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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

ʻAhahui Grants FY 2022

OHA will sponsor 20 community events statewide that will receive a total of $148,686 from OHA’s ‘Ahahui Grants program. In its 10th year, the ʻAhahui Grants program supports community events that serve as enrichment opportunities on Hawaiian culture, ‘āina stewardship, economic opportunity, food sustainability and strengthening ʻohana. 

The ‘Ahahui Grants program awardees are: 

HAWAIʻI ISLAND 

Organization: Laiopua 2020
Amount $9,733
ProjectHoʻokahua – Under The Kona Moon
PurposeTo educate and connect Native Hawaiians to their culture through the sharing of stories, mele and memories by Hawai`i Island kupuna, artisans and experts. Sharing will be videotaped, televised and shared on social media. 

Organization: Pōhāhā I Ka Lani
Amount: $7,700
Project: Kaʻelehua
PurposeTo connect 150 community members (min. 100 Native Hawaiians) with ʻāina stewardship and cultural education by hosting a multi-day public event at Lalakea, Mahiki and Waipi‘o Valley. 

OrganizationNa Maka Onaona (Fiscal Sponsor for Na Waʻa Mauo)
Amount: $7,250
ProjectKa Moʻolelo Honuaiākea
PurposeTo provide the Honuaiākea Voyaging program students the opportunity to share their journey with their community and a global audience.  

MAUI

Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Amount: $10,000
ProjectLā ‘ulu – Breadfruit Day
PurposeTo provide outreach about the use of ‘ulu to Maui residents and the Native Hawaiian community

Organization: Ke Ao Hali‘i
Amount: $10,000
Project: Pule ‘Āina o Maka‘alae me Mokaenui
PurposeTo bless and celebrate the return of this newly protected land to the community

Organization: Hāna Arts
Amount: $8,500
Project: Uniting East Maui ‘Ohana
PurposeBringing together ‘ohana of East Maui through the holiday season, these events bring together families, engage creativity, and stimulate economic activity in East Maui, especially youth, through arts and culture. 

OʻAHU 

Organization: Bishop Museum
Amount$10,000
Project: POW! WOW!: Arts Night at Bishop Museum
PurposeTo provide an evening of engaging art experiences and free access to Bishop Museum exhibits in conjunction with the POW! WOW!: From Hawaiʻi to the World exhibition to the Native Hawaiian ʻohana and the larger museum community.  

OrganizationAloha Week Hawaiʻi
Amount: $10,000
ProjectAloha Festivals
PurposeTo provide an ongoing opportunity for Native Hawaiians to share their history and culture and to participate in activities that honor, preserve and maintain the knowledge and traditions of our physical and spiritual domain.  

OrganizationWai‘anae Economic Development Council
Amount$7,300
ProjectBest of the Westside – New Products Show
Purpose: To identify and develop businesses on the Wai‘anae Coast by providing an event for entrepreneurs to exhibit their products and services to the community.  

Organization: Protect & Preserve Hawai‘i
Amount$6,200
ProjectMālama Niu Valley
Purpose: To host 12 weekend volunteer workdays in the community of Niu Valley in order to restore native Hawaiian forest on 330 acres of Protect & Preserve Hawaiʻi’s land.  

Organization: Kaikeha, INC.
Project13th Annual Hubb Keiki Fest on Oʻahu
Amount: $2,024
PurposeEvent will provide an Amateur Boogie Board Contest for Hawaiʻi’s keiki as an outlet generating ocean awareness along with a beach cleanup. 

Organization: Huliauapaa
Amount $1,655
ProjectKaliuokapaakai Building Capacity in Stewarding Wahi Kupuna Speaker Series 
Purpose: To provide subject-area expertise to the Native Hawaiian community to build community capacity to steward wahi kupuna (ancestral places). 

KAUAʻI 

OrganizationNa Maka Onaona (Fiscal Sponsor for Kanuikapono Public Charter School)
Amount$10,000
ProjectFood Security through Aquaponics
PurposeTo introduce an aquaponic food growing option to the Native Hawaiian community of Anahola, Kauaʻi

OrganizationKukulu Kumuhana O Anahola
Amount$10,000
Project ʻĀina to ʻŌpū
Purpose
For cultural practitioners to provide education demonstrations to restore proficiency of kalo, as a heritage plant and homestead food resource. 

Organization: Na Maka Onaona (Fiscal Sponsor for Waimea High School Teacher Cohort) 

Amount: $9,000
Project: Project Kuleana Partnership
PurposeTo provide Waimea High School and the larger Waimea community a contemporary digital archive platform grounded in Hawaiʻi. 

Organization: Homestead Community Development Corporation (Fiscal Sponsor for Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association)
Amount$3,450
ProjectAnahola Stables Community Visioning Session
PurposeOneday event to provide the community of Anahola and the larger Kauai community of Native Hawaiians a dedicated event to produce a strategic plan to open and operate an Anahola Stables to create jobs in the field of equestrian practices. 

Organization: Kaikeha, INC.
Project: Third Annual Garden Island Boogie Board Classic on Kaua‘i,  
Amount: $2,024
Purpose: Event will provide a community-based Pro-Am Boogie Board Contest to teach competitors of the Native Hawaiian community the longterm value that water sports can bring to their lives.  

Organization: Homestead Community Development Corporation
Amount: $1,450
ProjectKumu Camp Mauka Community Visioning
PurposeTo bring the west Kauaʻi community together to complete a visioning process to finalize a strategic plan for a low footprint campground on Hawaiian Home Lands for youth and family campers.  

STATEWIDE EVENTS 

OrganizationPapahana Aloha ʻĀina Hawaiʻi
Amount $8,745
Project: Ola i ka ʻĀina – Kī
PurposeTo provide education, information, materials, and Hawaiian cultural practices to the Native Hawaiian community and the broader community at large, on aloha ʻāina and how to Ola i ka ʻĀina, find Life in our Land, particularly around the topic of the kī or the tī plant. 

Organization: Ho‘oulu Lāhui
Amount: $3,655
Project: XPLORE MOKUOLA
PurposeTo enhance Native Hawaiian wellbeing by providing Native Hawaiian individuals and ʻohana with basic foundations in Hawaiian ʻohana education, family values, ʻohana health and food sustainability, Hawaiian language, moʻolelo and protocol

OrganizationMoanalua Gardens Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Project: Virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
Purpose: A two-hour celebration of non-competitive hula and Hawaiian culture to be broadcast in the fall on KHON2. 

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