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OHA statement on unauthorized release of draft audit

Statement of OHA Chair Colette Machado: OHA appreciates that the role of the Auditor is to provide an independent and objective analysis of OHA to assist us in better fulfilling our mandate of improving the conditions of Native Hawaiians. We…

Photo: Native Hawaiians marching on the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom

ʻOnipaʻa Kākou 2018

On January 17, 2018, we gathered to observe the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Here are a few photos that capture the day, starting with the march from Maunaʻala to ʻIolani Palace, to the raising of…

Photo: Kaleikoa Kaeo

OHA statement on judge’s recall of bench warrant in Maui court hearing

STATEMENT OF OHA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER KAMANAʻOPONO CRABBE The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is relieved that the Maui District judge has recalled the bench warrant for University of Hawaiʻi professor Kaleikoa Kaʻeo and appreciates that the State Judiciary will be…

Photo: Kaleikoa Kaʻeo

OHA statement on judge’s denial of ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi use in Maui court hearing

Statement of OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamanaʻopono Crabbe The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is deeply disturbed and offended that Hawaiian studies assistant professor Kaleikoa Kaʻeo was prohibited from defending himself in ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi during his court hearing today and that…

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OHA releases book on mana

HONOLULU (Nov. 20, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) today released a book that explores mana, a foundation of Hawaiian culture and identity that is often referred to as supernatural power but, as the new publication reveals, is…

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OHA files lawsuit against state for mismanagement of Mauna Kea

HONOLULU (Nov. 8, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) filed a lawsuit yesterday in First Circuit Court against the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) for their longstanding and well-documented mismanagement of Mauna Kea. OHA’s…

Photo: Kamanaʻopono Crabbe with Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners

Iwi kūpuna returning home from Germany after more than a century

HONOLULU (October 26, 2017) – Human remains stolen from burial caves in Hawaiʻi and taken to Germany more than a century ago are finally returning to home. The group of Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, which included OHA Chief Executive Officer…

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OHA Board approves $3 million to go directly to charter schools

HONOLULU (October 19, 2017) – The OHA Board of Trustees today approved distributing $3 million directly to Hawaiian-focused charter schools over the next two years, changing the way OHA provides its longstanding support to the schools to maximize the amount…

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OHA’s statement on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s report summary on national monuments

HONOLULU (August 24, 2017) – OHA recognizes that Interior Secretary Zinke and the Department of the Interior were tasked with an enormous undertaking in reviewing the presidential actions relating to 27 national monuments, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We…

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OHA loan programs move to new office

OHA’s Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF) program and Consumer Micro-Loan Program (CMLP) will be moving to new office space at Nā Lama Kukui this week. The move will create a storefront presence for NHRLF and CMLP, which will increase…