Location: Hawaii

Grants Awarded: Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)

Grantee: Ko’ihonua
Project Description: The “Hui Kalai Kii o Kupaaikee – Training a New Generation of Practitioners” project goal is to increase the number of Native Hawaiians engaging in cultural practices. Primarily, the project will provide traditional apprentice-type training involving intensive interaction between masters, instructors, and students to support the continued perpetuation of the practice of kalai kii, or carving of totems. A total of 16 Native Hawaiian men between the ages of 18 and 35 will become apprentices/students on three different islands, which are O’ahu, Kaua’i, and the Big Island of Hawai’i. Because the cultural practice of kalai kii requires a considerable time investment to fully develop, the project will focus on a small number of individuals with the intention of raising their abilities to a level where they can begin providing for their community’s need and continue with the practice through service and teaching.

  • Location: Pearl City, Hawaii
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Social and Economic Development Strategies
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $343,560