OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Lava Aid

Who is qualified?

Residents of Puna (one per household) affected by the June 27, 2014 lava flow whose primary residence is located within a mandatory evacuation zone designated by Hawai‘i County officials, and who are 18 years or older and:

  • Native Hawaiian OR
  • Applicants who are registering as a parent or legal guardian or Native Hawaiian minors (individuals under age 18)

What aid will be provided?

OHA will provide a one-time, one per household $500 support to qualified families. (Processing time from application submission to receipt of check is approximately two weeks.)

How do I apply?

  1. Complete an application form
  2. Complete W-9 form
  3. Gather Hawaiian verification and 2 proof of residency documents
  4. Submit application, W-9 and documents in person to the OHA Hilo office:  162-A Baker Ave.

Where can I get more information?

  1. Call OHA offices:
    • O‘ahu: 594-1835
    • Kona: 327-9525
    • Hilo: 920-6418
  2. Ask at Hilo OHA office:  162-A Baker Ave.
  3. View the quick overview, the full Guidlines, and Process documentation.

Accepted forms of Native Hawaiian verification

  1. Birth certificate AND government-issued photo-ID
  2. OR OHA Hawaiian Registry Card

Accepted proof of residency documentation

Current documents demonstrating permanent residence at an address in a designated lava evacuation zone. (2 required)

  1.  Utility bill
  2.  Mortgage statement
  3.  Rental agreement
  4.  Rent receipt (w/ address)
  5.  Letter from landlord
  6.  Bank statement
  7.  Car registration
  8.  2013 tax return
  9.  Voter registration

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