Folk & Traditional Arts

3 examples of `ie`ie weaving

`Ie`Ie Weaving, An Apprenticeship Project


The Folk & Traditional Arts Program was created in 1983 to: identify and document the diverse ethnic, cultural and occupational folk traditions in Hawai‘i; assist in the perpetuation of folk and cultural traditions in Hawai‘i; and promote public awareness of the beauty and value of folk and traditional arts in Hawai‘i and the importance of preserving Hawai‘i’s folk and traditional arts heritage.



Kapa by renowned kapa practitioner Marie McDonald

Kapa by renowned kapa practitioner Marie McDonald

Ka Hana Kapa, a documentary on the history of kapa in Hawai‘i, was recently produced
with funding by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Click here for information
about the film: Ka Hana Kapa.


Folk & Traditional Arts Grants for Fiscal Biennium 2016 and 2017


A group of Burmese performers doing thangyat, a traditional music form

Burmese Thangyat (Burmese Festival Song), An Apprenticeship Project


Apprenticeship Grants
The purpose of the Apprenticeship Grant is to help masterful teachers of the traditional arts share their knowledge in a deep and meaningful way with the experienced individuals who they feel are best equipped to carry on the tradition. Applications for folk and traditional arts that are relevant to Hawai‘i’s cultural communities are eligible. These cultural traditions and arts have grown through time and are actively practiced within Hawai‘i’s island communities. The teacher and apprentice must apply together as a team. Apprenticeship projects must be implemented in the state of Hawai‘i. An Apprenticeship project is an intensive one-on-one learning program of at least 80 instructional hours. The Apprenticeship teacher grant is $4,000 for each year of the biennium grant period. For apprenticeship teams that live on different islands, a travel grant can also be requested of not more than $2,500 for each year of the biennium grant period.

The application deadline has passed. Information is here for reference purposes only.

Apprenticeship Grants Application Forms


A group of students in a Tokelau language and culture class

Tokelau Language and Culture Class, A Culture Learning Project


Culture Learning Grants
The purpose of the Culture Learning Grant is to provide access to culture learning for cultural communities that have low participation in HSFCA programs. The Culture Learning Grant supports learning amongst children and families in the folk and traditional arts, cultural practices, language and history of their own culture. Inter-generational participation is encouraged. Culture Learning projects are to be implemented by eligible organizations in the state of Hawai‘i. Organizations must submit eligibility documentation and have at least one year of experience in programs in which children and/or families learn through hands-on experience about their own culture’s artistic traditions (e.g. song and music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, language, cultural history). A Culture Learning grant is $5,000 for each year of the biennium grant period.

The application deadline has passed. Information is here for reference purposes only.

Culture Learning Grant Application Forms


For more information about the Folk & Traditional Arts Grants, contact Denise Miyahana, Arts Program Specialist, via email at or call (808) 586-0771. It is strongly recommended that applicants discuss their proposed grant project before submitting their application.

Related Resources

Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
American Folklore Society
First Nations Development Institute
First Peoples Fund
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Kukulu Ola: Living Hawaiian Culture Program
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
Native Arts & Culture Foundation
Office of Hawaiian Affairs/Community Grants
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage