Ku‘i for a Cause with the Pōpolo Project


Mahalo to everyone who came to Kuʻi for a Cause, a monthly fundraising event hosted by Hawai‘i People’s Fund with Hui Aloha ʻĀina Momona that supports a new community organization each month. We are so grateful for the community that came to support the Pōpolo Project and for the team that made it possible.

Flux Hawai‘i : Tribes

A Honolulu-based collective shares the complex diversity of what it means to be Black in Hawai'i and the larger Pacific. Video by Flux Hawaiʻi.

The Pōpolo Project is featured in volume 8, issue 2 of Flux Hawaii magazine, where artist Nicole Maileen Woo graces the cover in a stunning portrait captured by Chris Rohrer. Inside, through a series of portraits, we share about our collective and individual processes for exploring Black identities in Hawai‘i via the Pōpolo Project.

The stories featured within explore the meaning of “tribes” in what feels like an increasingly polarized and divided society this year. How can they bind us together, what are their limits, and how can the disparate and overlapping tribes — of which we all belong — build stronger bridges to each other's communities across the islands?

Read “The Lineage of Language” by Kelsie Pualoa in full here. Photos by Chris Rohrer.

Juneteenth 2018

We celebrated Juneteenth 2018 in Queen Kapi‘olani Park with an afternoon of music and cultural arts from across the African diaspora. We created collages and contributed to a community quilt prompted by the question “what does it mean to be Black and free?” We stitched together the responses that came in text, in image, and in vibrant color. It was a beautiful afternoon spent with family and in community across generations, sharing food, laughter, and joy in the potential of being free.