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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Aia I hea ka waiai a ka llāhui? Where is the wealth of the lāhui?

Kāhea for Native Hawaiian businesses: Purple Maiʻa announces culturally rooted accelerator program

HONOLULU, OʻAHU, HAWAIʻI (Nov. 17, 2022) – Purple Maiʻa Foundation announced the launch of Mālama Design Studio (MDS) with support from a Community Grant Award for Economic Stability from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) totaling funds of $498,660. The…

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OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey’s Statement on International Racial Equity 2030 Challenge Awardee Kawailoa

Today’s news that the Opportunity Youth Action Hawaiʻi collaborative at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center has been named one of five international awardees of the W.K. Kellogg’s Racial Equity 2030 challenge – an open call for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, families…

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Native Hawaiian-owned Flavors of Italy receives a $250,000 Hua Kanu business loan from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

HONOLULU (September 29, 2022) – A Native Hawaiian, woman-owned business has been issued a $250,000 Hua Kanu loan through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Mālama Loans program.   Desiree Kanae Loperfido, a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiary, and her…

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OHA expands emergency financial assistance program for Native Hawaiians

HONOLULU (Feb. 1, 2022) – Beginning Feb. 1, 2022, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will expand the assistance available to Native Hawaiians through its Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program. In addition to mortgage, rental and utility support, the Ka Wailele program will now…

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OHA bill calls out state’s $63.8 million annual under payment in PLT revenues owed to Hawaiians

HONOLULU (January 28, 2022) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has introduced in its 2022 Legislative package a bill to receive its legally mandated 20 percent of the estimated $394 million annual revenue from the Public Land Trust.  The legislation…

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OHA makes $1 million available for Emergency Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced today it is making $1,044,253 available to implement an emergency financial assistance program for Native Hawaiians.

OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Eviction Protection Information

OHA has urged Governor Ige to adopt additional policies to close critical gaps left by the new federal moratorium on evictions and the state’s recent emergency orders, in an effort to ensure that all Hawaiʻi renters can stay in their…

OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

COVID-19 Resources

  Due to health & public safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, OHA’s offices remain closed until April 4, 2022. Our staff continues to work from home and can be reached via email or by phone. OHA COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS…


Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi: Cultivating ʻāina and people

Getting people on the ʻāina to grow our food sustainably and perpetuating Hawaiian culture is what Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is all about. Their approach involves restoring the cultural connection between the land and our community. And itʻs working! Last year, Kākoʻo…


I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope: OHA applauds Haena CBSFA law

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige has signed into law, the first ever Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) for Haena, Kauai. The Haena CBSFA is the result of more than a decade of work, overwhelming support from the local community and…