Our Impact

As a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO), the Kinaʻole Foundation is controlled by Native Hawaiians and its activities principally benefit Native Hawaiians.

We Are A 501(c)(3)

EIN Number: 270287605


A movement dedicated to igniting global support by delivering a clear pathway for contributors to RETURN ALOHA for Native Hawaiians and the people of Lāhainā.  As days and weeks pass, the true extent of the ongoing disaster shall be revealed; leaving us with a monumental task that will last for years to come.  Join us in our mission of restoring spirits, reviving communities, and renewing lives for the Island of Maui. 


The Purpose of our Foundation

The Kinaʻole Foundation is organized to educate, advance, and promote the economic development for the people of Hawaii with Native Hawaiians as the principal beneficiary through educational and business development activities and programs.


Through public and private sector partnerships we offer mentoring, training, incubation and other innovative activities specifically designed to access established programs of the federal government through its departments and agencies.

Educational Endowment


The Na Koa Alii Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship grounded in the values and beliefs of the Royal Order of Kamehameha. It provides financial assistance to full-time post secondary students of Hawaiian ancestry who are pursuing a degree at an accredited vocational school, or a two-year or four-year institution.

The Order was established by King Kamehameha V on April 11, 1865 and named in honor of his grandfather King Kamehameha the Great. Today, the purpose of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I continues to unite in fraternal and benevolent work, men of Hawaiian descent, of good moral character, of sound bodily health: to cultivate the cardinal principles of friendship, charity and benevolence; to aid widows and orphans; to preserve and perpetuate the ancient culture, customs and traditions of Hawaii, uplift the Hawaiian people; infuse the spirit of patriotism, loyalty, helpfulness and kindness among its members; advance the interest of its members in every rightful cause, and to encourage and develop leadership.

Educational Endowment


King Lunalilo was the first of the large landholding alii to create a charitable trust for the benefit of his people.

The purpose of the trust was to build a home to accommodate the poor, destitute, and in-firmed people of Hawaiian blood or extraction, with preference given to older people.

Lunalilo Home


Educational Endowment


During COVID, many people lost their jobs. Some were on the verge of homelessness. Some actually lost their home.

We worked together with Helping Hands Hawaii, as well as individual families, to provide much needed rent relief to Native Hawaiian families. We helped over 30 families off-set expenses with our rent relief program

Educational Endowment


Since 2009, the State of Hawaii has been home to an annual canoe race to honor wounded warriors and celebrate their resiliency throughout their recovery.

On August 22, the Hawaii Chapter of the Association of the United States Army hosted the 6th Annual Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta at Fort DeRussy Beach Park.

“It’s a great event where our Soldiers get an opportunity and a lot of our leader’s come out here to spend time with wounded warriors, spend time with Gold Star Family members, spend time with our fellow comrades and people from the community,” said Col. Duane Miller, the 8th Military Police Brigade commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

Our annual donation goes towards the production of the award.

Educational Endowment


Kumu Hula Ka’ilihiwa Vaughan-Darval is only one of five women in the history of hula to hold both of hula’s most coveted titles. However, her crowning achievement is her most recent iteration as Kumu Hula who reigns over Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine.

She hails from an impressive lineage; Palani Vaughan is her father remembered as a beloved musician and historian and her mother is Ipolani Vaughan, a much revered and cherished kumu hula and Hawaiian language teacher. When Kumu Hiwa speaks you understand that she welcomes the kuleana of passing on what she knows to the next generation of knowledge keepers, her keiki hula dancers.

Our donation goes to support their journey to the 2023 Merrie Monarch Festival.

Halau Hula

Educational Endowment


FLUX Hawai‘i to produce and publish a library of longform editorial and short films in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i through the partnership.

HONOLULU — NMG Network has partnered with the Kīnāʻole Foundation to celebrate and promote ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i through longform editorial and video storytelling via FLUX Hawai‘i.

The partnership marks the continued commitment of FLUX Hawai‘i to produce ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i content after NMG initially enlisted the support of Google News Lab to hire the first Hawaiian-language editor working in contemporary media in late 2021.

Articles are produced in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i first and translated into English. They are published in the pages of FLUX Hawai‘i magazine twice a year, and on a dedicated section of FLUXHawaii.com, accessible to anyone here.

Together with Kīnāʻole, NMG will also produce short documentary style films based on each editorial feature, with select interviews conducted in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i. The films will debut on FLUX TV, and make their inflight premiere on Hawaiian Airlines to reach a larger audience.

Olelo Hawaii

Supporting Hawaiian 


One of the many programs offered by the Foundation to Native Hawaiians is the Veterans Entrepreneur Training Support (VETS) Program Workshop. We conduct these workshops across Hawaii to provide training that helps Veterans and Disabled Veterans become entrepreneurs.