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What the Truck?! event debuts this Friday at Kakaʻako Makai

HONOLULU (August 11, 2022)– What the Truck?! is a new event debuting this Friday – Aug. 12, 2022 – at Kakaʻako Makai.  The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., features food, shopping, and Hawaiian music at the old Fisherman’s Wharf location…

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OHA Board Chair statement commending newly appointed members of the National Advisory Committee On Reconciliation In Place Names

HONOLULU (August 11, 2022) – On Aug. 9, United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the members of the Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names, a federal advisory group formed to help identify and recommend changes to…

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NAJA Media Awards honor Ka Wai Ola News for overall excellence

HONOLULU (August 2, 2022) – Ka Wai Ola News, the print and online publication of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, was recently honored with three overall excellence accolades from the Native American Journalist Association (NAJA) Native Media Awards. The awards are for work…

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OHA awards $1.36 million to four community nonprofits to address Native Hawaiian economic and health needs

HONOLULU (July 26, 2022) – A $498,660 award to the Purple Maiʻa Foundation for its Mālama Design Studio is one of four grants in a $1.36 million grants package approved today by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.   The Mālama Design Studio is intended to educate 20…

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OHA Board Chair statement on state designating July 31 “A Special Day Of Observance” remembering Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea

At the state capitol this morning, Gov. David Ige held a commemorative bill presentation marking the passage of HB2475, which designates July 31 of each year as a special day of observance in honor of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, or Sovereignty Restoration Day. In 1843, Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea commemorated the…

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Statement by OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey on Act 226 being signed into law by Gov. David Ige

On June 27, Gov. David Ige signed into law Act 226 which establishes $21.6 million as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ new interim annual share of the proceeds of the Public Land Trust beginning in fiscal year 2023; appropriates $64 million…

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OHA awards more than $600,000 in grants to support Native Hawaiian education and community events

HONOLULU (June 28, 2022) – A $220,000 community grant to support the Hoʻokākoʻo Corporation’s “Ke Awa Ho‘omalu (Safe Harbor)” program is one of three education-focused grant awards announced today by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The two-year OHA grant will increase access for school-aged Native Hawaiian children and their families…

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OHA hosts Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit

HONOLULU (May 31, 2022) – A special one-day Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit was held today in Liliʻuokalani Hall at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ headquarters in Nā Lama Kukui. On display were 14 Hawaiian quilts 45” by 45” which were then handed…

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OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola film wins a Telly Award

OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola short film has won a Telly Award. The 25-minute film features stories and perspectives from the Native Hawaiian community tied to the framework of OHA’s 2020-2035 Mana i Mauli Ola (Strength to Wellbeing) Strategic Plan.

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Hawaiian ancestral human remains and treasures repatriated from Ireland

HONOLULU (May 24, 2022) – Following ongoing dialogue with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and Hui Iwi Kuamoʻo, the National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) hosted an official handover ceremony at Ulster Museum in Belfast this month and successfully repatriated iwi kūpuna (ancestral Hawaiian human remains) and five mea makamae…

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