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.

A private, nonprofit organization that serves the best interests of Native Hawaiians for the purpose of planning, conducting, or administering programs (or parts of programs) for the benefit of Native Hawaiians.”

  –§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),  Irwin K. Cockett, Brigadier General,  U.S. Army, (retired), and Alvin Pauole, Captain, US Navy (retired).

  • Provider of leadership development for emerging Pacific American youth;
  • Research Center on Native Hawaiian community needs;
  • Census data center;
  • Supporter of Native Hawaiian art and culture.
PAF Projects and Programs in Service to Community for Two Decades

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