Founded in the spring of 1990, the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation is a Hawaiian cultural-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Established on the vibrant traditions and rich cultural heritage of the Kanakaʻole family, it is the Foundation's mission to elevate Hawaiian intelligence through cultural education founded on the teachings and traditional practices of Edith and Luka Kanakaʻole.
A commemorative quarter honoring the late Edith Kanakaʻole, venerated Hawaiian cultural icon, kumu hula, composer, chanter, and a key influence in the Hawaiian renaissance of the 1970s has been released into circulation by the U.S. Mint. Her designation as an honoree is an unbelievable honor for her family, foundation, and people. Featured on the quarter depicting Edith Kanakaʻole is the inscription “E hō mai ka ʻike,” which refers to the intertwined role hula and chants play in this perpetuation of Hawaiian knowledge systems.
The Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation is co-hosting the E Hō Mai Ka ʻIke Events in recognition of Aunty Edith's contributions and legacy on May 5th and May 6th. The May 5th Celebration will be held for the schools in Keaukaha community, offering workshops based on her teachings. The public is invited to the May 6th Celebration at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. More details can be found here.