OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

OHA statement on Maui Mayor Arakawa’s comments

Pōhaku (rocks) are a cornerstone of Native Hawaiian material and living culture, providing not only a vast array of utilitarian uses such as tools, vessels, weights, and building materials, but also immense spiritual and political importance for the Native Hawaiian…

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OHA donates musical instruments to Stevenson Middle to replace stolen items

Hawaiʻi State Department of Education News Release  HONOLULU (Feb. 16, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) donated four musical instruments to Stevenson Middle School, which serves a large Native Hawaiian community, to replace those that were stolen last week….

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Film shares the inspirational journey home of Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s treasures

HONOLULU (February 14, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will host a series of free public screenings throughout the state in February and March for its film documenting the historic return of Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s sacred cloak and helmet,…

Photo: Colette Machado

OHA trustees select new chair and leadership

HONOLULU (February 9, 2017) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees selected Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi Trustee Colette Y. Machado as its new chair today. Chair Machado succeeds At-Large Trustee Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, Ph.D., who was installed as acting chair…


OHA Board moves to re-organize leadership

HONOLULU – (February 2, 2017) At-Large Trustee Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, Ph.D., became the acting chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) after trustees voted to re-organize board leadership today. Trustee Ahu Isa was named acting OHA chair after a…

Photo: Children and Legislators at the Hawaii State Capitol hold the Bill Approving Olelo Hawaii Month

OHA celebrates ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi month

By Treena Shapiro You may have noticed Ka Wai Ola’s cover looks different this month – more like a pre-statehood ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i nūpepa than OHA’s regular monthly offering. It’s OHA’s way of marking ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i month, as February was officially…

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OHA becomes Papahānaumokuākea co-trustee

HONOLULU (Jan. 12, 2017) – In a historic move today, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), the state and two federal departments formalized an agreement adding OHA as a co-trustee of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The updated Memorandum of Agreement…

Ka Wai Ola: Lei Hulu

Investiture charts a new course for OHA

Story by Lindsey Kesel appears in the Jan. 2017 Ka Wai Ola The hopeful spirit of the Investiture Ceremony, as well as the overarching mission of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, was beautifully captured in this year’s theme: “Inā ua…

Photo: Photo: Staff from Hawaii Gourmet Cookies hold a $500,000 check

OHA issues $500,000 loan to support Native Hawaiian owned business

HONOLULU (Dec. 29, 2016) – Before 2016 comes to a close, the OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Program finalized a Hua Kanu business loan that provides $500,000 to Native Hawaiian business owner Michael Ching to expand his business, Hawaii Gourmet…

Photo: Kamanao Crabbe

Building a sturdy foundation for the benefit of the lāhui

Prepared remarks of Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe, Ph.D., OHA Ka Pouhana/Chief Executive Officer for delivery at the 2016 Office of Hawaiian Affairs Investiture on Dec. 9, 2016 at Central Union Church, Honolulu.  Me ke welina a ke aloha e nā kini, ka lehu, o ka mano e…

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