Office of Hawaiian Affairs News Release
HANALEI, KAUA‘I – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) on June 20 distributed the first set of disaster relief checks to 58 Native Hawaiians households impacted by the April flood on Kaua‘i.
The checks were distributed at OHA’s Board meeting at the Waipā Foundation in Hanalei, Kaua‘i.
“This community is working extremely hard to bounce back,” said Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau Trustee Dan Ahuna. “The support OHA has been able to provide is an example of what we can accomplish when we as an agency stand behind our community. We have relief funds still available and urge people to help us get the word out to beneficiaries who still need kōkua.”
On June 7, the OHA Board announced a relief package of emergency loans and $500,000 in aid for Native Hawaiians impacted by the natural disasters on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island.
Since then, OHA began collaborating with Catholic Charities Hawai‘i to distribute $200,000 in OHA funds to Native Hawaiian households on Kaua‘i affected by the flood. The one-time emergency financial assistance may be used for food, clothing, medicine, or other materials; emergency housing; medical and related services; transportation; and dependent child or elder care. In addition, OHA is partnering with the Waipā Foundation to distribute $50,000 to kalo farmers affected by the flooding and is also offering disaster relief loans for a variety of needs.
Updates for OHA’s relief efforts for Hawai‘i Island will be available at www.oha.org/puna.