Purpose

“The mission of Aloha First can be summed up in one word, education.”

We endeavor to stimulate and provide education consistent with this mission in order to bridge differences within the various societies of the Hawaiian islands. An educational program to address economic, social and cultural issues that presently face all inhabitants of these islands is currently being designed.

Aloha First is one of the original Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) working to Improve the Quality of Life of Native Hawaiians throughout all the Islands. Presently our focus is on the Islands of Oahu, the Gathering Place and Maui, the Valley Isle.

Originally established in 1993 by Dennis Bumpy Kanahele and officially incorporated in 1996 as a non profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), Aloha First works diligently to promote the Native Hawaiian culture and the values of Aloha. Native Hawaiians believe, that when you give Aloha First, everything else will follow. We are focused on restoring the trust once embraced by Hawaiians for Hawaiians and those who visit or make Hawaii their home.

The mission of Aloha First can be summed up in one word, EDUCATION. We endeavor to stimulate and provide education consistent with this mission in order to bridge differences within the various societies of the Hawaiian islands. An educational program to address economic, social and cultural issues that presently face all inhabitants of these islands is currently being designed.

Economic Development Education: The goal of the organization is to educateĀ  individuals who are presently unemployed or low wage earners to establish business enterprises. The program provides technical assistance, financing, workshop, and classes in micro, small and agribusiness enterprises within the community.

Social Development Education: This program focuses on educating low income individuals in the areas of health, housing, and education. Classes are given on a more healthy diet while reducing food cost. Assistance will be provided by the organization for placing homeless individuals. Information regarding low cost medical care will be provided while offering classes in alternative healing. Counseling assistance for families with children will be offered while encouraging children to stay in school.

Cultural Development Education: Classes are conducted relating to the Hawaiian culture, specifically classes in teaching the Hawaiian language, culture and the arts and in the Hawaiian art of self-defense.