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OHA hires new Chief Operating Officer

HONOLULU (October 3, 2018) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today announced the selection of Sylvia Hussey, Ed.D., as the agency’s new Ka Pou Nui (Chief Operating Officer), whose responsibilities will include helping to oversee the agency’s day-to-day operations…

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OHA to host Kūlia Grant orientation sessions on Kauaʻi

LĪHUʻE (October 2, 2018) – OHA will host two orientation sessions on Kauaʻi on October 4 for its new $500,000 pilot grants program, which will offer smaller, one-year funding awards for projects that benefit the Native Hawaiian community. The Kauaʻi…

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OHA now accepting applications for its Kūlia Grants Program

HONOLULU (September 26, 2018) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has launched a $500,000 pilot grants program that will provide smaller, one-year grant awards for projects that benefit the Native Hawaiian community and align with the agency’s broad strategic priority…

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UH’s proposed rules fall short of ensuring appropriate stewardship of Maunakea

OHA submitted formal testimony to the University of Hawaiʻi stating that the University’s proposed administrative rules for Maunakea “fall short” of ensuring appropriate stewardship for the sacred mountain. Enacted in 2009, Act 132 authorizes the University of Hawaiʻi’s Board of…

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OHA statement on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    STATEMENT OF OHA CHAIR COLETTE MACHADO ON U.S. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH HONOLULU (Sept. 12, 2018) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) joins U.S Senator Mazie Hirono in calling the nation’s attention to Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme positions on…

Tropical Storm Olivia: OHA Office Closures

OHA office closures due to Tropical Storm Olivia

As of Thursday, September 13, 2018, all OHA offices statewide are open for business. Due to incoming Tropical Storm Olivia, the OHA offices on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi, will be closed on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. We urge all affected…

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OHA now accepting applications for its grants program for events

HONOLULU (September 4, 2018)  – Organizations in need of financial assistance to hold community events may apply for funding from OHA’s ‘Ahahui Grants Program until the September 21 deadline. OHA’s ʻAhahui Grants program provides funding to support eligible organizations hosting community events that…

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OHA emergency funds distributed to lava flow victims

Hawaiʻi Island (August 22, 2018) — A second batch of checks from OHA’s natural disaster relief program were released today to 55 Native Hawaiian households to help them cope with the devastating impacts from the recent lava flows in Puna. “We…

Hurricane Lane OHA Office Closures

OHA office closures due to Hurricane Lane

UPDATE: All OHA Offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, August 27, 2018. Due to incoming Hurricane Lane, all OHA offices and services are closed until further notice. We urge all of our beneficiaries to please prepare your homes…

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Hundreds protest Aloha Poke Company

CHICAGO (August 13, 2018) – Two hundred protestors rallied today against Aloha Poke Company’s aggressive efforts to assert ownership over the Native Hawaiian word “aloha.” Protestors marched from the Millennium Monument to the Aloha Poke Company on Clark Street, where…