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The mission of Ka Pu'uwai 'O Hawai'i is to nurture an extended 'Ohana (family) which perpetuates the culture of Hawai'i and shares the Aloha spirit with our community.

Ka Pu'uwai 'O Hawai'i literally translates to "Heart of Hawai'i" or "Hawaiian Heart." We are a club composed of people who share a deep love and appreciation of Hawai'i and its culture, people, and spirit. Most of us were previous residents of Hawai'i or have family connections there; other members just love Hawai'i. It's a wonderful extended family that has formed over the last few years!

If you're missing the islands and need some Aloha, you've come to the right place! Our events are held in the Raleigh/Durham area. We hope you'll want to join us and become a member of this great 'Ohana!

A Hui Hou!

Brief History:
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.

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2017 Events

Jan 28
Member Potluck:
Chinese New Year

March 18
Member Potluck:
Movie Night

April 29

Lei Day celebration

June 24
Member Potluck:
Kamehameha Day cookout

August 4-5
VA Beach PolyFest

September 9
Annual Lu'au

Nov 4
Member potluck:
Sushi Making

December 2
Mele Kalikimaka

"Great way to celebrate the (Chinese) New Year . . . ."

"Mouth-watering food; I ate far too much . . . ."

"Loads of fun; can't wait until we do this again . . . ."