Embrace and Carry Forward the Themes of Makahiki

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Photo: Stacy Ferreira

Aloha mai kākou,

As we enter the final stretch of Makahiki season, a time traditionally marked by peace, festivity, and reflection, it’s pivotal for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to embrace these deep-rooted themes. This period, significant in Hawaiian culture for its celebration of Lono, the god of agriculture, peace, and fertility, offers a unique lens through which we can view and shape our strategies for the coming year.

Education remains an important cornerstone of our mission. As Lono symbolizes growth and prosperity, we’re reminded of the vital role education plays in nurturing the minds of our keiki and ʻōpio. In 2024, OHA is committed to supporting educational environments that honor Hawaiian culture, language, and history, ensuring that our future generations carry the wisdom of our ancestors.

In healthcare, the Makahiki season’s emphasis on rejuvenation and wellbeing aligns perfectly with our goals. We are dedicated to improving access to quality healthcare for Native Hawaiians, focusing on holistic approaches that encompass physical, mental, and spiritual health, deeply rooted in our traditional healing practices.

Housing is more than a basic need; it’s a right. In the spirit of Makahiki, a time of abundance and peace, OHA will continue to advocate for affordable housing solutions that respect the land and culture, ensuring that every Native Hawaiian has a safe and nurturing place to call home.

Economic stability is crucial. Just as the Makahiki season was a time for the redistribution of wealth and resources, we at OHA recognize the importance of economic empowerment for our community. Our strategies for 2024 will focus on sustainable development, job creation, and support for Hawaiian businesses, driving forward an economy that benefits all Native Hawaiians.

As we bid farewell to this Makahiki season, let’s carry its themes forward, allowing them to guide and inspire our actions in the coming year. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs stands committed to honoring our past, embracing the present, and building a future where every Native Hawaiian thrives.

Me ka haʻahaʻa,
Stacy Kealohalani Ferreira
Ka Pouhana | Chief Executive Officer