hale halawai
'ohana o hanalei



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 and for community engagement and actions to support social, civic and recreation events that perpetuate the value of aloha and the betterment of our community.
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."

“When you say this is the family center – it is for everybody, that is why we are here. I want them to get along, to learn how to live with each other … it doesn’t matter what nationality. Maybe here we can bridge over our differences. I would like to see that, and we need more of that in the world today.”

~ Aunty Kapeka Mahuiki-Chandler, a founder


KEIKI Programs

Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei hosts multiple children's programs throughout the year. 

Halele’a Cultural Exploration Program (HCEP)
5-6 week summer program
HCEP is an adventurous program that focuses on traditional Hawaiian values and various island cultural practices. Our mission is to create a fun 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. This excellent Hawaiian Cultural Exploration Program is held every summer for kids ages 5-12. Please note that kids MUST be at least five years old and have completed kindergarten to participate. 

Keiki Afterschool Enrichment Program
Monday - Friday 1-6pm for keiki in K-6th grade
This program provides a fun and structured environment focusing on  enhancing the school curriculum and physical education activities. The kids also participate in art, music and gardening. High quality tutoring and additional curriculum will be taught to help bridge the gap while children are receiving less in-person learning due to COVID-19. This program follows the DOE calendar and registration is done per quarter.

Fall, Winter, & Spring Break Programs
1-2 week programs
Grades K-2 enjoy Holiday fun, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, educational lessons and excursions to the beach and surf! 

We also offer an array of classes throughout the year. Laptops are available for class and individual use. Contact us at keikiprograms@halehalawai.org for more details. 

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Summer Program Registration
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Keiki Afterschool Enrichment Program
second quarter RegistraTion is open until October 4th

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Voted in the Top 5 Farmers’ Markets by Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards!

Enjoy delicious locally grown fruits & vegetables from Kauai North Shore farmers. The fresh squeezed juices, locally made honey, fresh-baked goods, salsa and other tasty treats highlight the culinary talents of the area. You will also appreciate and enjoy Kauai made arts and crafts created by talented, local artists.


Thanks to the Hawai'i Farmers' Market Coalition Mini-Grant Program from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) we are now able to accept SNAP/EBT benefits at our weekly Farmers' Market!

Check our story here

We also started offering Yoga classes at the Farmers Market, with Mary Susan Stults! Come check it out!

Saturday mornings from 10am to 11:30am at Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei Farmers' Market. 5299C Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI.

Suggested donation: $1-$25
Info: floatandflow@gmail.com

Event registration: www.eventbrite.com/yoga-at-the-farmers-market

Website: www.marysusanstults.com


Images by Ashley Guerrero

Images by Mark Jeffers and Rachel Goldberg

Every Saturday: 9:30AM - 12PM
(9:00AM Kupuna Shopping)

For more information about the market
 or becoming a vendor contact us at: 
farmersmarket@halehalawai.org or (808) 826-1011

facility rentals & info

Host your next event, class or wedding at Hale Halawai!

Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei offers beautiful facilities to host classes, meetings and events.  If you have further questions please contact us.

Wedding photos by: @surfandpineco www.surfandpine.com


Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei is a 501(c)3 Your donation is tax deductable.


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.   

Mail a check or money order to:
Hale Halawai 'Ohana O Hanalei
PO Box 822
Hanalei, HI 96714

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Music: Radio Hula - by Doug and Sandy McMaster



Events & Classes


Email: info@HaleHalawai.org
Office: (808) 826-1011
Online Text: ‪(773) 998-2504‬
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 822, Hanalei, HI 96714

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Community Center Office Hours: by appointment only
Farmers’ Market Hours: Saturdays 9:30am – 12:00pm (9am Kupuna shopping)
5299c Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei


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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 the north shore of Kauai.

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.

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 of our country’s largest companies. 

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.

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. 


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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.



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.  

 Gaylord Wilcox -  Susan Clair - Naomi Yokotake

Jack Kahalolani Hashimoto

Scott Robeson

Elizabeth "Kapeka" Mahuiki Chandler

Carol Ann Washburn

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