top chefs in Hawaiʻi like Lee Anne Wong, Ed Kenney, Mark Noguchi and Andrew Le, to see how Hāloa is being incorporated into the menus of the most delicious restaurants in Hawaii. Read More…

Click here for more information about the project and how you can help support.

Aloha ʻOe Senator Daniel Inouye


Hawaiʻi Maoli was honored to be with Senator Daniel Inouye in August as we presented him with the Ka Mana O Ke Kanaka award.  In the words of our Board President, Ramsay Taum:

We honor the life and service of a man who has served the State of Hawaiʻi and its people in the United States Congress since 1959.  His courage on the battlefield may have earned him the Medal of Honor, but it is his “Hawaiian at heart” persistence, commitment and dedication to improving the living conditions of Kanaka Maoli and native peoples in America that has earned Senator Daniel K. Inouye our admiration, respect and gratitude.

I first met Senator Inouye in 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee at a Bureau of Indian Affairs gathering of tribal leaders from across the continent. I was there as the student-teen representative of a seven-person delegation from Hawaiʻi supporting the Senator’s effort to seek inclusion for Native Hawaiians in the Native American CETA program.  Not only did he succeed in that effort, but in the thirty plus years since, Senator Inouye has championed the causes and rights of Native Hawaiians and other first nations people across the country year in and year out. His accomplishments are unparalleled. Mahalo piha e Senator Inouye.  Rest well.  You will be truly missed.  Aloha!

2014 Hawaiʻi Maoli Annual Report


Please click on the sphere for our 2012 Annual Report.