Inspiration for starting the Hawai'i Club came from folks who attended Jake Shimabukuro's first concert in Raleigh in
February of 2006. Ten families signed up on a clipboard, indicating their interest in the formation of a Hawaiian club. The
families were contacted for an initial potluck to be held on May Day in 2006. Forty-five people came, bringing favorite dishes
of Hawai'i. New friends were made and stories were told; 65 people showed up the next month!
Within a few months a Steering Committee was formed to plan activities and events in response to the enthusiasm shown by
an increasing number of people.
By 2008 an official name had been selected: Ka Pu'uwai 'O Hawai'i
and the club was officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit. An annual calendar was established and 7 to 8 events
were planned to be held every year - including large events such as "Lei Day" and a "Hawaiian Christmas Party" - complete
with the "12 Days of Christmas (Hawaiian Style)". An "Annual Lu'au" was started in September, 2006 and has become
the highlight event of the year.
Over the years, members of Ka Pu'uwai 'O Hawai'i have shared Hawaiian culture and music with various community groups,
including long term care facilities, schools and libraries. Our mission statement states that Ka Pu'uwai 'O Hawai'i seeks to
perpetuate and share Hawaiian culture. This is our continuing mission and we count on current and future members to help us
build a strong and vital organization.