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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…

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OHA Board Chair Statement on Missing and Murdered Native Hawaiian Women and Girls Day

Today, the nation encourages change through a National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In Hawaiʻi we focus specifically on our Indigenous Native Hawaiian wāhine and keiki affected by this horrendous issue. Native Hawaiian girls…

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Scottish museum returns iwi kupuna to Hawaiʻi

Surgeons’ Hall Museums in Edinburgh repatriated iwi kupuna (ancestral Hawaiian skeletal remains) today to a Hawaiian delegation.

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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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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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Übersee-Museum Bremen returns ancestral remains to Hawaiʻi

Bremen, Germany (Feb. 8, 2022) – At a solemn handover ceremony today, eight iwi kūpuna (ancestral remains) from the collections held in the Übersee-Museum Bremen were returned to representatives of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) from the United States (U.S.), State of Hawaiʻi. Edward Halealoha Ayau, Kalehua Caceres and Mana Caceres took part in…

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Hawaiian delegation to bring home 58 iwi kūpuna from Germany and Austria

BREMEN, GERMANY (Feb. 7, 2022) – This week a delegation representing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will repatriate a total of 58 iwi kūpuna (ancestral Hawaiian skeletal remains) from four institutions in Germany and one in Austria that were stolen over 100…

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OHA delivers “Meals & Mahalo” to frontline healthcare workers on Hawai’i Island

HILO, HI (October 1, 2021) – In expanding “Meals & Mahalo” statewide, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) delivered 150 “Meals & Mahalo” to Hilo Medical Center on Friday to frontline healthcare workers as an act of aloha and appreciation. Last…

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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…