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An unsung hero in water rights

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

Journey to Pihemanu

As the sun rises on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a land of rich biodiversity and history is revealed. On a recent trip to Midway Atoll a team of haku mele (composers of song and chant) consisting of Snowbird Bento, Cody Pueo Pata, Kainani Kahaunaele, Keoni Kuoha and Mehanaokalā Hind discovered for themselves what makes the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument such a special place. Read more about Journey to Pihemanu

Proving OHA's purpose on Hawaiʻi Island

 

HAWAIʻI ISLAND (Jan. 30, 2014) - In the scramble to make ends meet on Hawaiʻi Island, Native Hawaiian consumers are increasingly taking advantage of loans with interest rates that don't squeeze their wallets.

In 2012, 101 Native Hawaiians on the island borrowed more than $1.8 million from a loan program offered at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to expand businesses, improve homes, consolidate debt, and continue education. Read more about Proving OHA's purpose on Hawaiʻi Island

OHA's Commitment to Education

If you were to draw up a list of the top priorities at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, improving education in the Hawaiian community would rank near the top.

Just ask Lisa Watkins-Victorino, an executive at OHA who is leading the agency's efforts to approach its commitment to Hawaiian education with a renewed sense of urgency.

Called the "Education Strategic Priority Results Initiative," the effort hinges on two goals. Read more about OHA's Commitment to Education

Offering a helping hand to struggling families: The Punawai Program

Cross some major worries off the checklists of Native-Hawaiian families that are struggling to pay bills on time and keep debts at a manageable level.

A new community-based group has won a two-year $1.2 million contract from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to provide emergency financial assistance to help eligible families keep up with electricity and water bills as well as pay rent and car notes. Read more about Offering a helping hand to struggling families: The Punawai Program

Reflecting on Lānaʻi's changing landscape

Albert Halape Morita, chairman of the Lānaʻi Culture and Heritage Center, which has received more than $1 million in grants from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs since 2009, reflects on development on Lānaʻi and Larry Ellison's plans to build a third resort on the island. Read more about Reflecting on Lānaʻi's changing landscape

OHA weighs both sides of the GMO debate on Molokaʻi

Molokaʻi — For a glimpse of the intense debate about the role genetically modified crops can play in combating world hunger, look no further than the 38-mile-long island of Molokaʻi.

There, genetically modified crops are grown on an estimated 2,585 acres by two major players in industrial agriculture: Monsanto Hawaiʻi and Mycogen Seeds, which insists that their efforts offer safe, sustainable and effective ways to grow and protect crops. Read more about OHA weighs both sides of the GMO debate on Molokaʻi

Gate renews debate over access rights in Waiheʻe Valley on Maui

MAUI -- A landowner with close connections to once powerful sugar plantations on Maui has a vision: build a steel gate that restricts access and limit liability from accidents on a Waihe'e Valley trail whose charm and appeal to hikers are enhanced by man-made wooden bridges that swing over streams near warning signs about such hazards as dangerous cliffs, falling rocks and flash floods. Read more about Gate renews debate over access rights in Waiheʻe Valley on Maui

OHA summits build positive momentum towards Hawaiian self-governance

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs brought the big issues of self-determination and sovereignty of our Hawaiian people to the table last December at their first Kāmau A Ea summit. Community leaders discussed varying opinions to find solutions to take the next step forward. Read more about OHA summits build positive momentum towards Hawaiian self-governance

OHA rolls out "cutting edge" website to tackle issues

HONOLULU (April 12, 2013) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Thursday the launch of a website designed to bring new attention and a strong voice to critically important issues. Read more about OHA rolls out "cutting edge" website to tackle issues

Growing food to feed and people to lead

From growing food to feed our people, to growing tomorrow’s leaders grounded in our Hawaiian ways, OHA’s beneficiaries are leveraging and multiplying resources to impact social change. OHA could use your help in making sure we can continue to support programs like this. Find out how you can help here. Read more about Growing food to feed and people to lead

OHA drafts bill to help Hawaiian language students

This bill would require the Department of Education to partner with the Hawaiian language community to develop assessments originally in Hawaiian to be administered to immersion students in grades three through six. How can you help get this bill passed? Find out here. Read more about OHA drafts bill to help Hawaiian language students

Eat Healthy! Local Style

Find what moves you. Building healthy habits into your lifestyle can be achieved when you tap into what motivates you. Add more healthy fruits and vegetables to your diet. Eat traditional foods, like poi and ʻuala. Snack on local favorites, like mangos and papayas. Use healthy cooking techniques.

It all counts toward a healthier you. Read more about Eat Healthy! Local Style

Get Active! Local Style

Find what moves you. Building healthy habits into your lifestyle can be achieved when you tap into what motivates you. Find a physical activity that you love. Surf the waves. Hike and explore our beautiful island home. Play with your keiki. It all counts toward a healthier you.

Learn more about the Office of Hawaiian Affair's Health Initiative at www.oha.org/health. Read more about Get Active! Local Style

Molokaʻi Middle School test scores soar with OHA grant

Moloka'i Middle School test scores have soared to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and earn the school the title of "The Most Improved School in Hawaiʻi". An OHA grant provided the rural school with a new state-of-the-art computer lab that helped increase student interest and access to STEM information and increase science, math and reading scores. Read more about Molokaʻi Middle School test scores soar with OHA grant

E ʻauamo i ke kuleana e kūkulu i ke kahua – Let us carry the kuleana of building the nation

“E ʻauamo i ke kuleana e kūkulu i ke kahua – Let us carry the kuleana of building the nation” was the rallying call at the 2012 Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Trustee Investiture Ceremony. The gathering was an opportunity for OHA to voice its desire to collaborate with community partners in fulfilling its mission of improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians. Read more about E ʻauamo i ke kuleana e kūkulu i ke kahua – Let us carry the kuleana of building the nation

Supporting Native Hawaiian Health

The state’s medical community paused recently to mark the 10th anniversary of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health with heartfelt support for the decade-old program’s efforts at the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. Read more about Supporting Native Hawaiian Health

OHA Meets with Public Safety Officials at Puʻuhonua Summit

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently hosted a summit to assist the Department of Public Safety in a deadline to address issues regarding Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system. Read more about OHA Meets with Public Safety Officials at Puʻuhonua Summit

Keeping up with growing demand for Hawaiian focused education

WATCH VIDEO: Taffy Wise, executive director of the Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Center, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing Hawaiian-focused charter schools, as well as the significance of support from OHA. Read more about Keeping up with growing demand for Hawaiian focused education

OHA plays key role in expanding housing opportunities to Hawaiians

As the Office of Hawaiian Affairs turns its attention to creating more homeownership opportunities, self-help housing -- where families spend time building their homes themselves with the help of volunteers -- is gaining new prominence in a section of North Kona. Read more about OHA plays key role in expanding housing opportunities to Hawaiians