HONOLULU (KHON2) – Officials from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced that $ 1.25 million in grants will support the Native Hawaiian community through 14 nonprofits in Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai.
OHA says its grant program for the Ohana and Community Programs aims to strengthen the family, culture, land and water of Native Hawaiians.
Adult Friends for Youth is set to establish a center in Waianae and ‘Ewa that will help prevent children who commit status offenses from escaping the juvenile justice system with the help of the grants.
Other projects that received grants included the restoration of native dryland forests on the island of Hawaii, an addiction treatment program in Maui, restoring access to traditional healing methods on Oahu and an āina-based education program in Kauai.
“We believe that we can best address the disparities indigenous Hawaiians face today by focusing on supporting and strengthening the foundational strengths of our culture. We recognize that these foundations have the power to affect the well-being of Native Hawaiians, and we are very proud to partner with these community organizations who share our goals and objectives in advancing lāhui.
Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
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