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OHA releases book on mana

HONOLULU (Nov. 20, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today released a book that explores mana, a foundation of Hawaiian culture and identity that is often referred to as supernatural power but, as the new publication reveals, is…

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OHA files lawsuit against state for mismanagement of Mauna Kea

HONOLULU (Nov. 8, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) filed a lawsuit yesterday in First Circuit Court against the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) for their longstanding and well-documented mismanagement of Mauna Kea. OHA’s…

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Iwi kūpuna returning home from Germany after more than a century

HONOLULU (October 26, 2017) – Human remains stolen from burial caves in Hawaiʻi and taken to Germany more than a century ago are finally returning to home. The group of Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, which included OHA Chief Executive Officer…

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OHA Board approves $3 million to go directly to charter schools

HONOLULU (October 19, 2017) – The OHA Board of Trustees today approved distributing $3 million directly to Hawaiian-focused charter schools over the next two years, changing the way OHA provides its longstanding support to the schools to maximize the amount…

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OHA’s statement on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s report summary on national monuments

HONOLULU (August 24, 2017) – OHA recognizes that Interior Secretary Zinke and the Department of the Interior were tasked with an enormous undertaking in reviewing the presidential actions relating to 27 national monuments, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We…


OHA loan programs move to new office

OHA’s Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF) program and Consumer Micro-Loan Program (CMLP) will be moving to new office space at Nā Lama Kukui this week. The move will create a storefront presence for NHRLF and CMLP, which will increase…

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OHA CEO Statement On Haleakalā Demonstration

HONOLULU (August 4, 2017) – “OHA is deeply concerned by reports that police allegedly used excessive force during the peaceful Haleakalā telescope demonstration on Aug. 2. OHA urges state officials to investigate the incident and evaluate whether the use of force…


OHA moves forward with long-term fiscal sustainability

HONOLULU (July 25, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will begin shortly taking a number of important steps to strengthen the agency’s long-term fiscal sustainability, in an initiative intended to ensure that its $572 million in capital and…

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OHA seeks community input for its Wahiawā lands master plan

WAHIAWĀ (July 14, 2017) – More than 40 individuals attended a meeting last night to share their manaʻo about how the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) should move forward with managing its 511 acres of agricultural land in Wahiawā, which surrounds…

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OHA statement on the enactment of House Bill 451, relating to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act

HONOLULU (July 5, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs commends the Governor for signing HB451 today, and applauds the Legislature for its diligence on this bill during the legislative session. In addition, we especially want to recognize the hard…

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