OHA’s Newest Grant Awards $1.25 Million to Nonprofits

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A total of 14 nonprofit organizations on Hawaiʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi will receive funding totaling $1.25 million to help reinforce and strengthen Native Hawaiians’ ʻohana (family), moʻomeheu (culture) and ʻāina (land and water) via the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA) new ʻOhana and Community Program Grants.

One grant recipient, the Adult Friends for Youth, will use their $124,000 OHA grant award to establish a Mobile Assessment Center in Waiʻanae and ʻEwa to help divert youth who commit status offenses from entering the juvenile justice system. The program employs a non-directive method that has been proven to be effective with Hawaiʻi’s highest-risk youth. Services will improve the wellbeing of youth and their ʻohana and create safer schools and communities.

Other projects awarded grants include the restoration of dryland native forests in Kawaihae on Hawaiʻi Island, a substance abuse treatment program on Maui, a program that uplifts ʻohana by restoring access to lāʻau lapaʻau and lomilomi (traditional healing methods) on Oʻahu, and an ʻāina-based education program on Kauaʻi.

“It is our belief that we can best address the disparities that Native Hawaiians face today by focusing on supporting and building on the foundational strengths of our culture. We recognize that these foundations have the power to affect the wellbeing of Native Hawaiians, and we are very proud to partner with these community organizations who share our goals and objectives in moving the lāhui forward,” said OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey.

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 OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan.

This latest grant is a part of OHA’s effort to increase its total community investment to benefit Native Hawaiians and the larger community.

So far in 2021, OHA has awarded $1,838,632 in ʻAhahui event, Iwi Kūpuna & Repatriation, and Homestead grants statewide to advance its strategic directions in the areas of education, health, housing and economic stability. To read OHA’s 15-year Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan visit www.oha.org/strategicplan.

ʻOhana and Community Program Grant Awardees

Hawaiʻi Island

  • Big Island Substance Abuse Council | $31,168
    Therapeutic Living Re-Entry Program
    To provide therapeutic living treatment to adults previously incarcerated with the intention of providing wraparound services to support the client’s continued sobriety.
  • Five Mountains Hawaiʻi dba Kipuka o ke Ola | $105,000
    Ulu Laukahi Project – Traditional
    Healing Practices for Pain Management
    To provide culturally appropriate traditional healing methodologies to Native Hawaiians suffering from pain that often accompanies diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.
  • The Kohala Center, Inc. | $150,000
    Hoʻolauna Kawaihae: Building Pilina Through Respectful Engagement
    To research, learn, and assess a set of hoʻolauna practices to engage respectfully in Hawaiian restoration of our dryland native forests as a Kawaihae-stewarded community.
  • Pōhāhā I Ka Lani | $149,949
    Liko No Ka Lama
    To connect Native Hawaiian families with ʻāina stewardship and cultural education designed to increase the social and emotional competence of ʻohana and keiki.

Maui

  • Hāna Arts | $26,493
    Empowering East Maui Youth through Arts and Culture Education
    To empower East Maui youth through arts/culture by hosting classes, workshops and events that enhance education, confidence, and quality of life for this mostly Hawaiian demographic.
  • Mālama Nā Mākua
    A Keiki, Inc. | $75,000
    Family-Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Program
    To provide substance abuse treatment and surrounding support services to 60 Native Hawaiian women and children to achieve a significant reduction in substance use.
  • Maui Family Support Services, Inc. | $150,000
    Hoʻowaiwai Kaiāulu Project
    To provide a continuum of programs to strengthen the physical and mental wellbeing of Native Hawaiian ʻohana and keiki, increase their social and emotional competence, and improve ʻohana strengths and resilience.

Molokaʻi

  • Maui Family Support Services, Inc. | $41,199
    Hoʻowaiwai Kaiāulu Project – Molokaʻi
    To provide a continuum of programs to strengthen the physical and mental wellbeing of Native Hawaiian ʻohana and keiki, to increase their social and emotional competence, and improve ʻohana strengths and resilience.

Oʻahu

  • Adult Friends for Youth | $124,722
    Mobile Assessment Center
    To divert youth who commit status offenses in HPD District 8 (Waiʻanae/ʻEwa) from entering the juvenile justice system. Services improve the wellbeing of youth and their ʻohana and create safer schools and communities.
  • Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture | $123,541
    Kupu Ola Enhancement
    To provide culture-based learning activities to Native Hawaiian students and families on the Waiʻanae Coast to further increase cultural grounding, parent engagement, sense of identity and academic achievement.
  • Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services | $144,237
    Lāʻau Kū Makani
    To uplift ʻohana Hawaiʻi by restoring access to lāʻau lapaʻau and lomilomi. Growing community mauliola by connecting to ʻāina through forestry, providing education and care services, and expanding training for health practitioners.

Kauaʻi

  • Alu Like, Inc. | $61,446
    Project EA (Educational Assistant)
    To provide Educational Assistance training to kumu and mākua of haumāna attending Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha Learning Center to help increase literacy and digital media skills in their students.
  • Hanalei River Heritage Foundation | $9,199
    O Wailua Kuʻu Kulaiwi
    To provide Hawaiian language and culture classes to Hawaiian families experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity to build resilience to overcome adversity.
  • Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) | $56,254
    Kahili Beach Preserve ʻĀina-Based Education Program
    To support HILT’s strategic goal of welcoming schools, community groups, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, lineal descendants, visitors, and learners of all ages to deepen their connection to ʻāina on HILT lands.