While some of these organizations were created to educate, promote and encourage awareness of Pacific Island cultures, some are just for fun! Either way, these groups help you meet other Pacific Islanders throughout Southern California.
(listed alphabetically by group name)
- Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity (CHE’LU)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: CHE’LU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in San Diego County established in 2005 to highlight the unique Chamorro culture and its indigenous people. CHE’LU is dedicated to the Chamorro community by preserving Chamorro language, culture and health through education.
- Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
- Address: 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 482-4723
Contact: Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director
Description: EPIC was founded in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander professionals based in Southern California. EPIC serves the community through its empowerment of leaders through civic engagement and leadership development; its search for research opportunities that generates data voicing the needs in the NHPI communities; and its development of advocates and advocacy tools and continued advocacy at the local and national level.
- The Hawai`i’s Daughters Guild
- Contact: Membership Committee Chairwoman, Ho`oulu Tawa
Description: The Hawai`i’s Daughters Guild‘s mission is to promote and preserve the cultural values of the Hawaiian race through the development and practice of distinctive Hawaiian crafts and talents handed down for generations and to further the education of deserving young Polynesian women through an annual scholarship program.
- Hawaii Golfers of Orange County
- Address: 26542 Meadow Crest Dr., Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 348-2621
- HICCSC – Hawaiian Inter-Club Council of Southern California
- Address: 12534 Valley View St. #343, Garden Grove, CA 92845
- Ho’oilina Foundation
- Contact: Alvin Goya
Phone: (562) 762-6099
Description: The Ho’oilina Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation whose mission is to establish and conduct a cultural, educational and recreational enterprise that promotes, supports and perpetuates the Polynesian culture, practices and traditions. The Ho’oilina Foundation provides grants, scholarships and/or resource assistance to support groups and individuals of California who are continuing the Polynesian culture through art, music, dance, education and recreation.
- Hui O Hawai’i of San Diego
- Address: 752 Grand Ave., Spring Valley, CA 91977
Phone: (858) 336-3769
Contact: Elizabeth Ah Nee, 1st Vice President
Description: The Hui O Hawaii of San Diego was founded in 1969 for the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of Hawaii. We are like-minded people, creating and fostering a spirit of Aloha between the local community of San Diego and the people of Hawaii. We take an active interest in the civic, social and moral welfare of the local community, and uniting its members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
- Kama’aina Club of Orange County (KCOC)
- Address: 201 S Brookhurst St., Anaheim, CA 92804
Phone: (714) 675-0989
Contact: Ben Skolnik, President
Description: The Kama’aina Club of Orange County (KCOC) was established in 1969 with the sole purpose of bringing Hawaiians together. By doing so, they would be able to share the Aloha spirit and pride of the islands.
- Kulia i ka Punawai
Kumu Hula Association of Southern California
- Email: email@example.com
Description: Kulia i ka Punawai is a non-profit 501(c)2 organization dedicated to the perpetuation of hula, and professionalism in hula practice. Our members are kumu hula (master hula instructors) of halau hula (hula schools) that span Southern California from Ventura to Chula Vista.
- Na Koa Kai Canoe Club, San Diego, CA
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 721437, San Diego, Ca 92172
Description: Founded by Uncle Gus Cervantes in 2008, this Hawaiian outrigger canoe club is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture and fostering a lifestyle of fitness through competitive outrigger canoe racing.
- National Pacific Islander Educator Network (NPIEN)
- Address: 4425 Pixie Ave. Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone: (562) 496-2319
Description: NPIEN is a Pacific Islander education organization that serves the Pacific Islander community. Although our particular focus is on Pacific Islander students, we will help any student or community pursue their educational goals.
- OCAPICA – Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance
- Address: 12900 Garden Grove Blvd., Ste. 214A, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Contact: Jason Lacsamana
Phone: (714) 636-9095
Fax: (714) 636-8828
- Pacific American Community Cultural Center (PACCC)
- Email: info@PACCCenter.org
Description: The Pacific American Community Cultural Center (PACCC) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a vision is to become a multi-cultural hub, social center, and public charter school in Southern California serving Pacific American Communities and the general public.
- Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP)
- Address: 1505 East 17th Street, Suite 117, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 401-1785
Description: Since 2003, Pacific Islander Health Partnership has served indigenous Native Hawaiians Pacific Islanders (NHPI) to outreach, educate island communities, train leaders, engage island communities in community based participatory research (CBPR), provide scholarships, advocate and build community capacity for health for all islanders to reduce health disparities in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other chronic illnesses that disproportionately affect PI communities, with special programs for island seniors and youth.
- Tongan Community Service Center
- Address: 13030 Inglewood Ave #104, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 679-9899
Description: The Tongan Community Service Center’s mission is to provide dignified human services to the Southern California Tongan community and to empower the community to itself engage and resolve the critical issues of poverty, education, immigration, health, and violence.