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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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Nation Building: Trustees extend key timeline

HONOLULU (July 24, 2014) – Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced today that they have extended the timetable for the nation-building process they previously committed to facilitate. The six-month extension is expected to allow OHA more time to…

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OHA and Kaua‘i community stand up for water rights

KAUA‘I (July 22, 2014) – Maka‘ala Ka‘aumoana is among the dozens of unsung people trying to do right by their communities in the fierce legal battles over public rights to an increasingly vital treasure – water. The 67-year-old Native Hawaiian…

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OHA’s comments support rulemaking

HONOLULU (July 15, 2014) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice strongly supporting federal rulemaking that would reestablish a government-to-government relationship with a Native Hawaiian government …

Photo: Neil Abercrombie with OHA Trustees

OHA helps pass important health bill

HONOLULU (June 30, 2014) – A bill signed into law today commits the state government to taking a comprehensive and modernized approach to eliminating critical health disparities…


OHA loan helps Moloka‘I family stay together

MOLOKA‘I (June 24, 2014) – For hunter, fisherman and carpenter Yama Kaholo‘a‘a, his list of feats since moving to Moloka‘i more than 30 years ago is as long it is varied, including teaching teens from broken homes survival skills in…

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OHA applauds Obama administration

HONOLULU — Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Colette Machado and Ka Pouhana/CEO Kamana’opono Crabbe issued a joint statement today commending the Obama Administration …


OHA urges families to utilize housing program

HONOLULU (May 13, 2014) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is urging eligible families to take advantage of a new opportunity to get on Honolulu’s waitlist for the Section-8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Needy families have from May 15 to…

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Kūkulu Hou: A vision for OHA

When the trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs were considering candidates for the recently vacated chief executive officer position, they were captivated by the metaphorical concepts of Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Ph.D., their research director. For the past two years, Crabbe had been preaching the concept of Kūkulu Hou, literally a rebuilding, but also a metaphor for building of a hale, or home, and the hard work it would take to do so.