The Alaka`ina Foundation is the leading Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-Owned Family of Companies.
The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms who are designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-Owned and fall into the respective categories of Small Business, 8(a) certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and HUB Zone.
Certified in 2004 as a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO), the Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies consists of Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kūpono Government Services, Kāpili Services, Po`okela Solutions, Kīkaha Solutions, and Pololei Solutions. Our mix of capabilities and procurement advantage present a strong tool set to the Federal acquisition community. These features create a total solutions package that is compelling and can support a variety of acquisition strategies Through our total solutions, the FOCs has performed on a broad range of mission requirements. Each company represents the cohesion that we bring, as One Team with One Mission, to each and every project, program, and contract we undertake.
Alaka`ina is a Hawaiian word meaning leadership. Our company name reflects both our Hawaiian heritage and our aspirations. By selecting a term that stems from Hawaiian language, we are celebrating a rich and respected culture and distinguishing ourselves as a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) small business.
Our purpose, our “Why,” is the Alaka`ina Foundation. We are an organization that has been long-committed to serving our federal clients’ objectives; we are also driven to give back to our communities. The goal of Alaka`ina 501(c)3 is to ensure that the young men and women of Hawai`i have the skills and competencies they need to be effective leaders. Alaka`ina is making this a reality by developing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science and technology, and environmental stewardship. Each member of the Alaka`ina FOCs is profoundly dedicated to the success of our customers as well as that of our charity.
We are committed to serving as a trusted partner on projects of vital importance to the Nation's defense and well-being. With the combination of our procurement advantage and total solutions, we can deliver superior customer service and ongoing excellence.
Partnering with other leading businesses is an element to our success. As One Team with One Mission, we augment world-class capabilities with our partners and ensure customers get the products, services, and support needed to meet critical mission requirements.
Join us and become a part of a winning team that does important work in support of our nation and its citizens.
Our Vision and Values
Our vision is to ensure customers achieve their mission objectives through our synchronized solutions.
Our values were born from Native Hawaiian culture and are prevalent in everything we do. In Hawaiian society, guests and strangers alike are welcomed with the spirit of aloha. Everyone has a responsibility to use his or her talents to the benefit of the entire `Ohana or family. We believe that `Ohana embraces not just our immediate family but also our companies, our customers, our communities and, ultimately—the reason why we do what we do—our charity, Alaka`ina 501(c)3.
What makes us different from other organizations is not only our NHO status—but what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. Our organization’s values are based on the following five principles: Ho`omau, Po`okela, Kuleana, Laulima, and Kūpono.
These five principles guide our relationships in our workplace and communities. They are the cornerstones of the FOCs and are critical to forming productive, long-term customer relationships; attracting and retaining talent; and contributing to the communities in which we operate. It is this aloha spirit—as much as our technical excellence—that is the foundation of our continued success and, ultimately, our charity’s success.
Ho`omau is one’s individual progress, despite any hurdles. Our personnel apply perseverance and endurance to achieve progress.
Po`okela captures our goal to strive for excellence. We target solutions and services of the highest caliber and set our sights to the highest level of achievement.
Kuleana is the act of viewing responsibility as a privilege and honor. No matter the level of action needed, we accept responsibility as a duty—not in pursuit of reward, but because it is the right thing to do.
Laulima, the spirit of cooperation, drives everyone in the Family of Companies to work together towards a common goal. Aside from internal project goals and our customers’ missions, our goal is furthering our awareness of our charity, Alaka`ina 501(c)3.
Kūpono demonstrates our uncompromising integrity. We strive to be fair and just in all of our relationships, both internally and externally. We always seek the just and decent path in dealings and decisions.
Vaughn Garner Akimeka Vasconcellos
Our leadership is committed to the fundamentals that have made us a success: superior customer service, open communication, ethics, innovation, and technical excellence. With a strong and well-established management team driving this vision, every employee is considered a leader. We encourage our diverse team of personnel to look for new and better solutions to customer challenges.