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HONOLULU (July 15, 2014) - The Office of Hawaiian Affairs submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice strongly supporting federal rulemaking that would reestablish a government-to-government relationship with a Native Hawaiian government once one is formed, saying, “Our community cannot heal until the federal government shows meaningful respect to...

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July 17-19: Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition

Thurs., July 17, 6 p.m.; Fri., July 18, 6 p.m.; Sat., July 19, 1 p.m.

Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, Oʻahu

Hundreds of talented keiki representing 17 hālau hula from Hawaiʻi and Japan will compete in solo, hula kahiko and hula ʻauana categories at this annual children’s showcase for which OHA serves as the title sponsor. Read more about July 17-19: Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition

Ola I Ka Wai Kauai Springs

Makaʻala Kaʻaumoana talks about turning to OHA for help with getting the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court earlier this year to force Kauaʻi Springs, a bottle-water company in Kōlea, to shut down its pumps.

For more information on Ola I Ka Wai, Water is Life visit www.kamakakoi.com/water

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OHA loan keeps ʻohana together

 

Yama Kaholoʻaʻa, a longtime resident of the Hoʻolehua Homestead on Molokaʻi, took out an emergency $7,500 loan from a consumer program at OHA to repair the roof, windows and walls of his four-bedroom house, where he and wife, Caroline, are raising three granddaughters.

In a sit-down conversation in his garage, Yama and his 15-year old granddaughter, Makaila, talk about how the loan has helped improve stability for his ʻohana. Read more about OHA loan keeps ʻohana together

July 19: Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series

Sat., July 19 and Aug. 23, 1-5 p.m.

Waimea, Valley, North Shore Oʻahu

Sponsored by OHA, the Summer Concert Series returns for a second year with three concerts on the lawn showcasing Hawaiian music. 

On July 19, ‘ukulele will steal the spotlight with Eddie Kamae, Imua Garza, Kalei Gamiao and Brittni Paiva.

The series wraps on Aug. 23 with steel guitar by Timi Abrigo, Jeff Au Hoy and Eddie Palama.

Pïkake Pavilion Lawn. $35-$20 presale for all three concerts or $15-$ each. 638-7766 or waimeavalley.net Read more about July 19: Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series

OHA Hawaiian Registry Program - Nā Mamo 'Ōiwi Hawai'i

The OHA Hawaiian Registry Program (HRP) provides Hawaiians, worldwide, with a card that verifies their Hawaiian ancestry. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs issues the card after verifying indigenous Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage. No blood quantum is required. Read more about OHA Hawaiian Registry Program - Nā Mamo 'Ōiwi Hawai'i

OHA at the Legislature

As part of its mandate to advocate for Native Hawaiians, each year OHA submits a package of proposed bills to the Hawaiians StateLegislature, and the agency’s Board of Trustees also votes to take positions on a wide variety of legislation impacting the Hawaiian community. Click here to learn more about the package.