OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Kekaha Armory

Kekaha is a 1.4-acre site on the island of Kaua‘i that OHA acquired in 1998 for Hawaiian cultural and educational purposes. Space at the site has been leased to the Ke Kula Ni‘ihau O Kekaha Charter School. The school serves an average of 52 Ni‘ihau students from preschool to 12th grade.

Ahupua‘a of Waimea
Moku of Kona
Mokupuni of Kaua‘i
8135 Kekaha Road, Kekaha, HI 96752

Acquired: 1998
Size: 1.46 acres, 14,000 sq ft building
Zoning: Industrial mixed use
Cost to OHA: Executive order set aside for OHA for Hawaiian culture and education
Tenure and use: Leased to Kekula Ni‘ihau O Kekaha Charter School
Acquisition Objective: Hawaiian cultural and educational purposes


  • Classrooms (school averages 52 Niʻihau students from preschool – 12th grade )
  • 70% of staff from Niʻihau (OHA Native Hawaiian Charter school grant helps the school hire more Niʻihau staff)
  • Certified Kitchen – Community and Non-Profit used to prepare food for fund raisers
  • Sound/Video Recording Studio – Enables Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha to continue to document the dialect, stories and music of Niʻihau as a part of its curriculum and for the benefit of current and future generations
  • Library – Accommodate a distance learning lab for the adult community to access on-line courses and serves as a repository for Hawaiian related resources for the broader community


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Statement from OHA Chair regarding Akina’s press release calling for OHA CEO removal

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OHA statement regarding release of final audit

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OHA statement regarding Auditor’s press conference

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OHA statement on unauthorized release of draft audit

Photo: Native Hawaiians marching on the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom

ʻOnipaʻa Kākou 2018