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Ten organizations to receive funding for programs that benefit the Native Hawaiian community

Launching this Spring, OHA is awarding $500,000 to 10 non-profit organizations under its Kūlia Grants Program. Through this pilot program, OHA is providing smaller, one-year grant awards for projects that benefit the Native Hawaiian community and align with the agency’s broad strategic priorities of health, education, income and housing, land and water, and culture.

“After thorough review of all grant applications, we are very pleased to announce that we will be providing funding to 10 non-profit organizations in support of programs that will directly impact the lives of Native Hawaiians.” said OHA Chair Colette Y. Machado.

“The services provided by these organizations range from culture and education, to healthcare and housing and will help Native Hawaiians across the state and in the communities in which they live. It is important to OHA that we support projects that kōkua where they are most needed,” said Kamana‘opono Crabbe, OHA Chief Executive Officer/Ka Pouhana.

Unlike OHA’s Community Grants Program that typically provides larger, multi-year grant awards that require a minimum of 20 percent matching funds, Kūlia Grant Program awards are smaller, ranging between $25,000 and $100,000; carry one-year terms; and require just a 10-percent funding match. The Kūlia Grants may also be used for capacity building and capital improvement projects, which are prohibited under the Community Grants Program.

OHA received a total of 81 applications with 51 eligible for review. The applications were reviewed by a team of external Native Hawaiian grant reviewers and scored on organizational capacity, scope of services, experience, project plan, service delivery and budget. The OHA Board of Trustees approved the following 10 non-profit organizations for funding through the Kūlia Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2018:


  • Hawaiian Kamali‘i, Inc. (Maui)
    Project: Hawaiian Kamali‘i Summer Program
    The program provides a seven week cultural education exploration program centered on huaka‘i (field trips), including a voyage to Kaho‘olawe. Goal is for 60 Native Hawaiian children to develop a strong identity through Hawaiian culture. ($25,110)
  • Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i (Hawai‘i)
    Project: Certified Kitchen for the Miloli‘i Community Enrichment and Historical Center (Community Center)
    The project will provide a DHS-certified kitchen at the Miloli‘i Community Center so that Miloli‘i can have its own charter school and to allow the community to prepare food for the community and to cater food. ($74,000)


  • Partners in Development Foundation (Hawai‘i)
    Project: Ka Pa‘alana Family Education and Homeless Outreach
    The program will provide family education programming and outreach to homeless and at-risk Native Hawaiian families with young children (age 0-5) to improve health and school readiness. The program will also equip caregivers to be their child’s first and most important teacher, empower adults toward better health and self-sufficiency. ($100,000)
Photo: Students dancing
Hāna Arts 4th grade students wearing ti leaf lei they crafted in class. -Photo: Courtesy
  • Hāna Arts (Maui)
    Project: Inspiring East Maui Youth through Arts & Culture Education
    The project seeks to inspire youth of East Maui through arts and culture by hosting classroom teachings, workshops & events that stimulate and broaden each youth’s potential. ($25,000)


  • Moloka‘i General Hospital (Moloka‘i)
    Project: Expansion of services at Moloka‘i General Hospital’s Wound Care Clinic
    The project will support the expansion and improvement of services that are offered at Moloka‘i General Hospital’s Wound Care Clinic by providing non-invasive upper and lower extremity vascular assessments. This will allow people on island to receive a service that is currently not available and important in assessing and determining the best treatment plan for a wound. ($41,150)
Photo: Students from Waimānalo Elementary
Project Vision Hawaiʻi provided comprehensive eye screening and prescription glasses to these students from Waimānalo Elementary. -Photo: Courtesy
  • Project Vision Hawai‘i (Hawai‘i, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu)
    Project: Better Vision for Keiki – Vision Care for Children in Native Hawaiian Charter Schools
    The project will provide vision screenings, exams, and glasses to Native Hawaiian children throughout the state and will provide school-wide vision care services to children in Native Hawaiian charter schools. ($26,515)
  • Five Mountains Hawai‘i, DBA Kīpuka o ke Ola (Hawai‘i)
    Project: Ho‘ulu ke Ola
    The project will enhance Kīpuka o ke Ola’s ability to serve the lāhui of North Hawai‘i by helping sustain clinical facility, add essential clinical staff and increase Native Hawaiians on the patient panel. It will also provide substantially more high-quality primary care and behavioral health services to the lāhui. ($51,000)


  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity (O‘ahu)
    Project: Home Ownership Outreach to Native Hawaiians
    The project will provide education on home ownership and home restoration programs to low-income Native Hawaiian families to improve housing stability and conditions, and increase home ownership among this population. ($40,717)
  • Marimed Foundation (O‘ahu)
    Project: Maritime Careers Exploration and Placement Program
    The project will provide maritime training, education and job placement services for unemployed and underemployed Native Hawaiian men and women. ($41,508)


Photo: People gathering Loko ea

  • Mālama Loko Ea Foundation (O‘ahu)
    Project: ‘Amapō Ea
    The project will return the Loko ea to original intention as a sustainable food source for the Waialua Moku. ($75,000)