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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

When is it illegal to practice your culture?

MAUNA KEA — In the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2015, eight Native Hawaiians were arrested on Mauna Kea. Seven wahine were arrested while they were in the act of pule, or prayer. This is the second law enforcement…


Mauna a Wākea: OHA submits testimony in opposition of proposed rules that would limit access

HONOLULU – At today’s Board of Land & Natural Resources meeting, a new rule (agenda item C-1) is being heard that would give the DLNR Chair the unilateral power to close hunting areas throughout the entire state, including those around…


Coming July 31st: An animated Hawaiian history film for the masses

By Lisa Asato When OHA Trustee Peter Apo grew up in postwar Hawai‘i, Hawaiian history wasn’t taught in school. And images of Hawaiians as dignified, proud and strong were lacking. What he did learn about Hawaiian history came from his…


Survey: OHA seeks input about Mauna Kea

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking responses to an anonymous 5-question survey to provide its Board of Trustees helpful information for the Board’s Thursday (4/30) meeting on the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope. The survey asks participants about how…

OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

OHA seeks to include Mauna Kea ‘Ohana leadership in discussions

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has continued to urge Governor Ige and University of Hawaiʻi President Lassner to address the outstanding legal issues involved in the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope before the moratorium on construction is lifted….

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The art of kōnane and mastering diplomacy

A message from Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe, Ph.D.
Ka Pouhana, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Aloha mai e nā kini, nā hoa makamaka o ko Hawaiʻi pae ʻāina,

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OHA and Kaua‘i community stand up for water rights

KAUA‘I (July 22, 2014) – Maka‘ala Ka‘aumoana is among the dozens of unsung people trying to do right by their communities in the fierce legal battles over public rights to an increasingly vital treasure – water. The 67-year-old Native Hawaiian…

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OHA’s comments support rulemaking

HONOLULU (July 15, 2014) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice strongly supporting federal rulemaking that would reestablish a government-to-government relationship with a Native Hawaiian government …

Photo: Neil Abercrombie with OHA Trustees

OHA helps pass important health bill

HONOLULU (June 30, 2014) – A bill signed into law today commits the state government to taking a comprehensive and modernized approach to eliminating critical health disparities…

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OHA applauds Obama administration

HONOLULU — Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Colette Machado and Ka Pouhana/CEO Kamana’opono Crabbe issued a joint statement today commending the Obama Administration …