OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

COVID-19 Resources

Last Updated October 15, 2020

OHA COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

30+ nonprofits to receive $721,739 in OHA grant funding for food security
Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) today announced over 30 nonprofits that will receive a total of $721,739 in grants, funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to support community-based food security efforts in Native Hawaiian communities statewide.

OHA Board approves $3 million in COVID-19 emergency relief funds
The OHA Board of Trustees announced the approval of a $3-million emergency relief package to help individual beneficiaries as well as Native Hawaiian communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis.

OHA Kaiāulu Meals Program
In early April, OHA launched Kaiāulu Meals, a $450,000 program that partners with a statewide network of community organizations to deliver 12 weeks of locally-sourced food to nearly 1,500 kūpuna in need.

Free Webinar: COVID-19 Relief for Local Farmers
New COVID-19 relief funds for FARMERS have recently been released by the U.S. Small Business Administration. OHA and partners teamed up on April 28, 2020 to share important information with our local farmers, so they can access the COVID-19 relief funds before they run out.

Free Webinar: COVID-19 Assistance for Native Hawaiian Small Businesses & Non-Profits
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce hosted a FREE webinar on COVID-19 Assistance for Native Hawaiian Small Businesses & Non-Profits on April 13, 2020.

OHA Emergency Assistance
Kahiau Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Phone: 808-784-4464

OHA’s Mālama Loan Program
If you are a current loan borrower that has experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a loan deferment. Please email NHRLF staff at nhrlf@ohaloanfund.org.


University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine students created videos to remind people about the importance of washing your hands, wearing face masks, practicing physical distancing, exercise during COVID-19, and more. Videos can be watched in either ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi or English.

COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF FUNDS

There are several federal and local resources available to support individuals and local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS
Most people will receive a one-time cash payment from the federal government. More information about direct cash payments.
HAWAI'I RESILIENCE FUND
The Hoʻāla Assistance Program provides one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1000 per household) to Hawaiʻi residents facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HRF is made possible through a partnership between the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, and Pierre & Pam Omidyar. The program aims to provide stability to families during this emergency situation.
INDIVIDUAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Everyone, including those who are uninsured, should be eligible for cost-free COVID-19 testing (when ordered by a health provider), as well as other health protections and benefits. More information about health resources.

You could be eligible for several health and food assistance programs. More information about food assistance programs.

HAWAI‘I C.A.R.E.S. HOTLINE
Hawai‘i Coordinated Access Resource Entry System (C.A.R.E.S.) is a 24/7 hotline for crisis support, mental health resources, and substance use treatment services. To access services through Hawai‘i C.A.R.E.S., call 1 (800) 753-6879 or text ALOHA to 741741.

TAX RELIEF
You may qualify for new tax benefits that are available to help cover financial needs during the public health emergency. More information about tax relief.
EMERGENCY PAID LEAVE
You could now be eligible for emergency paid leave so that you can stay at home and still earn your paycheck. More information about emergency paid leave.
UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
You could be eligible for expanded unemployment benefits if you were laid off or are unable to work due to the pandemic. More information about unemployment assistance.

Hawai’i State Unemployment Benefits Office:

Hawaiʻi State Unemployment Call Center

  • To make a phone application appointment: 762-5752
  • To reset a claim case password: 762-5751
  • Open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
KŪPUNA
You may be eligible for new protections and assistance programs, including financial relief, retirement savings, tax relief, health, nutrition and support programs for seniors, and housing security. More information for Kūpuna.
VETERANS
You could be eligible for new benefits. More information for veterans.
HOMEOWNERS OR RENTERS
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
For COVID related housing & financial assistance programs, click here.
For rent and mortgage assistance, click here.

You could also be eligible for federal assistance. More information for homeowners and renters.

Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands
If you are a current DHHL loan borrower that has experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a loan deferment.

SMALL BUSINESSES
You could be eligible for new relief to help cover payroll and operating expenses. More information for small businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Hawaiʻi District Office
500 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1-306
Honolulu, HI
Phone: 808-541-2990
Website: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/hi/honolulu

Hawaiʻi Energy Relief Grant for Businesses and Nonprofits — Hawaiʻi Energy has a grant program designed specifically for Hawaiʻi businesses experiencing losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grants may cover up to 100% of total project costs (up to $25,000 per application) of an energy efficiency project. The grant award will be disbursed after project completion after all required documentation has been submitted, verified and approved by Hawaiʻi Energy. Applications are due Sept. 30, 20205pm. Get more information about the program and apply here.

Central Pacific Bank – Online Application Form for Small Businesses Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
If you’re an independent contractor, gig-economy worker, or are self-employed, you could be eligible for new resources to help cover your financial needs. More information for contract workers.
FEDERAL WORKERS AND CONTRACTORS
You could be eligible for new benefits, including paid emergency sick leave and family and medical leave. More information for Federal workers and contractors.
RESTAURANT WORKERS
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
Through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, $500 grants are being provided to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Applications may be submitted starting April 2, 2020.
LABOR UNIONS
If you’re a member of a labor union, you could be eligible for new protections. More information for labor union members.
COLLEGE STUDENTS
You may be eligible for new student loan relief or financial assistance through your college or university. More information for college students.

University of Hawaiʻi Urgent Student Relief Fund 
The Urgent Student Relief Fund assists University of Hawaiʻi students who have experienced unexpected financial hardships incurred while enrolled at any UH campus. Approved awards are generally between $100-$500 and amounts are based on the type of request and urgency of the hardship. Exceptions for amounts greater than $500 may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

AGRICULTURE, AQUACULTURE, AND FISHERIES
If you’re a farmer or rancher or work in the agricultural industry, the aquaculture industry, or the fishing industry, you may be eligible for new benefits. Click here to view resources for agricultural workers, and click here to view resources for aquaculture and fishery workers.

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Deadline Extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11th, and producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. After reviewing over 1,700 responses, even more farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity for assistance to help keep operations afloat during these tough times.Learn more and apply here.

FEED THE HUNGER FUND SMALL BUSINESS LOANS

Feed the Hunger Fund is offering loans to small farmers and food entrepreneurs who have been severely affected by COVID-19, with the goal of revitalizing Hawaii’s economy. Apply online or contact Aaron Ellis (aaronellis@feed-hunger.com) or Shandis Ching (shandisching@feed-hunger.com) for questions.

COVID-19 GENERAL RESOURCES

Federal COVID-19 Relief Packages
This comprehensive breakdown of the three federal COVID-19 relief packages was put together by a coalition of Native Hawaiian agencies.

Aloha United Way – Call 211
Aloha United Way 211 is Hawaii’s only comprehensive, statewide community information and referral service. Call 211 for COVID-19 information. 211 specialists help you find food, shelter, financial assistance, child care, parenting support, and much more.

Hawaii Public Housing Authority plans to operate a short-term meal program for individuals who are: 1) 65 years or older; 2) disabled individuals; or 3) individuals who recently tested COVID19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 and are in quarantine. Further, you must not be participating in any other meal assistance program, such as receiving EBT or SNAP benefits. This will help to ensure that as a community we are assisting as many eligible individuals as possible. Families can elect for a weekly food box, or two meals delivered a day. Click here for application.

COVID-19 Federal Resources from Senator Brian Schatz’s Office

Kanaeokana – A Thriving Lāhui Community Resources List

Eviction Protection Information

Free WIFI and Broadband

Data on COVID-19 and Native Hawaiians from the Native Hawaiian COVID-19 Research Hui (Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Liliʻuokalani Trust, Kamehameha Schools) 

AVAILABLE RESOURCES BY ISLAND

HAWAIʻI (East)

Hawaiʻi Unemployment Claims & Benefits – East Hawaiʻiʻi

1990 Kinoole St., Ste 101
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-974-4086
Email: dlir.ui.hilo@hawaii.gov
Website: https://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program (RMAP)
RMAP nonprofit partners are encouraging Hawaii Island residents who are at least 18 years old and lost income or work hours due to COVID-19 to apply here.

Hawaiʻi Food Basket – East Hawaii

40 Holomua Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-933-6030
Website: www.hawaiifoodbasket.org

Alu Like, Inc.

32 Kino‘ole Street, #102
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-895-2158
Website: www.alulike.org

HAWAIʻI (West)

Hawaiʻi Unemployment Claims & Benefits – West Hawaiʻi

81-990 Halekii St., Rm 2090
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Phone: 808-322-4822
Email: dlir.ui.kona@hawaii.gov
Website: labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program (RMAP)
RMAP nonprofit partners are encouraging Hawaii Island residents who are at least 18 years old and lost income or work hours due to COVID-19 to apply here.

Hawaiʻi Food Basket – West Hawaiʻi

73-4161 Ulu Wini Place
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-322-7373
Website: www.hawaiifoodbasket.org

Alu Like, Inc.

32 Kino‘ole Street, #102
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-895-2158
Website: www.alulike.org

KAUAʻI & NIʻIHAU
Hawaiʻi Unemployment Claims & Benefits

4370 Kukui Grove Street, Ste 3-214
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: 808-274-3043
Email: dlir.ui.kauai@hawaii.gov
Website: labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

Hawaiʻi Foodbank

4241-A Hanahao Place
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: 808-482-2224
Email: info@hawaiifoodbank.org
Website: www.hawaiifoodbank.org

Kauaʻi Ecnomoic Opportunity (Meals on Wheels)

2804 Wehe Road
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-4077
Email: keo@keoinc.org

Alu Like, Inc.

2970 Kele Street, Suite 116
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-8545
Website: www.alulike.org

LĀNAʻI

Hawaiʻi Unemployment Claims & Benefits

54 South High St., Rm 201
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-984-8400
Email: dlir.ui.maui@hawaii.gov

Website: labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

Sacred Hearts Church – Foodbank

815 Fraser Avenue
Lānaʻi City, HI 96763
Phone: 808-565-6837

Lānaʻi Senior Citizen Center

309 7th Street
Lānaʻi City, HI 96763
Phone: 808-565-6818

MAUI

Hawaiʻi Unemployment Claims & Benefits

54 South High St., Rm 201
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-984-8400
Email: dlir.ui.maui@hawaii.gov
Website: labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

Maui Foodbank

760 Kolu Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-243-9500
Email: info@mauifoodbank.org
Website: www.mauifoodbank.org

Alu Like, Inc.

95 Mahalani Street, Suite 28-1B
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-242-9774
Website: www.alulike.org

Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund aims to help local small businesses recover and survive impacts from COVID-19. The fund covers up to $7,500 in reimbursable business expenses limited to rent/lease payments, utility payments and COVID-19-related safety precautions at the place of business. Learn more and apply online here – deadline for applications is October 31.

MOLOKAI

Maui Economic Development – Foodbank

380 Kolapa Place
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Phone: 808-553-3216

Kaunoa Senior Center – Meals on Wheels

Mohala Street
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Phone: 808-553-5402

Alu Like, Inc.

P.O. Box 1859
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Phone: 808-553-5393
Website: www.alulike.org

OʻAHU

Hawaiʻi Unemployment Claims & Benefits

830 Punchbowl St., Rm 110
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-586-8970
Email: dlir.ui.oahu@hawaii.gov
Website: labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

City & County of Honolulu COVID-19 Household Hardship Relief Fund
The City Administration in cooperation with the Honolulu City Council established the COVID-19 HHRF with $25 Million in CARES Act funds to offer quick financial relief to Oʻahu households impacted by the pandemic. Click here for more info.

Hawaiʻi Foodbank

2611 Kilihau Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: 808-836-3600
Email: info@hawaiifoodbank.org
Website: www.hawaiifoodbank.org

Lanakila Meals on Wheels

1809 Bachelot Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: 808-531-0555
Email: info@lanakilapacific.org
Website: www.lanakilapacific.org/senior-services/meals-on-wheels/

The Culture and Arts Relief and Recovery Fund
Up to $50,000 Available For Eligible Culture and Arts Organizations. The City and County of Honolulu Culture and Arts Relief and Recovery Fund is now accepting applications. Click here for more info.

Alu Like, Inc.

2969 Māpunapuna Place, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: 808-535-6700
Website: www.alulike.org


OHA Organizational Update

OHA Organizational Update

During this COVID-19 situation, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ priority is to maintain safe and healthy community and work environments for OHA staff and beneficiaries, while also to the extent possible limiting disruptions in our services to the Lāhui.

Following federal and state guidance, including Governor David Ige’s announcement yesterday, OHA will close all of its offices to the public starting today. This includes our Honolulu, neighbor island and Washington, D.C., offices.

Nevertheless, modified services to our beneficiaries will continue during this period.  Non-essential OHA staff will be teleworking from home.  Continued services will follow federal and state guidance on social distancing and require advance scheduling of appointments.

OHA will re-assess our operational plans in 15 days, paying close attention to federal and state guidance.  Updates to our operational plans and available services will be posted at www.oha.org and on OHA social media platforms.

While these are unprecedented times, our Lāhui has historically demonstrated remarkable resiliency in the face of daunting challenges. Our aloha spirit as well as our strong sense of kuleana to mālama each other are the unbreakable cultural values that have enabled us to persevere as a people. OHA stands with our community and is committed to continuing to serve our beneficiaries during this time of need.

Updates and additional information will be available here at www.oha.org, on OHA social media platforms and via phone at 808-594-1835.

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