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OHA's Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program: Now Accepting Applications

OHA’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Starting June 1, 2021, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is making $1,044,253 available to implement an emergency financial assistance program for Native Hawaiians.  OHA’s Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program is being administered by Hawaiʻi Community Lending (HCL), a Native Hawaiian community development financial institution.

OHA is encouraging Native Hawaiians who are at least 18 years old and in financial hardship – to review program requirements and apply. No income requirements apply.

Ka Wailele will provide grants up to $1,500 for past due rent, mortgage, utilities and rent deposits to an estimated 520 households that can prove Native Hawaiian ancestry, Hawaiʻi residency, financial hardship, and need for housing and/or utility assistance.  Native Hawaiians are limited to receive OHA emergency financial assistance one-time every two years.

Emergency Financial Assistance Program Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Online application at www.KaWailele.org
  2. By phone at  (808) 587-7656 (requires the (808) to be dialed)
  3. In-person at a Financial Opportunity Center listed below, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

200 N Vineyard Boulevard, Suite B140 Honolulu, HI 96817

24 N Church Street, Suite 210 Wailuku, HI 96793

Molokaʻi /Lānaʻi (Remote Site)
University of Hawaii Molokaʻi Education Center
375 Kamehameha V Highway Kaunakakai, HI 96748
808-553-4490, ext. 6
Open Mon & Wed, 8:30a to 4:30p

East Hawaiʻi – Reopens June 14, 2021
1315 Kalanianaʻole Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720

West Hawaiʻi (Remote Site) – Reopens June 16, 2021
La’i’ōpua 2020, 74-5210 Keanalehu Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 9674
808-587-7656 (requires the (808) to be dialed)
Open Mon-Fri, 9a-4p

4523 Ioane Road, Anahola, HI 96703

** All eligible Kahiau (CNHA program) applicants will be contacted and have until June 5 to respond to HCL’s communication. If no response if received by the deadline, applicants will need to apply again through HCL. If applicants are not contacted by HCL by June 1, they can assume their Kahiau application was ineligible and will need to reapply for assistance through HCL. Unfortunately, we do not have information on why CNHA deemed any applicant ineligible.



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