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The Alliance Française was created in 1883 in Paris to encourage the propagation of the French language and culture and to foster friendly relations between France and the rest of the world. It is a non-profit organization exclusively for cultural purposes . The Hawaii chapter of the Alliance Française (AFH) is a relatively small but very active organization. Apart from special gatherings and fundraising activities, we offer three different conversation groups where members meet in a friendly setting to practice speaking French; luncheons featuring guest speakers who talk about some facets of the French culture; a biannual Immersion Day Program and more .

AFH was formed in 1961 and was incorporated in January 1962. Its goal is to encourage the study of French language and culture in Hawaii . It also encourages and funds programs to enable students and teachers from Hawaii to study in France or French-speaking countries. The AFH is managed by officers, elected for one year at the annual meeting by the Board of Directors. Directors and officers serve without pay. Committee chairs are chosen by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.