BENEFITING: Ho'olupa Hawaiian Culture Foundation
EVENT DATE: Mar 28, 2012
Ho`olupa Hawaiian Culture Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Hawaiian culture through music and educational programs, activities, research, and publications. As the name indicates, Ho`olupa's mission is to help Hawaiian culture to flourish.
We are a fairly new non-profit that started as an idea Pam Lindell, PhD and I (Patrick Landeza) had while driving around Sacramento. We thought, "wouldn't it be neat to create a non-profit where the main focus would be education and music."
Pam, a anthropology professor and myself, a former teacher/school administrator, felt this was the right time to do this. Now, eight months later, we have accomplished so much in such a small time. Funding ALL the projects ourselves, we've accomplished:
The Folsom Hawaiian Music Fest, several concerts featuring master artists from Hawaii, a free Hawaiian film series, Hawaiian blessing of Sutter's Fort with Kahu Dennis Kamakahi and Kahu Kawika Kahiapo, work with the California State Department of Parks and Recreation to install an exhibit at Sutter's fort honoring the Native Hawaiians who helped to build the fort, on going youtube series on the impact of Hawaiians in California, coordinating events with our kupuna in the Hawaiian community, providing olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language) classes at three separate locations in Northern California with Kellen Paik, award-winning Hawaiian artist and olelo Hawaii teacher, free Hawaiian music concerts on Moloka`i, and a Hawaiian Music and Cultural camp on Moloka`i.
We need help. We want to continue and expand our programming so that Hawaiian music and culture can flourish everywhere!
Born and raised in the Bay Area, I depended on our extended family to teach us all things Hawaiian. Through parties and family events I was introduced to the culture. As the uncles and aunties kanikapila (jam and sing), they would indirectly share the music with those that were willing to listen and appreciate, and most importantly, the stories of thier home gave us a better cultural sense of "belonging."
Today, the interest of all things Hawaiian has flourished and we hope to continue to share those same values and lessons learned from the kupuna.
We need your help. In order to continue our programming, we must fundraise. This is why we are here at Crowdrise. We would appreciate any donation and no donation is too small. Our goal is to do this online fundraising drive three times a year.
Pam and I believe we can make a difference in our communities, I feel we have a long road a head of us but with the help of your donations, support and prayers we can continue to have Hawaiian Culture flourish in our communities for years to come!