Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei is a grass roots 501 (c)(3) organization founded by community members in 1993. Established out of a need for a gathering place on the north shore, Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei became the first privately funded community center in the state of Hawai’i. Our name translates to, "A house for the coming together of the extended family of Hanalei."
Our mission is to create and sustain a gathering place for cultural education, social, civic and recreational events to perpetuate the value of aloha.
Locally referenced as Hanalei's Cultural Community Center, our center serves as a venue for a variety of services, classes, programs, events, and Hawaiian cultural programs. Our programs help perpetuate traditional Hawaiian culture and the aloha spirit. Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei is dedicated to celebrating and increasing the resources of the people. Said best by Aunty Kapeka Chandler, "...it is a place for everybody."
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Halele’a Cultural Exploration Program (HCEP)
This excellent Hawaiian Cultural Exploration Program for kids ages 5-12 is held every summer.
Our program for the keiki (children) on the island of Kaua’i is an adventurous program that focuses on traditional Hawaiian values and various island cultural practices. Our mission is to create a fun learning experience as they learn the art of Hula, dance, music, crafts, health, recreation, and awesome excursions across the island on land and in our beautiful waters.
We also offer an array of classes through out the year. Laptops available for class and individual use. Contact us for more details.
Be sure to check out our calendar.
The facilities available for rental with a security deposit of $100, and an hourly fee of $25 are Hale Pohai Aloha, Uncle Jack's Place, and the Halau. The Halau is the open pavilion looking building. We also have the certified kitchen located in Hale Pohai Aloha. The security deposit is $100 and the hourly fee for the kitchen is $20.
Hale Pohai Aloha (not including the office side) can seat about 80-90 comfortably. Uncle Jack's can seat 50-60. The Halau has 4 picnic tables and can fit 30-40 people. The kitchen works well with no more then 2 people. Seating number depends on room configuration.
Hale Pohai & Uncle Jack's have pull down screens, restrooms in the buildings, covered shelter w/ walls. Uncle Jack's has a small kitchen but no refrigerator. Hale Pohai has the certified kitchen w/ a separate fee.
If you have further questions please contact us.
Together, with your help, we continue to bring the vision of Hale Halawai ‘Ohana O Hanalei into reality. Our purpose is to create and sustain a community center in Hanalei to provide family services and community activities on the North Shore of Kaua’i. We are 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your participation and contributions are greatly appreciated.
Checks are the most preferred method for financial contributions, because the full donation amount will benefit Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei. We do also accept donations online - just click the 'DONATE NOW' button.
Mail a check or money order to:
Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei
PO Box 822
Hanalei, HI 96714
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MAL DOHRMAN, BOARD SECRETARY
A retired attorney, Mal has been on the board of Directors of HHOOH since its inception. He enjoys helping to make this truly a community center for for the north shore of Kauai.
MINA MORITA, BOARD PRESIDENT
Mina Morita has called Hanalei Valley home since 1977 where she and her husband, Lance Laney, raised their two daughters. Now with four granddaughters, like all families worry about their children and grandchildren's future on Kauai. After retiring from almost 20 years in State government as a legislator, commissioner and administrator, she hopes to use her past experience to perpetuate the vision and mission of our kupuna to create a gathering place to help sustain and nurture our community.
BLAKE CONANT, VICE PRESIDENT
Born and raised in Hanalei, Blake left Kaua'i to attend Kamehameha HS and then on to Massachusetts, where he earned his BA in English Literature. He owned a computer retailing business for 10 years and after selling the business, worked for Hewlett Packard Co. where he worked as a corporate sales executive for some our country’s largest companies. He lives with his wife in gorgeous Wainiha Valley and currently works for the Cliffs at Princeville as the Ambassador of Aloha.
GAYLORD WILCOX, TREASURER
Gaylord Wilcox is the great great grandson of missionaries who taught in Hanalei in the mid-1800s. He is a part-time Kaua'i resident, spending most of his time in Honolulu. He attended grammar school in Lihue from kindergarten to 8th grade, and raised children in Hanalei from 1975-82. He is a former book publisher and current owner of Hanalei Center. In his free time, he is an avid outrigger canoe paddler.
Wicki Van De Veer retired to Hanalei after a career as a Social Worker and Administrator for the County of Santa Cruz, California. She also cofounded and served as Co Director for the non profit Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center which just marked it's 40th anniversary. She earned a BA in the Humanities at University of California Berkeley and a BA in Fine Art at University of California at Santa Cruz. She serves as a board member for HHOOH and volunteers as one of the art teachers for the Halele'a Cultural Exploration Program.
Naomi Yokotake is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and obtained her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She is the Kumu Hula of Halau O Hanalei, the Cultural Director at Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei and the creator of original Halele’a Exploration Program curriculum and remains active as the lead volunteer. She was employed as an elementary school teacher with the Hawaii DOE for over 30 years and is a founding board member of Hale Halawai ‘Ohana O Hanalei. She is also the Choir Director at Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church and past president of the Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Club.
NAOMI YOKOTAKE, BOARD DIRECTOR
WICKI VAN DE VEER, BOARD DIRECTOR
HANALEI HERMOSURA, BOARD DIRECTOR
Hanalei Hermosura was born and raised on Kaua'i. He owns a landscaping business which services the north shore community and he also works with his family's catering business. He is actively involved in the community through many venues, including coaching the youth at Hanalei Canoe Club for many years. He lives with his three children and wife in Princeville.
Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei started out of a love for the community and its people. We would not be in existence without the hard work and dedication from our founders.
Carol Ann Washburn - Gaylord Wilcox -
Susan Clair - Naomi Yokotake
Jack Kahalolani Hashimoto
Elizabeth "Kapeka" Mahuiki Chandler