HCF Selects Nonprofits to Receive OHA-Funded Grants to Support Food Security

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Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) has selected 30+ nonprofits to receive a total of $721,739 in grants, funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to support community-based food security efforts in Native Hawaiian communities statewide.

The grants support HCF Strong Funds for each county, including Kauaʻi Strong, Oʻahu Strong, Maui County Strong, and Hawaiʻi Island Strong, which were created by HCF to build community resilience by providing resources for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Nonprofits were chosen based on their ability to address COVID-related food needs while integrating aloha ʻāina, sustainability and local agriculture into their programs. The food security grants funding comes from a portion of the $3-million Emergency Relief Package passed by the OHA Board of Trustees in May 2020.

Photo: Person Holding a Seedling
Courtesy: Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike

“In this time of immense need, we are grateful that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has made it possible for community-based organizations across our state to increase food security efforts and also perpetuate Native Hawaiian practices that will ensure our state’s resiliency for the future,” said Micah Kāne, Chief Executive Officer and President of HCF.

The grants will fund programs and projects that perpetuate cultural and sustainable farming practices, provide safe places for families to farm and fish, expand production of traditional Hawaiian food and medicine crops for donation and sale, and distribute food or agricultural products to some of the state’s most vulnerable populations. See the sidebar for full list of grant awardees.

“The pandemic has highlighted the need for sustainability and the importance of locally-produced food,” said OHA CEO Dr. Sylvia Hussey. “These grants will provide crucial support to community-based nonprofits, farmers and producers across the state. In turn, Native Hawaiian communities will be able to access fresh, local food to keep their ʻohana nourished in the near term, and resources that will allow them to perpetuate ʻāina-based sustainable practices and Native Hawaiian traditions in the long term.”

OHA partnered with HCF to ensure that its food security grants could be awarded and released into the community quickly during this time of incredible need.

HCF/OHA Grant Recipients

Hawaiʻi Island Strong Fund

  • Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Producers Cooperative
  • OK Farms
  • Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili
  • Kahua Paʻa Mua Inc.
  • Kumukīʻā
  • Maona Community Garden
  • Pōhāhā I Ka Lani
  • Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders Association, Inc.

Kauaʻi Strong Fund

  • Kumano I ke Ala I Makaweli
  • Kūkulu Kumuhana O Anaho
  • Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana
  • Malama Hulāʻia
  • Nā Maka Onaona
  • ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kilauea

Maui Strong Fund

  • Hawaiʻi Farmers Union Foundation
  • Hawaiʻi Taro Farm LLC
  • Hui No Ke Ola Pono
  • Hui O Kuapā
  • Ke Kula o Piʻilani
  • Kīpahulu ʻOhana, Inc.
  • Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Building Program
  • Nohoʻana Farm
  • Sustainable Molokaʻi
  • Lāhaina Restoration Foundation

Oʻahu Strong Fund

  • Homestead Poi
  • Hoʻokuaʻāina
  • Hui Aloha ʻĀina Momona
  • Hui Mahiʻai ʻĀina
  • Hui Mālama o Ke Kai
  • Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi
  • Kauluakalana
  • Ke Kula Nui o Waimānalo
  • KEY Project
  • Koʻihonua
  • Kōkua Kalihi Valley
  • Kuhialoko
  • Kula No Nā Poʻe Hawaiʻi (KULA)
  • MAʻO Organic Farms
  • Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center