OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Health 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 health grants were designed to decrease chronic disease rates through the reduction of obesity and improve family lifestyle choices through the increase of first trimester prenatal care. The programs sought would provide family-centered, community-based services.

The following organizations are currently providing services through a fiscal biennium 2016-2017 OHA health grant:


  • Kōkua Kalihi Valley – $286,000: Serves the ‘ohana’s continuum of health needs across all stages of life through fertility, pregnancy, birthing and post-partum workshops, food gathering and preparation and cultural knowledge sharing on traditional healing practices. www.kkv.net
  • I Ola Lāhui  – $360,000: Provides evidence-based behavioral health interventions that are culturally minded and individually tailored to promote health behavior changes known to reduce body weight and body mass index, improve obesity-related health risks as well as increase health knowledge. www.iolalahui.org
  • The Salvation Army – $224,000: Provides obesity prevention and intervention to pregnant women and mothers undergoing substance abuse treatment through culturally appropriate health education and exercise combined with healthy meals and snacks that incorporate traditional foods. www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org/hawaii/fts


  • Kualapuʻu Public Conversion Charter School – $270,512: To reduce the rate of childhood obesity in students in grades K-6 and empower students and families in making positive health choices through a school-based initiative that integrates physical activity, health and nutrition education, and family engagement with in-school student support and clinical health services. kualapuuschool.weebly.com


  • The Queen’s Medical Center – $380,000: Provides an activity program in Hana that includes gardening, walking, lauhala weaving and fish netting that will decrease obesity, improve blood pressure, and improve physical functioning and psychological well-being. Queensmedicalcenter.org/native-hawaiian-health-program


  • Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island – $230,000: To strengthen health for Native Hawaiian and other Club members by skillfully instilling healthy lifelong fitness and diet habits in the youth of 3 Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island communities through culturally responsive minds- and bodies-involved experiential healthy lifestyles education delivered by caring Club mentors. www.bgcbi.org

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