Ka Wai Ola

OHA is seeking the community’s mana‘o for the development of the agency’s new strategic plan, through an online survey as well as a series of statewide meetings that began in May.

“Forty years ago, OHA was created with the premise that Native Hawaiians know best how Native Hawaiian resources should be used to serve Native Hawaiians,” said OHA Chair Colette Machado. “Our Strategic Plan is critical to determining where these resources are expended to improve the lives of our beneficiaries. We are asking our community to participate in this process to help shape OHA’s contribution to a thriving and robust lāhui in the years to come.”

In July 2018, OHA began the process to develop its Strategic Plan for 2020 and beyond. The OHA Board has already completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this process. In Phase 1, the Board re-affirmed its commitment to OHA’s vision and mission. In Phase 2, the Board identified its strategic framework, recognizing the foundation of Native Hawaiian communities as ‘Āina (land and water), Mo‘omeheu (culture), and ‘Ohana (family). Trustees also identified the following strategic directions: educational pathways, economic stability, quality housing, and health outcomes.

Phase 3 of this process seeks community input on what the agency should focus on within the strategic framework and directions identified in Phase 2. OHA has setup a website www.oha.org/priorities to provide information about the process. In addition, the public may provide input via an online survey, available on the website. Finally, OHA is hosting nine community meetings across the state to inform the public about the planning process and to hear from beneficiaries.

Those interested in attending the public community meetings are asked to RSVP with OHA’s facilitator, DTL Hawai‘i, at oha@dtlstudio.com.

For more information on OHA’s strategic planning process, visit:

OHA’s Strategic Plan Community Meeting Schedule:

  • June 3, Kona, Hawai‘i Island
    West Hawai‘i Civic Center
    74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy.
    Kailua, HI 96740
    5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • June 4, O‘ahu
    Hau‘ula Elem. School
    54-046 Kamehameha Hwy., Hau‘ula, HI 96717
  • June 5, Kaua‘i
    Kaua‘i Community College
    OCET Classroom
    3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy.
    Līhu‘e, HI 96766
    5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • June 6, Moloka‘i
    Kūlana ‘Ōiwi
    Mauna Loa Hwy.
    Kaunakakai, HI 96748
    5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.