OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Fiscal Years 2018-2019 Grantees

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded $6 million in grants for fiscal years 2018-2019 to 23 organizations whose projects benefit the Native Hawaiian community.

The Programmatic Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations whose projects and programs align with OHA’s strategic priorities in the areas of culture, land & water, economic self-sufficiency, education and health. We understand that of the many services we provide to our beneficiaries – including research, advocacy and managing our lands – these community grants are especially critical because they make a difference in the lives of individual Native Hawaiians and communities that need kokua the most.


To improve the quality and longevity of life, Native Hawaiians will enjoy healthy lifestyles and experience reduced onset of chronic diseases.



Project Pūolo is a multidisciplinary, school-based, childhood obesity prevention and treatment program focused on the early identification of students affected by obesity and the promotion of positive health changes and lifestyle choices in students and their families. Project Pūʻolo, delivered with relevant Hawaiian values and traditional food and nutritional practices, establishes a whole-child approach to the alignment of health with education by offering a coordinated array of direct and prevention health services. The evidence-based approach builds on the success of a two-year pilot project in engaging students and families to increase physical activity and nutrition knowledge.


260 Farrington Ave.
Kualapu‘u, HI 96757
(808) 567-6900



Kaua‘i Mala‘ai Kula: Creating health through a culturally relevant farm-to-school program addresses the health and wellness of 202 students (96 percent Native Hawaiian) at two Hawaiian-focused charter schools: Kawaikini NCPCS and Ke Kula Ni‘ihau. Healthy farm-to-table meal programs will be developed at both schools and school staff will receive capacity-building services to improve physical activity and nutrition education of students. Once the school meal programs launch, the emphasis will shift to increasing the amount of locally produced food served to students. In addition, a full-time Farm-to-School AmeriCorps VISTA member will help integrate school gardens into the curriculum.


P.O. Box 1414
Kīlauea, HI 96754
(808) 828-0685



The Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike – Hana Ola Project is a community-driven effort in East Maui that implements culturally-relevant programs that provide direct services (physical activity, clinical assessment) and prevention services (education, research) to reduce the rate and severity of obesity among Native Hawaiians. Activities open to all in Hāna include a Community Build program that takes participants through the process of building kūpuna cottages and other structures, Ku‘i Lo‘i and Ku‘i Ai programs to grow and pound kalo, mālama ‘āina at Mahele Farm and culturally-relevant strength and conditioning programs such as hula and thatched hale building.


1301 Punchbowl St. UT #508
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 691-7921



Ola Kino Maika‘i serves Hawaiian women and children enrolled in Family Treatment Services’ residential and therapeutic treatment programs on O‘ahu. The program aims to improve the health of Hawaiian women recovering from substance abuse and addiction while preventing obesity and reducing weight gain related to cessation of tobacco, methamphetamine and other drugs. Participants will engage in Hawaiian cultural practices that support health and learn skills to live a healthy lifestyle. Cultural components of the program include a weekly culture class, lomilomi, establishing a māla or garden, learning mele, oli, mo‘olelo and dances and excursions to culturally significant sites.


845 22nd Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-2802



To maintain the connection to the past and a viable land base, Native Hawaiians will in and benefit from responsible stewardship of Ka Pae ‘Āina O Hawai‘i.



Hānau ka Ulu Lā ‘au, Ola Mau nā Hua (Born is the forest, long live the seeds): Under the leadership of Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel, Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile is spearheading an effort to create a 30-acre Native Habitat Corridor on Maui, starting with a 6-acre kīpuka in Makawao. The hālau will study chants, Hawaiian language newspapers and firsthand accounts to identify plants that are native to the area. Then, in collaboration with six hālau and Hawaiian immersion programs, Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile will begin restoring native flora to the Makawao ahupua‘a using traditional Hawaiian practices and natural farming.


P.O. Box 881040
Pukalani, HI 96788
(808) 572-1505



Aloha ‘āina. Aloha Ka‘ūpūlehu. Aloha Wao Lama continues sustainable management practices at Ka‘ūpūlehu, one of the healthiest remnant dryland forests remaining in Hawai‘i. Partners with HFI’s through sponsorship, Ho‘ola Ka Makana‘ā o Ka‘ūpūlehu,a land-based cultural ecology education hui and restoration organization, will be able to continue its mission of tending, honoring and growing a place of peace and safety for the native dryland lama forest of Ka‘ūpūlehu within a regional homeland context – fostering restorative kinship relationships between community and ‘āina – utilizing educational stewardship, traditional ecological knowledge and contemporary and institutional scientific methods.

(Hawaiʻi Island)

P.O. Box 66
‘O‘ōkala, HI 96744
(808) 933-9411



Ke Ola o Ka ‘Āina is a collaborative partnership between Ka Honua Momona (KHM) on Moloka‘i and Waipā Foundation on Kaua‘i. KHM has been engaged in restoration of two ancient fishponds on Moloka‘i – Ali‘i and Kaokoeli – as well as managing a 1.5 acre parcel with several gardens growing edible and medicinal plants. Waipa¯ stewards the 1,600-acre Waipā ahupua‘a on Kaua‘i. Together, the two organizations share practices and develop programs, policies and revenue-generating activities aimed at fostering greater connections to ‘āina through stewardship, cultural practices and growing and preparing local foods.


P.O. Box 482188
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
(808) 553-8353



Kāhea Loko is a call to restore, revitalize and preserve the Waikalua Loko Fishpond for the next 400 years; to inspire, educate and practice the art and engineering of Hawaiian fishponds as a catalyst to restoring Kāne‘ohe Bay and the nearshore fisheries environment to help reconnect the mauka (Luluku lands) to makai in the ahupua‘a of Kāne‘ohe. Opportunities to engage and support student and community learning include rebuilding the kuapā (wall); reconstructing three ‘auwai and bridges, repairing three mākāhā gates, removing invasive limu and mangrove, propagating native limu and fish and recycling both degradable and non-biodegradable vegetation and human-made elements.

45-285 Kāne‘ohe Bay Dr #102
Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
(808) 664-3027



To maximize choices of life and work, Native Hawaiians will gain knowledge and excel in educational opportunities at all levels.



After-School Programs to Improve Proficiency in Reading and Math on Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu will provide extended learning and enrichment opportunities for 1,800 students (948 Native Hawaiian). Throughout the school year, free after-school programs will be offered three hours a day, five days a week to put children on the right path to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree. Activities include student-led service projects, sports, career exploration opportunities and targeted programming for 8th graders exhibiting signs they might drop out. Quarterly events bring the whole family together for fun projects and performances.

4747 Kīlauea Ave. #210
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-1314



The Mohala ‘Ike project will strengthen academic success for Club members by skillfully instilling lifelong learning habits in the youth of five Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island communities (Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa, Pāhala, Kealakehe). Culturally responsive, experiential academic support will be delivered by caring Club mentors to 316 Native Hawaiian students. Educational initiatives and daily activities include an incentive-based homework support and academic tutoring program where participants dedicate an hour to academic enrichment, high-yield learning activities to enhance skills and knowledge learned at school, and literacy strengthening activities, such as spelling bees and guided reading.

(Hawaiʻi Island)

100 Kamakahonu St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-5536



‘Imi ‘Ike Learning Centers provide comprehensive instruction based on the Moenaha Hawaiian culture-based methodology, combined with educationally enriching activities designed to help 100 Native Hawaiian students in foster, kith and kinship care meet and exceed academic standards in reading and math and ensure they are making progress toward graduation. Offering a one-stop-shop for educational services to at-risk youth in foster care, the learning centers develop individualized Learning Plans based on needs assessments and input from students and their caregivers. The plans are tailored to each student’s learning style and guide instruction during 1:1 and small group tutoring.


2535 South King St., Suite 304
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 955-6100



To strengthen identity, Native Hawaiians will preserve, practice and perpetuate their culture.



Translation Training Project: Phase III offers intensive two-year training for fluent Hawaiian speakers who wish to be translators, trainers and mentors. In this phase, one team of trainees will continue translating Samuel M. Kamakau’s history series, which was originally published in Hawaiian language newspapers from 1865-70. Awaiaulu’s work will present his original material in both ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and English. A second team will translate Hawaiian historian John Papa ‘Ī‘ī’s “Na Hunahuna o ka Mo‘olelo Hawai‘i.” Trainees from Phase II will become trainers in this phase, and translators will advance to become mentors-in-training.

2667 ‘Anu‘u Pl.
Honolulu, HI 96819



Two workshop series will allow Native Hawaiian youth and their family members to learn traditional protocol and techniques from respected kūpuna and kumu. The 10-12 week long Papahana Kālai Papa Me Pōhaku Ku‘i ‘Ai workshop series will teach 100 participants to carve their own papa ku‘i ‘ai and pōhaku ku‘i ‘ai to pound their own kalo. The eight month Papahana Kālai Wa‘a will teach canoe building to 90 participants. Seven older youth and young adults will be selected by their kumu to receive specific training as apprentice cultural practitioners, in hopes that they’ll one day become kumu themselves.

41-477 Hīhīmanu St.
Waimānalo, HI 96795



Birthing a Nation seeks to increase and perpetuate traditional knowledge and cultural practices around childbirth. Over the next two years, 176 Native Hawaiian wāhine hāpai and their kāne, cultural practitioners and health professionals will learn cultural birthing practices, empowering families to give their child a strong foundation in life while strengthening the lāhui. Elements of the program include research and training for cultural practitioners, as well as eight-week programs for expectant parents that draw on ancestral knowledge and emphasize the importance of lomilomi, lā‘au, ho‘oponopono, ‘ai pono, ‘iewe kanu (planting of ‘iewe) and other practices during pregnancy and childbirth.


2239 North School St.
Honolulu, HI 96819



KUPA’s project, Revitalizing Traditional Hawaiian Fishing Practices in Ho‘okena, South Kona, Hawai‘i, aims at preserving and perpetuating the customary Hawaiian cultural practices of traditional ‘ōpelu (mackerel scad) fishing as handed down to the fishermen of Ho‘okena and the greater South Kona region by reintroducing seasonal closures to allow time for regeneration of fish stocks and increased fish catch to train a new generation of ‘ōpelu fishers. The project is part of a longer-term goal to restore the abundance and sustainability of the South Kona fishery and revive and sustain traditional Hawaiian practices of sustainable fishing.

(Hawaiʻi Island)
P.O. Box 505
Hōnaunau, HI 96726



The Kūkā‘ilimoku: Perpetuation and Preservation of Hawaiian Basketry project’s goal is to increase the number of cultural practitioners in the area of ‘ie‘ie (Freycinetia arborea) basketry in targeted Hawaiian communities by providing culture-based experiences such as lectures, resource gathering and workshops to connect with their heritage, strengthening their identities as Native Hawaiians. Over the next two years, Lloyd Harold Sing Jr. and May Haunani Balino-Sing will teach 20 Native Hawaiian apprentices on Maui and Hawai‘i Island how to weave various hīna‘i (baskets and traps) and weave a Kūka‘ilimoku image. Participants will have opportunities to promote ‘ie‘ie basketry through demonstrations, lectures and showcases.


819 Factory St.
Honolulu, HI 96819



Many Native Hawaiians can’t afford to pay tuition for hula classes and kumu hula and hālau hula face challenges finding dedicated spaces to teach, learn and create new works of art. Hula: Nāki‘i ā Pa‘a addresses both of those issues by underwriting the cost of training advanced students of hula as teachers and increasing the number of dance studios dedicated to hula to offer more opportunities for Hawaiians to participate. PA‘I is also partnering with Artspace to build a new arts center in Kaka‘ako that will have space for two dance studios and an art gallery.

P.O. Box 17483
Honolulu, HI 96817



To have choices and a sustainable future, Native Hawaiians will progress toward greater self-sufficiency.



The Hawai‘i Youth Opportunities Initiative (HYOI) Opportunity Passport provides financial literacy training and matching funds for asset purchases to young people ages 14 to 25 who were in foster care. Eligible asset purchases for Native Hawaiians include security deposits and first month’s rent. At least 10 financial literacy training sessions will be offered over the next two years on O‘ahu, East and West Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i and Maui. EPIC offers 1:1 matches for asset purchases including housing, medical care, education and vehicles.


1130 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite C-210
Honolulu, HI 96817



The Career Pathways Program: Employment and Career Support Services for Native Hawaiians is a collaboration between Goodwill, the University of Hawai‘i community colleges and local employers. Over the next two years, 240 eligible Hawaiians will be helped through the program, which broadens access to post-secondary education with an emphasis on shorter-term vocational programs that result in higher-wage employment. The program offers job readiness training, financial literacy, educational support and job placement in Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui and Kaua‘i. Local employers will be engaged to create job opportunities, as well as ensure their workforce training needs are being met.


2610 Kilihau St.
Honolulu, HI 96819



Habitat for Humanity Maui’s Native Hawaiian Financial Literacy & Homeowner Education program teaches Native Hawaiian populations on Maui and Lāna‘i about effective financial literacy strategies with the goals of long-term economic self-sufficiency and successful homeownership. The HUD-approved, 8-hour curriculum covers homeowner readiness, financial literacy, credit and credit scores, becoming pre-approved for a loan, understanding different loans and mortgages, shopping for a home, budgeting, keeping your home during difficult financial times, saving, home maintenance and energy efficiency. Case management is also available to class members who want personalized credit counseling and an Individual Service Plan.


970 Lower Main St.
Wailuku, HI 96793



Hawaiian Community Assets’ Building Stability in Housing program provides culturally-relevant, place-based financial literacy education, HUD-certified housing counseling and asset building products to low- and moderate-income Native Hawaiians to improve their capacity to own or rent homes. HCA expects to serve 1,000 Native Hawaiians through financial literacy workshops that teach money management through a cultural lens, housing counseling to increase credit scores and decrease debt, as well as MATCH savings accounts and products that build and repair credit. During this grant cycle, HCA will expand its Credit Repair Loans to help first-time homebuyers reduce their debt-to-income ratios.


200 N. Vineyard Blvd., Suite A300
Honolulu, HI 96817



Na Kūkulukumuhana is a project that provides financial and homeownership training to Native Hawaiian households with low to moderate income to increase their economic self-sufficiency. NHC expects to provide training and counseling to over 400 Native Hawaiians over the next two years through financial literacy workshops, home repair classes and case management to develop individual service plans based on participants’ needs and financial situations. Participants who complete the training receive certificates that can be used to obtain assistance from any HUD-based First Time Homebuyer Program.


P.O. Box 17489
Honolulu, HI 96789



Financial Readiness for Native Hawaiian Women will help Native Hawaiian women develop the tools they need to live independently after prison through re-entry and work furlough services, as well as transitional housing. Generally, participants will be transferred from the Women’s Community Correctional Center to YWCA Fernhurst for a six month program. Once they complete that program and are paroled, participants can also move into transitional housing for up to six months. Aspects of YWCA’s program also include continuing education, a job search accelerator program and ho‘oponopono training to address conflicts with family members and friends. YWCA Fernhurst residents participate in Mother Daughter gardening day at Fernhurst.


1040 Richards St.
Honolulu, HI 96813


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Statement from OHA Chair regarding Akina’s press release calling for OHA CEO removal

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OHA statement regarding release of final audit

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OHA statement regarding Auditor’s press conference

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OHA statement on unauthorized release of draft audit

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

ʻOnipaʻa Kākou 2018


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