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OHA awards $ 1.25 million in Ohana and Community program grants to 14 nonprofits

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded prizes totaling $ 1.25 million that will support the Native Hawaiian community through its new grants for the Ohana and Community Programs. A total of 14 nonprofits in Hawai’i, Maui, Moloka’i, O’ahu and Kaua’i will receive funding to help strengthen and strengthen the ‘ohana (family), mo’omeheu (culture ) and ‘āina (land) of native Hawaiians.

With a $ 124,000 grant from the OHA, Adult Friends for Youth will establish a mobile assessment center in Wai’anae and ‘Ewa to help divert youth who commit status offenses from entering the community. juvenile justice system. The program uses a non-directive approach that has been shown to be effective with Hawaii’s most at-risk youth. The services will improve the well-being of young people and their ‘ohana and create safer schools and communities.

Other projects that have received grants include the restoration of native dryland forests at Kawaihae in Hawai’i, an addiction treatment program in Maui, a program that elevates’ ohana by restoring access to water. lapa’au and lomilomi (traditional healing methods) on O’ahu, and an ‘āina-education program based on Kaua’i.

“We believe that we can better address the disparities that Native Hawaiians face today by focusing on supporting and strengthening the foundational strengths of our culture. We recognize that these foundations have the power to affect the well-being of Native Hawaiians and we are very proud to partner with these community organizations that share our goals and objectives in advancing lāhui, ”said the Board Chair of Lāhui. administration of the OHA, Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey.

The goal of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grant Program is to support Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs, and initiatives that serve our native Hawaiian Lāhui in accordance with strategic foundations, directions, and outcomes. of the OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola strategic plan. .


This new grant is part of the OHA’s efforts to increase its total community investment to benefit Native Hawaiians and the community at large. So far in 2021, the OHA has awarded $ 1,838,632 to the event ʻAhahui, Iwi Kupuna & Repatriation and Homestead Statewide Grants to advance its strategic directions in the areas of education. , health, housing and economic stability. Read the OHA’s 15-year strategic plan for Mana i Mauli Ola here.


The winners of the Ohana scholarships and the community program are:


  • Maui Family Support Services, Inc., receives $ 150,000 for theirHo’owaiwai Kaiāulu Project “to provide a continuum of programs aimed at enhancing the physical and mental well-being of native Hawaiian ‘ohana and keiki, increase their social and emotional skills, and enhance the strengths and resilience of’ ohana.
  • Malama Na Makua A Keiki, Inc., receives $ 75,000 for its “Family-Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Program” to provide addiction treatment and surrounding support services to 60 Native Hawaiian women and children to dramatically reduce substance use.
  • Hana Arts receives $ 26,493 for its “Empowering East Maui Youth Through Arts and Cultural Education” to empower East Maui youth through arts and culture by hosting classes, workshops and events that improve the education, confidence and quality of life of this predominantly Hawaiian population.


  • Maui Family Support Services, Inc., receives $ 41,199 for its “Ho’owaiwai Kaiāulu – Moloka’i Project” to provide a continuum of programs aimed at enhancing the physical and mental well-being of native Hawaiian ‘ohana and keiki, increasing their social and emotional skills and to improve ‘ohana strengths and resilience.

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  • Five Mountains Hawai’i dba Kipuka o ke Ola receives $ 105,000 for the “Ulu Laukahi Project – Traditional Healing Practices for Pain Management” to provide culturally appropriate traditional healing methodologies to Native Hawaiians with pain that often accompanies diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
  • The Kohala Center, Inc., receives $ 150,000 for “Ho’olauna Kawaihae: Building Pilina Through Respectful Engagement” to research, learn and evaluate a set of Ho’olauna practices to respectfully engage in the Hawaiian restoration of our arid native forests as a community managed by Kawaihae.
  • Pōhāhā I Ka Lani receives $ 149,949 for “Liko No Ka Lama” to connect Native Hawaiian families with ‘āina stewardship and cultural education designed to increase social and emotional skills of’ ohana and keiki.
  • Big Island Addiction Council receives $ 31,168 for the “Therapeutic Life Reintegration Program” to provide therapeutic life treatment to previously incarcerated adults with the goal of providing comprehensive services to support the client’s continued sobriety.


  • Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services receives $ 144,237 for “La’au Ku Makani” to elevate ‘ohana Hawai’i by re-establishing access to lapa’au and lomilomi. Develop the Mauliola community by connecting to ʻāina through forestry, providing education and care services and expanding training of health practitioners.
  • Adult friends for young people receives $ 124,722 for its “Mobile Assessment Center” to divert youth who commit status offenses in HPD District 8 (Waiʻanae / ʻEwa) from entering the juvenile justice system. The services improve the well-being of young people and their ‘ohana and create safer schools and communities.
  • Institute for Indigenous Education and Culture of the Pacific receives $ 123,541 for its “Kupu Ola Enhancement” to provide culture-based learning activities to native Hawaiian students and families of the Wai’anae Coast to further increase cultural grounding, engagement of parents, sense of identity and academic success.


  • Hawaiian Islands Land Trust receives $ 56,254 for its Kahili Beach Preserve ‘Āina-based education program to support HILT’s strategic goal of welcoming schools, community groups, practitioners of Hawaiian culture, direct descendants, visitors and learners of all ages to deepen their connection with ‘āina in the lands of HILT.
  • Alu Like, Inc., receives $ 61,446 for its “EA Project (Teaching Assistant)” to provide educational assistance training to haumāna kumu and mākua who attend Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha Learning Center to help increase the literacy and digital media skills of their students.
  • Hanalei River Heritage Foundation receives $ 9,199 for her “O Wailua Ku’u Kulaiwi” to provide Hawaiian language and culture classes to Hawaiian families facing homelessness and housing insecurity in order to build resilience and overcome adversity.