OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Culture Grantees

We offer community grants on a two-year cycle. We also offer grants for community events twice a year. For more information about current grant opportunities, visit the Community Grants Page.

OHA’s Fiscal Biennium 2016-2017 culture grants were awarded to organizations that strengthen Native Hawaiian identity and/or support traditional cultural practices in various forms by perpetuating, practicing and protecting such activities. Such programs could include community programs that teach Hawaiian cultural practices through workshops or mentorship; increase the skill level of a cultural practitioner and provide opportunities for continued practice; or identify “endangered” practices, record the knowledge and encourage practitioners to pass on the legacy.

The following organizations are currently operating programs through a fiscal biennium 2016-2017 OHA culture grant:


  • Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy – $299,001
    To provide opportunities to Oʻahu’s youth to learn about and experience traditional Hawaiian navigation, and the dynamic and complex cycles of plant based resource management and skilled materials preparation used by ancient navigators to prepare for long distance voyages.
  • Kula No Na Poʻe Hawaii – $40,000
    To increase the number of cultural practitioners with knowledge and proficiency in the carving of papa and pōhaku kuʻi ʻai using traditional materials and methods.


  • Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi – $127,491
    To provide traditional Native Hawaiian healing art education to Native Hawaiians throughout the communities of Hawaiʻi Island to perpetuate and develop strategies that expand the knowledge, respect and practical application of lāʻau lapaʻau, lomilomi hā hā, lāʻau kāhea and hoʻoponopono.
  • Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation – $300,000
    To rebuild and restore the heiau hula at Imakakoloa, Kaʻū along with the ritual dances, chants, and vocabulary necessary for this work so that hula practitioners and their families will participate as a part of their hula execution.


  • Kohe Mālamalama o Kanaloa – Protect Kahoʻolawe Fund – $129,100
    I Ola Kanaloa will strengthen the cultural identity and engagement of Native Hawaiian  haumāna, hui, and ʻohana on Hawaiʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu & Kauaʻi by providing them the opportunity to connect with, honor and care for the ʻāina & cultural sites; revitalize cultural relationships; & learn cultural practices & protocols through Kahoʻolawe.
  • PA’I Foundation – $104,408
    To support MAMo: Maoli Arts Month, a broad community-based effort to celebrate the depth, breadth, and diversity of the Native Hawaiian arts community, to create economic opportunities for Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners by increasing their presence in museums and galleries, and to educate locals and visitors about Native Hawaiian art.

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