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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Ola Ka Hāloa

Ola Ka Hāloa – The OHA News Show, presented by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, takes a detailed look at the issues relevant to the well-being of our Native Hawaiian community. Eight episodes aired weekly from May 9 to June 27, 2020 on KGMB. Ola Ka Hāloa takes a closer look at our Hawaiian communities and how we are voyaging through the ever-changing world around us.


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs was established by a state Constitutional Convention in 1978 with a mandate to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. We fulfill the mandate through advocacy, research, community engagement, land management and the funding of community programs. 

We hope this program serves as a platform to expand our reach beyond Hawaiʻi, to the world. As our society evolves, we as a Native Hawaiian community must also grow and adapt. We must ask ourselves: “How are we embracing new technologies and channels of communication to have more meaningful connections and share knowledge with each other?” By expanding our reach as a community we must examine if we are strengthening the cultural, intellectual and economic foundation of the Native Hawaiian people. 

As we move forward we also look back at our ancestors and the history of Native Hawaiians to gather our strength and wisdom as one Lāhui. We are honored to have you as a guest and welcome you to our Native Hawaiian community. Welcome to Ola Ka Hāloa.

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Episode 1 – May 8, 2020

Featuring interviews with OHA Ka Pouhana/CEO Sylvia Hussey, OHA Board of Trustees Chair Colette Machado, and OHA Managers Sterling Wong, Alice Silbanuz and Davis Price. Malia Nobrega discusses the new Kanaeokana/Hawaiʻinuiākea webinar platform Lei Ānuenue, and CNHA’s Kūhiō Lewis talks about the televised & online Pop Up Mākeke.

Episode 2 – May 16, 2020

Featuring interviews with Hiʻilei Kawelo of Paepae o Heʻeia, Mahina Paishon-Duarte of Waiwai Collective, Kauʻi Sai-Dudoit of Awaiaulu, Inc., and a visit with Pelika Andrade of Nā Maka Onaona on Kauaʻi.

Episode 3 – May 23, 2020

Featuring interviews with OHA DPM Manager Alice Silbanuz, NHLC Executive Director Summer Sylva, manaʻo from Halealoha Ayau about ʻiwi repatriation, civic engagement with Davis Price & Kumu Hina Wong, and a chat with Kumu Hula Kealiʻi Reichel of Hālau Keʻalaokamaile.

Episode 4 – May 30, 2020

Featuring a discussion with Dr. Kamana Beamer about the ‘Āina Aloha Futures Declaration, resiliency during the pandemic with Dr. Aukahi Seabury, reintegrating paʻahao into society with aloha, and a celebration of the 2020 graduates with Lehua Kalima, Shawn Pimental and an all-star cast of Hawaiʻi’s musicians.

Episode 5 – June 6, 2020

Featuring The Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts with Amy Hanaialiʻi Gilliom, supporting Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs with Sydney Kealiʻipuleole of the NHCC and OHA’s Sterling Wong, the origins of the hae Hawaiʻi with Laiana Kanoa-Wong, and tiny homes on the homestead with Robin Danner, President of the SCHHA.

Episode 6 – June 13, 2020

Featuring an ʻohana on the Valley Isle taxed out of their homes, a film about the legacy of a Native Hawaiian hero George Helm, and the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census.

Episode 7 – June 20, 2020

What does OHA do? Find out from interviews with OHA’s CEO/Ka Pouhana Sylvia Hussey, Grants Manager Maile Luʻuwai and Interim COO & PR Officer Sterling Wong.

Episode 8 – June 27, 2020

We begin the final episode of Ola Ka Hāloa by continuing the discussion “What does OHA do?” In addition, we have two young Native Hawaiians who speak about the importance in voting and elections 2020. All this and more on our FINAL episode of Ola Ka Hāloa.

The History of Hae Hawaiʻi with Lāiana Kanoa-Wong

Learn the long history of our beloved Hae Hawaiʻi from historian and Aloha ʻĀina advocate Lāiana Kanoa-Wong.



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