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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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OHA awards more than $600,000 in grants to support Native Hawaiian education and community events

HONOLULU (June 28, 2022) – A $220,000 community grant to support the Hoʻokākoʻo Corporation’s “Ke Awa Ho‘omalu (Safe Harbor)” program is one of three education-focused grant awards announced today by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The two-year OHA grant will increase access for school-aged Native Hawaiian children and their families…

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OHA hosts Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit

HONOLULU (May 31, 2022) – A special one-day Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit was held today in Liliʻuokalani Hall at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ headquarters in Nā Lama Kukui. On display were 14 Hawaiian quilts 45” by 45” which were then handed…

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Hawaiian ancestral human remains and treasures repatriated from Ireland

HONOLULU (May 24, 2022) – Following ongoing dialogue with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and Hui Iwi Kuamoʻo, the National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) hosted an official handover ceremony at Ulster Museum in Belfast this month and successfully repatriated iwi kūpuna (ancestral Hawaiian human remains) and five mea makamae…

OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Serve the Lāhui – OHA seeks grant application reviewers for community grants

(HONOLULU) – If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve the Lāhui, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is currently seeking grant application reviewers for community grants that will benefit the Native Hawaiian community. OHA’s Grants Program aims to meet the needs of the Native Hawaiian community by providing support…

Photo: Hawaiian delegation representing OHA at the Berlin State Museums of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK)

SPK returns ancestral remains from Hawaiʻi

BERLIN, GERMANY (Feb. 11, 2022) – The Berlin State Museums of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) handed over 32 iwi kūpuna (ancestral remains) to representatives of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today. The ancestral remains have been in the keeping of the SPK Berlin since 2011. At…

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Iwi kūpuna repatriation in Jena helps heal historical injustices

JENA, GERMANY (February 10) – A ceremony at Friedrich Schiller University Jena today saw iwi kūpuna (ancestral remains) handed over to a Hawaiian delegation representing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The iwi kūpuna came to the university in the 19th century and are to be reburied in Hawaiʻi. In addition to…

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Göttingen University hands over iwi kūpuna from collections to OHA delegation

GOTTINGEN, GERMANY (Feb. 9, 2022) – When the anatomist Georg Thilenius excavated a number of skulls and skeletons on the island of Maui in 1897, he violated the prevailing Hawaiian laws that prohibited the removal of human remains from burial sites….

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New guidance document to integrate Native Hawaiian culture into management of Papahānaumokuākea

The Co-Trustees of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) today released Mai Ka Pō Mai, a historic guidance document that will help federal and state agencies further integrate Native Hawaiian culture into all areas of management of the 582,578-square mile protected region in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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Hawaiian Names Given to Five Species at Papahānaumokuākea

Honolulu, HI (December 1, 2020) – Four bird species and one plant species living within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), have been given Hawaiian names. Developed by PMNM’s Native Hawaiian Cultural Working Group (CWG), facilitated by the Office of…

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NHPI Coalition applies cultural approach to stopping COVID-19

NHPI community continues to be disproportionately impacted by the virus, according to COVID-19 case data HONOLULU (Nov. 16, 2020) – A coalition of leading organizations dedicated to serving Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) is taking a cultural approach to…