OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Registering is Easy: Use your card to apply for OHA loans, grants, and scholarships

Hawaiian Registry

The OHA Hawaiian Registry Program (HRP) provides registered Hawaiians, worldwide, with a card verifying their Hawaiian ancestry. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs issues the card after verifying indigenous Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage. No blood quantum is required.

The ancestry verification card confirms your Hawaiian ancestry for OHA’s purposes. The card qualifies you to apply for OHA programs such as loans, grants and scholarships. Registering is an easy, one-time process* and you can use the card instead of hauling‚ around your documents. It’s FREE!

* Ancestry verification cards must be renewed every 5 years.

How to Register:

  1. Obtain an application form:
  2. Collect ALL of the following required documents:
    • Completed and signed application form for each applicant: If applicant is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form.
    • Applicant’s Birth Certificate (photocopy only) stating Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage: If the birth certificate does not indicate Hawaiian through biological parentage then additional documentation is required.
    • Photo ID (photocopy only) of the applicant: If a minor applicant does not have a photo ID, a copy of the photo ID of the parent or legal guardian who signed the application form is required.
    • Color photograph of applicant for his/her new OHA Hawaiian Registry ancestry verification card. (Walk in applicants may have their photos taken and all photocopies made in office).

    * Depending on review, we may request more documentation. Please ensure entire documents are copied. Incomplete, or unclear documents as well as those in poor condition cannot be used.

  3. Card renewals
    Submit application via mail or email only along with a copy of a valid photo ID. Check renewal box at the top of the application and fill out the rest of the form.
    It is recommended that all renewal applicants submit documentation. If documentation is not received with your application, we will contact you if we need additional documentation at that time. Once all requirements are met, a new card will be mailed to you.
  4. Submit all required documents:
    • Mail to any OHA office,
    • Email to hireg@oha.org (Total e-mail size must be less than 6MB),
    • Or hand deliver to any OHA office

For applications submitted by mail or email, please allow us a minimum of 4 business days from the date we receive all required documents for processing of your registration.

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Call (808) 594-1914
Email hireg@oha.org

The Hawaiian Registry Program is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oʻahu. For information about applying to the free program, call (808) 594-1914.


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