ʻAhahui grants support community events


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Twice a year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs awards grants to organizations holding community events that benefit the Native Hawaiian community.

These ‘Ahahui events allow OHA to engage with the community through activities that are aligned with the agency’s strategic priorities and support its vision of raising a beloved nation, ho‘oulu lāhui aloha.

To be eligible for an ‘Ahahui grant up to $10,000, non-profit organizations must provide matching funds to cover at least 10 percent of the total event cost.

Below is a list of the FY2018 ‘Ahahui Grant program Round 1 awardees:


Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (HCRA)

  • 2017 HCRA State Championship Regatta, $8,000
    Annual State Championship Canoe Regatta bringing together the State’s island canoe paddling associations on Maui to participate and determine the overall state champions for our state team sport of outrigger canoe paddling. Aug. 5.
  • Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Mauka to Makai 2017, $5,000
    The two-day event is designed to link the mountains and ocean in Wai‘anae through cultural education and activities that encourage the community’s understanding of their kuleana to water safety and enhance environmental awareness. Aug. 5-6.
  • Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Grant Resource Training and Policy Briefing for Native Hawaiian Community-based Organizations, $4,000
    A training event providing resources on various grants and policy briefing that will target Native Hawaiian non-profit organizations to help them better serve their communities in need. Aug. 11.
  • Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, First Annual Mālama Nā Keiki Festival, $6,500
    This Hawai‘i Island event is open to prenatal women, young families, those considering pregnancy and supporting ‘ohana and will offer a wide variety of maternity and new family mini-educational classes; clinical health screening for expectant mothers, keiki and ‘ohana; keiki fun activities and healthy local-sourced food. Aug. 26.
  • Friends of Moloka‘i High & Middle Schools Foundation, Future Fest 2017, $5,000
    An all-day event for students in grades 7-12 and community members where military recruiters and career personnel, along with college and union representatives, will be present to speak with students regarding post secondary opportunities. Aug. 28.


  • Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Foundation, 2017 11th Annual ‘Onipa‘a Celebration, $8,000
    To celebrate the 179th birthday of Queen Lili‘uokalani and honoring Queen Lili‘uokalani as a leader of peace and justice as Hawai‘i‘s last sovereign. Sept. 3.
  • Nā Wāhine o Ke Kai, $5,500
    The Nā Wahine o Ke Kai Annual Moloka’i to Oahu Canoe race which starts at Hale O Lono Harbor, Molokaʻi, and ends on Duke Kahanamoku beach in Waikīkī. Sept. 24.


  • Pacific American Foundation, Hawai‘i Children and Youth Day 2017, $7,500
    The 24th year of celebrating and honoring our children and youth accomplishments and contributions made to our community. Oct. 1.
  • ‘Aha Pūnana Leo – Waimea, Ho‘ōla 2017, $5,000
    The event is a two-day series focusing on wahi pana and will be offering development workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations that will honor and celebrate Waimea and Kohala. Oct. 6-7.
  • Kailapa Community Association, Nā Kilo ‘Āina Camp, $6,000
    Family-style camp to build a holistic understanding of biological, cultural and social well-being to improve resource management while giving a strong voice to community health and engagement. Oct. 8-15.
  • Project Vision Hawai‘i, Hui for Health-Kaua‘i, $5,000
    Bringing free vision and health services to Kaua‘i Island, targeting Native Hawaiians in three communities: Hanalei, Līhu‘e and Kekaha. Oct. 9-11.
  • National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kahanu Garden ‘Ulu Cook-Off, $2,000
    An event that is part of the Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui will bring together the Maui community by preparing dishes using ‘ulu (breadfruit) that will be judged, and ultimately encouraging the community to utilize local food sources for nutritional benefit. Oct. 15.
  • Hawai‘i Maoli, Ho‘okele Na‘auao: A Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium, $4,800
    An event bringing together Hawaiian librarians, archivists, information professionals and community members to advance the constructs, practices and principles of Hawaiian librarianship. Oct. 15-16.
  • Kina‘ole Foundation, Native Hawaiian Business Development and Empowerment Workshops, $7,000
    Workshops will be held throughout the state and will cover how to start and grow businesses within the federal marketplace. Open to all Native Hawaiian-owned organizations, representatives and community members. Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5, Nov. 25-26.


  • National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i, Kidney Early Detection Screening, $4,000
    A free event offering comprehensive kidney health screening, which includes: blood pressure and BMI-measurement, blood draw and urine point-of-care testing with immediate results to follow and exit interview with an onsite clinician. Nov. 3.
  • Hawaiian Community Assets, 2017 Financial Opportunities Fair, $5,800
    A free event bringing public and private organizations that specialize in personal finance, small business development and financial services to the Native Hawaiian residents of Hawai‘i Island. Nov. 4-5.
  • Nā Mamo o Mū‘olea, 9th Annual Hāna Limu Festival, $7,400
    An event to celebrate and educate Native Hawaiians and residents about the importance of limu in marine ecosystem health and Hawaiian culture and diet. Featuring food, music, crafts and youth-focused activities to promote the restoration of traditional ahupua‘a management. Nov. 17-18.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Hawai‘i, LDAH Keiki Health and Learning Fair, $3,500
    A free event providing early developmental, hearing and vision screenings for children ages 2-5 to help better prepare them for school readiness. Nov. 18.