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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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OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola film wins a Telly Award

OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola short film has won a Telly Award. The 25-minute film features stories and perspectives from the Native Hawaiian community tied to the framework of OHA’s 2020-2035 Mana i Mauli Ola (Strength to Wellbeing) Strategic Plan.

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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 statement on the passing of former OHA Board Chair Colette Machado

HONOLULU (May 23, 2022) – We are shocked and saddened by today’s news of the sudden passing of former Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Chair Colette Machado. Colette proudly served the Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi communities for 24 years as a dedicated…

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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.


OHA Board Chair statement on Public Land Trust Bill clearing the House and Senate floor votes

Today the Public Land Trust (PLT) bill cleared both the House and Senate floor votes unanimously and now moves on to Gov. Ige for his signature and final approval. The PLT bill would raise annual revenue payments to the Office…

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OHA Board Chair statement on Public Land Trust bill approved by state legislature

HONOLULU (April 29, 2022) – Today’s welcome news that the conference committee unanimously approved the Public Land Trust bill that will raise annual payments to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from $15.1 million to $21.5 million, provide an additional sum of $64 million, and…

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Statement from OHA Board Chair on $600 million legislative appropriation to DHHL

HONOLULU (April 29, 2022) – News that the state Legislature approved a $600 million appropriation to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands marks a historic day of funding for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). Though long in coming, these…