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OHA selects Hailama Farden as Senior Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs

HONOLULU (April 1, 2024) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced today that veteran educator and Native Hawaiian community leader Hailama Farden has been named Senior Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs. The newly created position will be responsible for…

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OHA to launch Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina and Kula residents affected by wildfires

LAHAINA, KULA — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has announced the upcoming launch of the OHA Kanaaho Grant, providing critical support to homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula. This grant aims to assist…

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OHA celebrates Kalākaua’s legacy & advocacy at Merrie Monarch

Nā Hanana o OHA cultural workshops, panel discussions and parade float planned HILO (March 21, 2024) —During the week of the 61st Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will present Nā Hanana o OHA community engagement…

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OHA seeks nonprofit to administer $1.66 million emergency financial assistance program

HONOLULU (March 15, 2024) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has announced the availability of a new grant solicitation for a nonprofit organization to administer its emergency financial assistance program, the Pohala Mai – ʻOhana Experiencing Financial Hardship Grant….

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs fills four key executive positions

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced the recent appointments of four lāhui leaders who will serve as directors on its executive leadership team.

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OHA trustees approve $1.5 million for the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture to be hosted by Hawaiʻi in June

HONOLULU (March 6, 2024) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be noted as a major sponsor of the world’s largest celebration of Indigenous Pacific Islanders when Hawaiʻi hosts the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture, commonly known as…

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OHA selects Niniau Kawaihae as Director of Community Engagement

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has named Hawaiʻi Island native Niniau Kawaihae as its new Director of Community Engagement.

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OHA releases $6.87 million in grant solicitations

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced the release of 10 grant solicitations totaling $6.87 million intended to aid the Native Hawaiian community.

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OHA wins $2.2 million grant award for revitalization projects at its Wahiawā Lands

Reforestation, agroforestry, native seed orchard, education and agricultural workforce training projects planned with community partners

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OHA lawsuit seeks repeal of the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority

On Jan. 17, 2024, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) filed a Circuit Court lawsuit challenging the legality and constitutionality of Act 255 which established the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority (Authority).

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