OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Pūnāwai Program

The Pūnāwai Program will not be accepting new applicants until October 1, 2019. The program is subject to approval by OHA’s Board of Trustees and the availability of funding. Program contact information will be available on October 1st.

The Pūnāwai Program assists Native Hawaiian beneficiaries with services designed to help individuals and families stabilize their living situations/lives and work towards self-sufficiency in the future.

The program assists Native Hawaiians in understanding their finances by providing services including Individual Development Accounts, financial literacy/education, emergency financial assistance, and information and referral to other needed community resources.

Individual Development Account (IDA)

The IDA is part of a match savings program to assist individuals and families in establishing a savings account where they will save toward the goal of home ownership and rental housing.

Emergency Financial Assistance

The Emergency Financial Assistance program provides temporary financial assistance for individuals and families who have been facing hardship due to an unexpected emergency situation. Applicants must be able to show the emergency situation has since been resolved and they are financially stable.

Information and Referral

For information on other types of services not available through the Pūnāwai program, staff will connect you with agencies that may offer the type of service you are seeking.

General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  1. Native Hawaiian – Must be able to show proof of Hawaiian Ancestry by providing one of the following:
    • Birth certificate
    • OHA Hawaiian Registry Card
    • Department of Hawaiian Home Lands verification
    • Kamehameha Schools verification
  1. Household income must be at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawai‘i.


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