• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Instagram
OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Lalo is one of the many wahi pana (storied places) located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Photo by Kaʻaleleo Brad Wong

OHA applauds PMNM expansion

HONOLULU (Aug. 25, 2016) — In response to the release made by the White House Press Office to elevate the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to a monument Co-Trustee and expand the boundaries of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, OHA Ka Pouhana/Chief Executive Officer Kamanaʻopono Crabbe issued the following statement:

“OHA applauds President Obama’s decision to elevate the voice of Native Hawaiians in the management of the lands and waters in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Papahānaumokuākea is critical to Native Hawaiian spiritual wellbeing, and this action by the President helps revive our connection to our kūpuna islands and reinforce our understanding of Hawaiʻi as a contiguous spiritual and cultural seascape.

Thanks to the President’s decision, these resources will be better protected for generations to come.

The elevation of OHA to a Co-Trustee position rightfully places the Native Hawaiian voice at all levels of decision making in the governance of Papahānaumokuākea. This has been a ten year effort to achieve this position and this success marks the beginning of a new era of collaboration for the co-managers of the area to fulfill the tremendous responsibility of protecting and caring for this sacred place.”


Blue icon thumb

OHA awards more than $2.7 million in grants to community nonprofits

Photo: Hailama Farden

OHA selects Hailama Farden as Senior Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs

Photo: OHA Press Conference

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

King Kalakaua

OHA celebrates Kalākaua’s legacy & advocacy at Merrie Monarch

Pohala Mai

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