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OHA and the State Department of Human Services collaborate on Native Hawaiian data related to COVID-19

HONOLULU (June 26, 2020) – OHA and the Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today a collaboration whereby DHS will share Native Hawaiian data tables from its programs with OHA to help assess the impacts COVID-19 is having on…

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Survey launched to assess local views on the future of Hawaiʻi’s economy

HONOLULU (June 1, 2020) – OHA, Liliʻuokalani Trust and Kamehameha Schools launched a new survey today to better understand what Native Hawaiians and non-Native Hawaiians think the state’s economy should look like after the pandemic. Hawaiʻi’s Economy: Visions of a Better…

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New report details challenges, needs & potential of Hawaiian businesses during & after pandemic

HONOLULU (May 29, 2020)  – While Native Hawaiian businesses are experiencing “sudden, severe, and lasting impacts” from COVID-19, they may play a crucial role in Hawaiʻi’s economic recovery because they are less dependent on the tourism industry, according to a new report released today. “As expected, the report…

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OHA Board approves $3 million in COVID-19 emergency relief funds

HONOLULU (May 8, 2020) – The OHA Board of Trustees today announced the approval of a $3-million emergency relief package to help individual beneficiaries as well as Native Hawaiian communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis. “The…

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OHA provides $450,000 to support community efforts to feed kūpuna during crisis

HONOLULU (April 14, 2020) – OHA announced today the launch of Kaiāulu Meals, a $450,000 program that partners with a statewide network of community organizations to deliver 12 weeks of locally-sourced food to nearly 1,500 kūpuna in need. “The kūpuna are the…

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OHA urges Governor to increase relief for Hawaiʻi renters

Honolulu (April 1, 2020) – OHA Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Hussey sent a letter yesterday to Gov. David Ige urging the adoption of additional policies to close critical gaps left by the new federal moratorium on evictions and the state’s…

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OHA files motion for summary judgement in Maunakea lawsuit

On Monday, March 2, 2020, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in connection with its lawsuit against the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi over their continuous mismanagement of Maunakea. “It is beyond…

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Cambridge iwi repatriation

Group of Native Hawaiians to bring home iwi kūpuna housed at English institution for over a century

CAMBRIDGE, England (February 29, 2020) ­– OHA and a hui of cultural practitioners today received 20 iwi kūpuna (ancestral bones) housed for over a century at the University of Cambridge, ending a decade-long effort to return the Native Hawaiian remains to Hawaiʻi….

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OHA scholarship deadline is March 2

HONOLULU (February 25, 2020) ­– Native Hawaiian students have one more week to submit their applications for the Hoʻonaʻauao Higher Education Scholarship Program, a partnership between OHA and the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program. Applications…

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OHA asks court to determine whether Trustees must turnover attorney-client privileged information to the State Auditor

HONOLULU (February 14, 2020)  ­– OHA filed a complaint today asking the First Circuit Court for a declaratory judgment on whether trustees must provide the State Auditor with attorney-client privileged information, with the hope that a court decision will help clear…

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