The program provided to the community needs funds to supplement rent for the space Ohana Dance Group uses to educate community members, conduct business needs, hold community events and store Hawaiian costuming.
Ohana Dance Group has recently started providing learning opportunities online through the Zoom application and social media platforms. These methods require internet, a device to interact with online users, and the online platform program expenses. Donations support the program in paying for these needs.
The program provided to the community requires maintenance of costuming at a level of quality that is respectful of the information and culture presented. In order to keep expenses low for the community donations are used to update the costuming.
Funds are also needed to provide the program teachers and leaders for the classes. We have a group of dancers that teach the classes. For the teachers' time we provide a small stipend. We also bring in specialized teachers in the culture and pay them to provide workshops for community members.
To improve the ability to connect with the community we spend funds on public advertising of our classes and opportunities to have our organization share with their programs.
All members of the Hālau(Hawaiian School) are volunteers. We require volunteers to lead and support each of the classes and as part of the board of directors.