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Office of Hawaiian Affairs 

Projects throughout the state designed to strengthen Native Hawaiians’ connections to family, culture, and land will receive $394,588 in grants from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs thanks to a budget reallocation approved by Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Board of Trustees.

The newly approved grants include a $50,000 award to a project on Kauaʻi that will help protect iwi kupuna at Polihale, an area where recreational use and illegal activities are desecrating Hawaiian burials.

On Oʻahu, the $148,775 Office of Hawaiian Affairs grant awarded to Salvation Army Family Treatment Services will help ‘ohana that have experienced family trauma, addiction and mental illness. Native Hawaiian mothers will engage in programming centered around the integration of cultural beliefs, concepts and practices that enhance healing for the entire family.

“These grants are a part of Office of Hawaiian Affairs’s effort to increase its total community investment to benefit Native Hawaiians and the larger community,” said Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey. “So far in 2021, Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants for ʻAhahui events, Iwi Kupuna and Repatriation, Homesteads, ʻOhana and Community Programs, COVID-19 Impact and Response, Kūlia, and Native Hawaiian Teacher Education. Statewide these grants will advance Office of Hawaiian Affairs’s strategic directions in the areas of education, health, housing and economic stability.”

For the first time in Office of Hawaiian Affairs’s 41-year history, a noncompetitive grant is being awarded to support Niʻihau residents with their COVID-19 and Native Hawaiian individual and ‘ohana-strengthening efforts. 

The reallocation of funds allowed five previously approved, but partially funded grants to receive increases in funding. 

  • The Homestead Community Development Corporation has been awarded an additional $21,905 to increase its award to $75,000 for its “Homestead Advocacy Education Project” which will support the capacity building of homestead associations by delivering homestead advocacy and educational seminars and inventory homestead priorities for advocacy.
  • The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture has been awarded an additional $10,768 to increase its award to $134,309 for its “Kupu Ola Enhancement” project which will provide culture-based learning activities to Native Hawaiian students and families on the Wai‘anae Coast to further increase cultural grounding, parent engagement, sense of identity and academic achievement.
  • The Big Island Substance Abuse Council has been awarded an additional $118,832 bringing the total award to $150,000 for its “Therapeutic Living Re-Entry Program” which will provide therapeutic living treatment to adults previously incarcerated with the intention of providing wraparound services to support clients’ continued sobriety. 
  • Hana Arts has been awarded an additional $23,507 bringing the total grant award to $50,000 for their “Empowering East Maui Youth through Arts and Culture Education” project which will empower East Maui youth through arts and culture by hosting classes, workshops and events that enhance education, confidence, and quality of life for this mostly Hawaiian demographic.
  • The Hanalei River Heritage Foundation has been awarded an additional $20,801 to bring its total grant award to $30,000 for its “O Wailua Kuʻu Kulaiwi” project which will provide Hawaiian language and culture classes to Hawaiian families on Kauaʻi experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity to build resilience to overcome adversity.

The purpose of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants Program is to support Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs, and initiatives that serve our Native Hawaiian lāhui in alignment with the strategic foundations, directions and outcomes of Office of Hawaiian Affairs’s Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan. 

To read Office of Hawaiian Affairs’s Mana i Mauli Ola 15-year Strategic Plan that is guiding the organization forward in its service to the Native Hawaiian community, visit

About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Established by the state Constitutional Convention in 1978, 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, 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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