OHA Awards Nearly $70,000 in Event Grants


L-R: The 2020 Prince Lot Hula Festival (pictured here is Kumu Hula Leimomi Ho and the dancers of Hālau Kealiʻikaʻapunihonua Keʻena Aʻo Hula) and the 2022 Oʻahu Aloha Festival are among the community events that have received OHA ʻAhanui Event Grants.- Courtesy Photos

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) recently awarded nearly $70,000 in ʻAhahui Event Grants supporting seven upcoming community events.

ʻAhahui grants provide funding support to nonprofit organizations hosting events that provide significant benefit to the Native Hawaiian community and align with OHA’s strategic plan framework.

“These are events that help strengthen our foundational principles of ʻohana, moʻomeheu and ʻāina and will benefit not only Native Hawaiians but the broader public as well. We are proud to partner with these groups,” said OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey.

The Living Life Source Foundation was awarded $9,830 for its Waiakeakua Reforestation project scheduled for October. Native koa and ʻōhiʻa trees will be planted in the Waiakeakua Forest located in upper Mānoa Valley.

Awarded $10,000 grants were: the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, for its Hōʻihi event at the Royal Hawaiian Center intended to engage the community about the wahi pana of Waikīkī; Hāna Arts, to help support the Hāna Farmer’s Market on Maui; the Kualoa-Heʻeia Ecumenical Youth Project, to support the Koʻolau ʻOhana Festival in Kāneʻohe; Huliaupaʻa, for its Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective Wahi Kūpuna Stewardship Conference; and Adult Friends for Youth, for its PEARL Convention.

For more on OHA’s Grants Program please visit www.oha.org/grants.