Notice to all OHA Beneficiaries

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During the COVID-19 crisis, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ priority is to maintain safe and healthy community and work environments for OHA staff and beneficiaries while also, to the extent possible, limiting disruptions in our services to the lāhui.

Following federal and state guidance, including Governor David Ige’s announcement on March 17, 2020, OHA closed all of its offices to the public as of Wednesday March 18, 2020. OHA’s offices will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020, in compliance with Governor Ige’s “stay-at-home” mandate that went into effect on March 25, 2020. This includes our Honolulu, neighbor island and Washington, D.C. offices.

Modified services to our beneficiaries will continue during this period. Non-essential OHA staff are teleworking from home. Continued services will follow federal and state guidance on social distancing and require advance scheduling of appointments.

Updates to OHA’s operational plans and available services will be posted at www.oha.org/covid19 and on OHA social media platforms.

While these are unprecedented times, our lāhui has historically demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of daunting challenges. Our aloha spirit, as well as our strong sense of kuleana to mālama each other, are the unbreakable cultural values that have enabled us to persevere as a people. OHA stands with our community and is committed to continuing to serve our beneficiaries during this time of need.

Updates and additional information will be available at www.oha.org/covid19, on OHA social media platforms and via phone at 808-594-1835.

For information about COVID-19, please visit:

• World Heath Organization:
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

• Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

• State of Hawai‘i Department of Health:
health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/