OHA grants assist housing, education
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees has awarded nearly $6 million for 12 programs serving native Hawaiians.
The funds approved earlier this month will support projects ranging from transitional housing and the construction of a community kitchen to dyslexia education and the training of teachers.
» $1.2 million to Kahikolu 'Ohana Hale o Waianae to support its transitional housing and vocational education shelter and center on the Leeward Coast.
» $750,000 to the University of Hawaii College of Education's Ho'okulaiwi 'Aha Ho'ona'auao, also known as the Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education, to support the preparation of teachers and educational leaders for Hawaiian communities.
» $630,000 to the UH law school's Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.
» $500,000 for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' Home Ownership Assistance Program.
» $500,000 to Hale Kipa Inc. to support the design and construction of a comprehensive program support center and residential shelter complex in Ewa.
» $500,000 to Lokahi Pacific to support the rehabilitation and renovation of the historical Kalanianaole Hall on Molokai.
» $500,000 to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc. for construction of the Ohana Career and Learning Center in the Kapolei Business Park.
» $393,011 to Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii Inc. for tutoring services and raising community awareness about dyslexia for native Hawaiians.
» $305,000 to UH's Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.
» $300,000 to the Waipa Foundation for design and construction of a community kitchen, including a poi production facility.
» $300,000 to Kai'opua Canoe Club, to support construction of a canoe halau in Kailua-Kona.
» $90,000 to UH for graduate fellowships for native Hawaiian students enrolled in doctoral degree programs during the final year of preparation for their Ph.D. degrees.