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OHA releases book on mana

HONOLULU (Nov. 20, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today released a book that explores mana, a foundation of Hawaiian culture and identity that is often referred to as supernatural power but, as the new publication reveals, is…

Hōkūle‘a Homecoming news release

OHA announces shuttle service to Hōkūle‘a Homecoming Ceremony

HONOLULU (June 14, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is offering free park-and-ride shuttle service from four locations on Oʻahu to Magic Island for the Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Ceremony on Saturday, June 17. The shuttle service, with parking, will…

Nā Mamo Makamae 2017

OHA recognizes 7 master practitioners & knowledge keepers

HONOLULU (June 12, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today held its inaugural Nā Mamo Makamae o Ka Poʻe Hawaiʻi: Living Treasures of the Hawaiian People, a Native Hawaiian community-driven event that honored seven master practitioners and knowledge…

Photo: Kalaniopuu Exhibit

Film on Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s treasures will be screened for free in Kapolei on Saturday

HONOLULU (March 10, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will host a free public screening of its film on the historic return of Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s sacred cloak and helmet this Saturday at Ka Makana Aliʻi in Kapolei. In 1779,…

Photo: Halawa Inmates at Makahiki Event

Inmates find healing and spiritual strength with Makahiki events

Star Advertiser article (Feb. 25, 2017) by Pat Gee The Makahiki season is primarily a time to celebrate the harvest and pay homage to Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility and rain, but for about 100 inmates at the Halawa…

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Film shares the inspirational journey home of Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s treasures

HONOLULU (February 14, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will host a series of free public screenings throughout the state in February and March for its film documenting the historic return of Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s sacred cloak and helmet,…

Photo: Children and Legislators at the Hawaii State Capitol hold the Bill Approving Olelo Hawaii Month

OHA celebrates ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi month

By Treena Shapiro You may have noticed Ka Wai Ola’s cover looks different this month – more like a pre-statehood ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i nūpepa than OHA’s regular monthly offering. It’s OHA’s way of marking ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i month, as February was officially…


OHA statement on Papahānaumokuākea

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees has voted to conditionally support the proposed boundary expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument provided that: 1.     OHA is elevated to a co-trustee position, 2.     The cultural significance of the…


OHA statement on Papahānaumokuākea

Honolulu (April 14, 2016) – Statement of Office of Hawaiian Affairs Ka Pouhana (CEO) Kamana‘opono Crabbe on Sen. Brian Schatz’s statement on Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: “The Office of Hawaiian Affairs thanks Sen. Schatz for advocating to elevate the role…


#kalaniopuu: Follow the return

Honolulu, HI – In 1779, the reigning chief of Hawai‘i Island, Kalani‘ōpu‘u, who traced his regal line to the great chief Līloa of Waipiʻo, greeted an English captain named James Cook after his ship made port in Kealakekua Bay. As…

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