Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) grantee Hāna Arts has announced a shift in their organization programming efforts to help support Maui beneficiaries affected by the wildfires.
In the past year, Hāna Arts has been awarded a pair of $10,000 ʻAhahui Event Grants from OHA as well as an $80,000 ʻOhana Community Grant for a project titled “Uniting East Maui ʻOhana through Arts and Culture.”
“Our educational programs have always been at the heart of our mission,” said Becky Lind, executive director of Hāna Arts. “This year, we’ve made a strategic pivot to incorporate art therapy elements into our curriculum. Given the trauma our students have experienced due to the wildfires, we believe it’s essential to provide a safe space for them to express themselves and heal through creative arts. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are seeing firsthand how art can be a powerful tool for emotional recovery.
Lind thanked OHA for its continued backing of the programs and services provided by Hāna Arts.
“It is OHA’s generosity that allows us to adapt, innovate, and respond effectively to the evolving needs of our community and OHA’s ongoing support has enabled us to make these crucial adaptations swiftly and effectively. The results have been inspiring, with students finding solace in creative expression and our community rallying together to support one another during these challenging times. We firmly believe that, together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of the people of Hāna.
“In the face of adversity, the spirit of Hāna shines brighter than ever. Together, we are building a stronger, more resilient community, and we are incredibly thankful to have OHA by our side on this journey.”