News Briefs | February 2023


OHA in the Community

The 2023 Hawaiʻi State Legislative Session opened on Jan. 18 and representatives from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) were there to meet and talk story with legislators. Representing OHA were Trustee Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey, Trustee Kalei Akaka, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sylvia Hussey, Chief Operating Officer Casey Brown, Community Engagement Director and Interim Chief Advocate Capsun Poe, and Consultant Ann Chung. Legislators in these photos (left to right) are Rep. Della Au Belatti; Sen. Kurt Fevella; Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole; and Rep. Kyle Yamashita.

2023-2024 Nā Hokua STEM Scholarship Now Open

The purpose of the Nā Hokua STEM Scholarship is to assist full-time or part-time Native Hawaiian undergraduate students pursuing a STEM certificate or degree at a University of Hawaiʻi (UH) System Community College (CC) or Education Center (EC).

Students must be of Hawaiian ancestry and pursuing a STEM field of study. Please contact us if you are unsure if your field of study qualifies as a STEM field. Students from all islands are highly encouraged to apply.

  • The prospective recipient must be attending classes at a UHCC (Hana EC, Hawaiʻi CC (Hilo), Hawaiʻi CC – Pālamanui, Honolulu CC, Kapiʻolani CC, Kauaʻi CC, Kō EC, Lahaina EC, Lana i EC, Leeward CC, Certificate or 2-year Programs at Maui College, Molokai EC, Waiʻanae Moku, Windward CC)
  • The prospective recipient must be of Hawaiian ancestry
  • The prospective recipient must be majoring in or have the emphasis/intent to major in a STEM field of study
  • The prospective recipient must be enrolled at least part-time (6 credits)
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed 12-36 credits by the end of the Spring 2023 semester
  • Preference will be given to applicants pursuing a professional certificate or associate degree

Application Closes on March 17, 2023. For more information visit