We teach through the eyes, heart, and soul of our Kupuna.
We are passionate about education and culture.
We are honored to train teachers.

We empower children to be resilient and responsible.
We recruit and train emerging leaders.
We cultivate servant leaders.

We inspire good stewardship by doing.
We are humbled to serve.
We thrive on the opportunities to partner.

We live aloha.
We are the Pacific American Foundation.

Our Mission 

To promote systemic change in the educational system that preserves and perpetuates traditional ways of knowing through culture-based education which enhance the rigor, relevance, and relationships for students and life-long learners.


A Native Hawai’ian Organization, recognized by Hawai’i Governors since inception.

  –§9212 of the Native Hawaiian Education Act (20 U.S. 7912)


Founded in 1993 
by Kamehameha Schools alumni, David E.K. Cooper, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, (retired).

Moonlight Concert Series, July 19th

Pacific American Foundation presents
“Kanikapila O Mahina” A Moon Light Concert Series.
An evening of Mele, Hula, Ohana, Aloha and Sunset Tour of the pond.

Walt Keale and Hawai`i […]

Kamalama Starts in July! Sign Up Now!

Aloha! PAF announces the start of our 5 year Kamalama Cultural Leadership to Job Placement and Systems Change Initiative.

This program is geared for high school graduates, 18-24 in the Windward […]

La Hana Community Volunteers Needed 6/25!

The Waikalua Loko Fishpond seeks volunteers for a fun and rewarding morning of community clean up of our precious island resource!

 Join Us!  Learn More! Register […]

PAF’s Herb Lee Jr. Receives White House Recognition

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, March 31, 2014, Herb Lee Jr. was honored by the White House among 10 community leaders who embody the spirit of Cesar E. Chavez’ legacy.  […]