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OHA hires new Chief Financial Officer

HONOLULU (April 26, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today named David K. Laeha as the agency’s new Chief Financial Officer and Resource Management Director. He will start on May 16. Laeha’s primary responsibility will be to assist…

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OHA recognizes four Hawaiian language immersion students at the State Science Fair

OHA Chair Colette Y. Machado and Sen. J. Kalani English present Hawaiian immersion students each with a $100 scholarship, an ipu heke and a certificate of recognition at today’s awards ceremony for the 60th annual Hawaiʻi State Science and Engineering Fair.

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OHA issues first Hua Kanu business loans of 2017

HONOLULU (March 28, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) last week issued two Hua Kanu business loans, totaling $450,000, to Reliant Trucking Inc. and Goldwings Supply Service Inc, making the two Native Hawaiian-owned businesses the first recipients of…

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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,…

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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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OHA begins posting board agendas in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

HONOLULU (Feb. 23, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) posted its first board agenda in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English, marking the beginning of a new pilot project to publish board agendas in both co-official languages of the state….

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OHA statement on Maui Mayor Arakawa’s comments

Pōhaku (rocks) are a cornerstone of Native Hawaiian material and living culture, providing not only a vast array of utilitarian uses such as tools, vessels, weights, and building materials, but also immense spiritual and political importance for the Native Hawaiian…

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OHA donates musical instruments to Stevenson Middle to replace stolen items

Hawaiʻi State Department of Education News Release  HONOLULU (Feb. 16, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) donated four musical instruments to Stevenson Middle School, which serves a large Native Hawaiian community, to replace those that were stolen last week….

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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,…

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OHA trustees select new chair and leadership

HONOLULU (February 9, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees selected Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi Trustee Colette Y. Machado as its new chair today. Chair Machado succeeds At-Large Trustee Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, Ph.D., who was installed as acting chair…

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