"France is the most civilized country in the world and doesn’t care who knows it.”
- John Gunther
Founded in 1883 in Paris to encourage the propagation of the French language and culture and foster friendly relations between France and the rest of the world. It is a non-profit organization exclusively for cultural and educational purposes.
The Hawaii chapter of the Alliance Française (AFH) is a relatively small but very active organization.
AFH was formed in 1961 and was incorporated in January 1962. Our mission is to encourage the study of French language and culture in Hawaii.
Apart from cultural activities, special gatherings and fundraising initiatives, we also offer a range of conversation groups where members meet in a friendly setting or online to practice speaking French;
an annual Bastille Day celebration in honor of France's national Independence Day; a semi-annual Immersion Day Program and more!
We also encourage and fund programs to enable students and teachers from Hawaii to study in France or French-speaking countries.
AFH is managed by officers, elected for one year at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. Directors and officers serve without pay as volunteers. Committee chairs are chosen by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.