Na Maka o Pu'uwai Aloha Foundation
December 15, 2018
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Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha translates to “Descendants of Generosity”. We are a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization located in Waipio Gentry, Waipahu, Hawaii. The organization was founded in 1999 by President, Mandi K. Scott. Our goal is to teach and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language through hula. We have since expanded our programs to include Polynesian (Tahitian and Maori), Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet dance classes. We welcome children and adults of all ages and skill levels to build self-confidence through these performing arts and what better way to do that than to actually perform!
We have had the honor of being able to share our talents with different communities in Hawaii, on the mainland and internationally. Our students have had the privilege of performing at various locations such as the Disney Theme Parks at Disneyland in California, Japan and Hong Kong, Orlando’s Disney World, Universal Studios in California and Orlando, the Tanabata Festival in Japan and various schools and senior centers throughout Japan and Hong Kong. While we believe in broadening our dancers’ horizons, we also firmly believe in the power of a good education.
At Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha we support and encourage higher education. Our studio’s annual Ho’ike is held at the prestigious Hawaii Theater and a portion of the funds raised benefit our qualifying graduating high school seniors with a scholarship to aide in their continued education. Along with education, we also remind our dancers of our mission to give back.
We serve our community by participating in various fundraisers such as the Relay for Life and Hawaii Food Bank food drive. We have also delivered Thanksgiving meals with Lanakila Meals on Wheels and conduct toy drives during Christmas to benefit the Kapiolani Hospital’s children’s ward. We also share our talents as we entertain at various senior centers on Oahu like Ka Puna Wai Ola and The Convalescent Center of Honolulu. It is of utmost importance to us that our students remember the value of giving back to the community, to those less fortunate than ourselves and to those who came before us.
Here at Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha we aim to provide a safe, enjoyable, non-competitive environment for students to express themselves. We welcome you to join our ohana and maybe, just maybe, find the performer hiding in you!
All ages permitted, but every child must have a ticket issued.