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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

E Hoʻokanaka! Inspiring & uplifting the next generation of leaders

E Hoʻokanaka! celebrates emerging leaders in the Hawaiian community. Embedded in the message of E Hoʻokanaka! is empowerment, strength, innovation and resiliency.  We will share the stories of young ʻōiwi leaders who are making positive impacts in their communities; those who are taking a fresh approach to addressing the issues and challenges that Hawaiʻi faces.

As we collectively respond to some of our most pressing concerns as an island community – climate change, affordable housing, equitable education, the protection of sacred spaces and the appreciation for traditional knowledge and practices – it is imperative that we identify and uplift those who are making extraordinary efforts to effect changes that will help move our lāhui forward.

E Hoʻokanaka! in Ka Wai Ola

Read the series of articles dedicated to sharing perspectives on leadership from young Hawaiian leaders.

“Leading by Doing” featuring Hōkūleʻa Navigator Haunani Kane – October 2019 Ka Wai Ola

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“Courage to Leave the Dock” featuring Hōkūleʻa Navigator Kaʻiulani Murphy – November 2019

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“Step Up and Take Control of the Narrative” feature Koa Hewahewa – December 2019

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“Build new leaders through inclusion and support” featuring Lanakila Mangauil – January 2020

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Creating a Network of Knowledge Via Mele featuring Zachary Alakaʻi Lum

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Service is the path to leadership featuring Lahela Williams

Take the time to listen featuring Marcus Kawika Iwane

Commit to a better future featuring Shalene Kamakaʻala


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OHA introduces new Mahi ʻAi Agricultural Loan

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OHA Chair Calls Out ‘Undemocratic Behavior’ at Capitol

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OHA Trustees reject proposal from House Speaker

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OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey’s statement on today’s victory in the OHA v. Kondo lawsuit

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OHA announces 12 grant solicitations to support Native Hawaiians

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