Ka Lama Mohala Foundation began with the objective of sharing and learning hula. However, it became very apparent that the native Hawaiian community in Utah needed more than what hula could offer. Ka Lama Mohala Foundation's Mission Statement is: To perpetuate the culture of the native Hawaiian people through the teaching and sharing of the hula (dance), 'olelo (language), mo'olelo (history), mele (music), and cultural arts, striving to exemplify the "Spirit of Aloha" in all that is to be done.
Ka Lama Mohala means "The Blossoming Light". The name was given to the founders by a Kumu "Olele (Hawaiian Language Teacher)here in Utah. The explanation of the name comes from a dream which she had that showed a hula dancer holding a makana (gift) in her hand and the brilliant light shining about her attracted many people to her dancing.
The logo for Ka Lama Mohala Foundation is the Pohuehue and the 'Ie'ie, which are both vines.
The Pohuehue vine lives and grows in the sand next to the ocean, and is so deeply rooted that even the tides cannot pull it out.
The 'Ie'ie vine repels all other vegetation around it. The 'Ie'ie also attaches itself to the tallest trees of the forest and s trives for the highest point to reach the sunlight.
The logo created by one of the founders explains that both vines together create a strong deeply rooted group.
Established in 2004, Ka Lama Mohala Foundation has grown and expanded its cultural and community service offerings to now include the establishment of the Hawaiian Cultural Center in Midvale, Utah. The Center was created and in May 2006 the doors were opened to the community.