Welcome to Kerala Association of West Michigan

Kerala Association of West Michigan (KAWM) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization that caters to the social and cultural needs of the Malayalee Indians residing in West Michigan area, incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan. KAWM is a voluntary organization established to provide a forum to promote fellowship and goodwill among its members by upholding the culture and values of the Malayalee community.

KAWM organizes various cultural and entertainment programs throughout the year in order to preserve and promote the rich traditions of Kerala. At present, KAWM engages more than 200 families living in Grand Rapids area including surrounding communities from Kalamazoo, Holland, Muskegon and Lansing; some of whom have served and strengthened our community for over 25 years.

Kerala - A Brief History

We, Malayalees, come from the southern most state of India, Kerala, also known as "God's own country". Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in Indian sub-continent, consisting of hills, valleys and a vast coastal area. Our native language is "Malayalam" and thus the name "Malayalees". Kerala is the very first state in India which attained 100% literacy in the early nineties. Malayalees are well known for their hospitality and social activities throughout the world.

A long shoreline with beaches, stretches of cool backwaters, hill stations, wildlife, waterfalls, plantations and paddy fields make the state of Kerala unique. Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic treatments, various art forms like Kathakali, Theyyam, Ottanthullal, etc. and many other festivals and cultural monuments. Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia.