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Makahiki Kuilima is one of 20 events supported by the FY2020 OHA ʻAhahui Grants. Makahiki Kuilima features traditional Hawaiian games such as hukihuki.

OHA approves $103,000 in event grants

HONOLULU (Nov. 1, 2019) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced the selection of 20 community events that will receive a total of $103,000 from OHA’s ʻAhahui Grants Program.

“OHA is proud to support these organizations hosting events that will promote health, education, culture and land-based activities across the state for our Lāhui and the broader public,” said Sylvia Hussey, OHA Interim Chief Executive Officer and Ka Pouhana Kūikawā.

OHA’s ʻAhahui Grants Program provides funding to support eligible organizations hosting community events that benefit the Native Hawaiian community and align with OHA’s Strategic Results. The 20 community events represent the ʻAhahui Grants Program’s second round of awardees for Fiscal Year 2020. These events will occur between Jan. 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

For more information on the ‘Ahahui Grants Program, please visit https://oha.org/grants.

The second round of Fiscal Year 2020 ‘Ahahui Grants Program awardees are:


  1. Organization: Ka Hale Pono, Inc.
    Amount: $5,000
    Project: 10th Annual Anahola Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration
    Island: Kaua‘i
    Since 2011, Ka Hale Pono Inc. continues to promote, manage and execute the annual Anahola Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration, which features educational, cultural, health and art activities; live performances; and food booths. The 2020 event will reaffirm the leadership, stewardship and vision of Prince Kūhiō.
  2. Organization: Kaikeha, Inc.
    Amount: $3,000
    Project: 2nd Annual Garden Island Boogie Board Classic
    Island: Kaua‘i
    This community-based, two-day boogie boarding contest at Prince Kūhiō Beach will offer competitive divisions for youth, adults, masters, amateurs and professionals . The grantee will be conducting extensive outreach to the Native Hawaiian community for youth participation. The event will improve the healthy well-being of youth and adults by creating a drug-free event that promotes a healthy lifestyle of exercise and friendly competition.
  3. Organization: Maui Family Support Services, Inc.
    Amount: $4,000
    Project: Nā Mākua Kāne – Celebration of Fathers
    Island: Maui
    In addition to promoting the importance of father involvement in the lives of children and families, Nā Mākua Kāne – Celebration of Fathers is a perfect venue for encouraging fathers and other male caregivers to take a leadership role in their families’ economic and emotional stability, and connect Native Hawaiian families to community services.
  4. Organization: Waiʻanae Coast Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
    Amount: $4,000
    Project: Waiʻanae Coast Keiki Spring Fest
    Island: O‘ahu
    This community resource fair will feature about 50 service provider tables and eight community services offering program information, activities and exhibits to families residing on the Waiʻanae Coast.


  5. Organization: Molokaʻi Land Trust
    Amount: $6,000
    Project: Molokaʻi Land Trust Open House & Return to the ʻĀina Event
    Island: Moloka‘i
    A two-day event for our multi-generational community. Day one will serve as a volunteer event at Mokio Preserve to engage kanaka in restoration activities and to learn about the historical fishing site. The second day is an open house to welcome community and provide information about the restoration project.
  6. Organization: Read To Me International Foundation
    Amount: $4,000
    Project: 2020 Literacy Conference
    Island: O‘ahu
    The literacy conference will feature one nationally recognized children’s author, an education practitioner, and breakout sessions led by literacy subject matter experts who will address culturally responsive teaching. Conference speakers will be knowledgeable in the areas of reading and/or writing, and will share their expertise with conferees.


  7. Organization: Pōhāhā I Ka Lani
    Amount: $8,100
    Project: Mahina ʻAi
    Island: Hawaiʻi
    Mahina ‘Ai means to plant fields in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i. This event will include five workshops with mālama ‘āina activities to teach participants about Hawaiian farming, indigenous crops, mo‘olelo, and cultural practices relevant to this wahi pana. Workshops will be led by experienced practitioners, and attendees will receive lunch made with native foods.


  8. Organization: ʻAha Pūnana Leo, Inc.
    Amount: $8,100
    Project: Pūlama Mauli Ola
    Island: Hawai‘i
    Pūlama Mauli Ola is our unified Hawaiian language and culture event for the community to witness and be immersed in the life of the Hawaiian language, and learn about our history through cultural activities, performances and demonstrations.
  9. Organization: Daughters of Hawaiʻi
    Amount: $7,000
    Project: Day at Huliheʻe Palace
    Island: Hawaiʻi
    Day at Huliheʻe Palace will be held on March 28, 2020. This event is the Daughters of Hawai‘i’s free one-day celebration of Hawaiian history, culture and language. A tradition for 39 years at the historic Hulihe‘e Palace, the day includes free museum admission; hula and mele; interactive ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, kū‘i ‘ai and lauhala activities; and Hawaiian food lei and craft vendors.
  10. Organization: Friends of the Palace Theater
    Amount: $2,500
    Project: Made in Hawaiʻi Film Festival
    Island: Hawaiʻi
    The Made in Hawaiʻi Film Festival showcases the best of Hawaiʻi-made independent films over a weekend-long festival. In addition to film programming, we bring top industry creatives to talk to our audience through speaker sessions and filmmaker talk-backs. For 2020, we are expanding our Native Hawaiian programming and outreach efforts.
  11. Organization: Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
    Amount: $6,700
    Project: Kaua‘i Ocean Fest
    Island: Kaua‘i
    The Kauaʻi Ocean Fest celebrates and explores the ocean that connects us through guest speakers, panel discussions, informational displays and documentaries on current topics including humpback whales, Hawaiian language and culture, ʻohana activities and much more. Our partners are committed to creating an educational and innovative space together.
  12. Organization: East Maui Taro Festival
    Amount: $10,000
    Project: 28th Annual East Maui Taro Festival
    Island: Maui
    This all-day festival will include hands-on cultural activities; a farmers market; locally made arts and crafts; food booths featuring taro dishes; nonprofit information booths; oli; hula; and mele. The event is held in the Hāna Ballpark and admission is free.
  13. Organization: Ka Moloka‘i Makahiki, Inc.
    Amount: $8,100
    Project: Ka Moloka‘i Makahiki 2020
    Island: Moloka‘i
    Ka Moloka‘i Makahiki will include educational lectures; opening ceremonies; three days of athletic competitions for youth and adults; entertainment; food and craft booth sales by nonprofit organizations; and cultural events to help educate the community on the importance of observing Makahiki.
  14. Organization: Hui Mākua Pūnana Leo O Molokaʻi
    Amount: $4,000
    Project: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month Celebration
    Island: Moloka‘i
    This event brings together the Molokaʻi community and all of the Hawaiian immersion students from preschool to high school and their families to celebrate ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month, our language, and our culture through mele, hula, oli, haʻi ‘ōlelo, demonstrations and competitions.
  15. Organization: Saint Louis School
    Amount: $8,500
    Project: Ko Kula Uka, Ko Kula Kai – Kalo a ʻUpena
    Island: O‘ahu
    Ko Kula Uka, Ko Kula Kai – Kalo a ʻUpena is a multi-day event that will feature workshops and presentations about kalo and ʻupena. Our ʻāina, both land and sea, provide for us all that we need to sustain and survive. Ko Kula Uka, Ko Kula Kai – Kalo a ʻUpena will showcase the traditions of kalo and Hāloa, and the fishing traditions of ʻupena.
  16. Organization: Ulu Aʻe Learning Center
    Amount: $3,500
    Project: Kapuʻuola Hula Festival (KHF)
    Island: O‘ahu
    KHF is an all-day, outdoor festival held on the pā hula (hula mound) at Puʻuokapolei. It includes performances by eight hālau hula, each conducting a 25-minute presentation of hula and chant. There will also be entertainment from Hawaiian music groups, a silent auction, cultural demonstrations, keiki activities, family craft booths, and food vendors.
  17. Organization: Kai Loa, Inc.
    Amount: $3,000
    Project: Makahiki Kuilima 2020
    Island: Oʻahu
    Makahiki Kuilima is a significant cultural event featuring traditional Hawaiian games and food; native artisans, crafters and demonstrations; and hula. The purpose of the event is to perpetuate, educate, and share Hawaiian cultural traditions, values, and practices through Makahiki traditions.
  18. Organization: Purple Maiʻa Foundation
    Amount: $2,500
    Project: Purple Prize
    Island: O‘ahu
    The Kickoff Day starts the Purple Prize, our annual innovation competition and incubator. We use Kickoff Day to hold a large community event that fosters discussion and learning about indigenous innovation past and present, with a focus on Native Hawaiian achievements in technology and approaches to innovation today that are culturally aligned.
  19. Organization: Hui O Hauʻula
    Amount: $2,500
    Project: Hauʻula Hoʻolauleʻa 2020
    Island: O‘ahu
    Hoʻolauleʻa 2020 is a one-day event in Hauʻula connecting participants to Native Hawaiian cultural heritage and practices, including music; hula; wood carving; poi pounding; weaving; lei making; lāʻau lapaʻau; traditional food; nā kilo ʻāina activities that to help us to assess watershed health; and stories about the stewardship of Maunawila Heiau.
  20. Organization: Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation
    Amount: $2,500
    Project: Native Hawaiian Organizations and Section 106: ACHP Online Course Presentation & Panel Discussion
    Island: O‘ahu
    The event will present an online course developed by the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs to promote a better understanding among Native Hawaiian Organizations and members of the Native Hawaiian community of the Section 106 process and federal undertakings that affect cultural resources.


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