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Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Ten community nonprofits will be receiving a total of $754,840 in grant awards from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help support their efforts in strengthening the Native Hawaiian community.

Leading the way are a pair of $100,000 ʻĀina Community Grant awards going to Ke Ao Hāliʻi on Maui and ʻAina Hoʻokupu o Kilauea on Kauaʻi. Ke Ao Hāliʻiʻs project is intended to activate community stewardship to bolster the health of lands at Mokae and Makaʻalae while the Kauaʻi group’s goal is to provide locally grown fresh produce boxes for 300 Native Hawaiians in 10 island communities with the produce coming from four different farming operations.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Grants Program supports Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs and initiatives that serve the lāhui in alignment with Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan.

“The Office of Hawaiian Affairs cannot accomplish its mission of raising a beloved lāhui alone, and it is our belief that the best way to stretch our dollars is by supporting the outstanding work that these community nonprofits are already undertaking in serving the Native Hawaiian community,” said Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey. “Together, in a spirit of lōkahi, we can accomplish so much more.”

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees also approved three ʻOhana Community Grant awards yesterday including $100,000 to Papahana Kuaola on Oʻahu, $85,000 to Ke Kula o Piʻilani and $80,00 to Hana Arts, both located on Maui. A Moʻomeheu Community Grant award of $99,840 went to Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation on Oʻahu.

Two $50,000 Iwi Kūpuna Repatriation & Reinternment Grants were awarded to The Hawaiian Church of Hawaiʻi Nei and Huliauapaʻa to assist with mālama iwi kūpuna initiatives statewide. Additionally, the homestead community on Hawaiʻi Island was supported with a $50,000 Homestead Grant to the Keaukaha Panaʻewa Community Alliance and a $40,000 award to the Homestead Community Development Corporation, which is located in Anahola but governed by associations statewide.

The 10 newly approved grants wrap up the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ grant awards for the year. A new cycle of Office of Hawaiian Affairs grant solicitations will be posted to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants Program website,, in January 2023.

About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Established by the state Constitutional Convention in 1978, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a semi-autonomous state agency mandated to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. Guided by a board of nine publicly elected trustees, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs fulfills its mandate through advocacy, research, community engagement, land management and the funding of community programs. Learn more at

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