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OHA Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina and Kula

On April 10, 2024, the Office of Hawaii Affairs (OHA) launched the OHA Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina & Kula to provide direct financial assistance to impacted Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula. The grant funds will support the empowerment of impacted Native Hawaiians to determine their own greatest needs, to meet those needs in the face of disaster, and improve the economic stability of Native Hawaiians.

THE APPLICATION FORM IS NOW LIVE

ELIGIBILITY

The OHA Kanaaho Grants will provide critical support to Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

  • It is the first disbursement of the $5 million in disaster aid funding that the OHA Board of Trustees approved to support wildfire survivors.
  • A $9,000 grant will be awarded to eligible homeowners who experienced hardship; while a $4,000 grant will be awarded to eligible renters who experienced hardship.

Who can apply for aid?

  • OHA’s Kanaaho Grants will be distributed to qualified head of households that meet the grant application criteria.
  • The applicant must be 1) Native Hawaiian, 2) provide proof of residency,  3) provide proof of homeownership or renter status and 4) a completed W-9 form is also required for payment purposes only. The relief aid will not be taxed. Please download the W-9 from www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

Wildfire survivors who resided in the wildfire impact zones are advised to collect their documentation so they can submit a complete application on April 10, 2024.

Download the Kanaaho Grant checklist of required documents 

The application period opens on April 10 and OHA will accept aid applications for a 6 month period.

As we continue along the lengthy recovery process, our hope at OHA is that we support one another, uplift one another, and rebuild together as a community united in aloha.

Need Kōkua?

  • Visit the OHA Maui Office
    • We will have computer stations set up and staff to help upload your documents 
    • We will have modified hours to serve kānaka at the OHA Maui Office
      • Wed. – Fri., April 10-12: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • Sat., April 13: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
      • Mon. – Thurs., April 15-18: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
      • Friday, April 19: Closed for application processing
  • Community Outreach
    • OHA will be at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center
      • 4/15 – 4/16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      • 4/17 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • OHA Offices Statewide
    • During the initial two week application period from 4/10 to 4/19 our staff will be working at the Maui Office to provide kōkua to our beneficiaries. Only the Molokaʻi and Kona Offices will be available to kōkua with grant application submissions.
    • Starting on April 22, 2024, Beneficiary Services Agents will be available at all OHA Offices statewide to provide kōkua with grant application submissions.

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