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Music is a unifying experience that the world shares. It’s what unites us, it’s what makes us live in the moment together. We believe our mission is to share this experience with our community by providing access to the schooling, culture, creation, and performance of this art form. In respect to this, our non-profit organization has adopted the name “Kainga”: a Tongan word that means “extended family.” 

Kainga Music established its non-profit corporation 501(c) in 2014. Its mission and vision as an education platform is inherently tied to the shared human experience, uniting people from all walks of life in the culture, creation and performance of music, as a part of and resource for the community. Music is uplifting, healing and gives the opportunity for starting and strengthening the bond between people of different backgrounds, genders and ages. The featured instrument in the school, the steel pan, is played throughout the country of origin, Trinidad Tobago, in community centers called “Panyards” that welcome the variety of members in the surrounding neighborhoods to find a common place and common voice. 

Kainga Music’s Founder, Keli Ross-Ma’u’s vision for the school is for it to be modeled more like a Panyard. Keli chose the word “Kainga” from his Tongan heritage (descent), which means “extended family,” to help embody the intentionality of community building as the core goal of the school, with the learning and performance of music as an extension and expression of that shared bonding experience between the students and audience members alike.
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