Nearly $7M in grants given

OHA gives $6M for Native Hawaiian programs

HONOLULU – The Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Thursday approved $6 million in grants over the next two fiscal years to programs benefiting the Native Hawaiian community.

The 23 organizations receiving grant funding will help OHA meet its Strategic Plan priorities relating to housing, income, health, education and culture. The funds will be disbursed for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Grant recipients include:

Land

Ka Honua Momona International, $500,000

A collaboration between Ka Honua Momona of Molokai and Waipa Foundation of Kauai to grow environmental resources, cultural practices and financial sustainability, ultimately ensuring abundance for Native Hawaiians and future generations.

Health

Malama Kauai, $170,000

The project will deliver a nutritious, consistent and culturally-relevant school meal program and strengthen health-related education within two Hawaiian public charter schools to improve the health and lifestyle choices of students and families.

The Salvation Army-Family Treatment Services, $180,000

The project aims to improve the health of Hawaiian women recovering from substance abuse and addiction and prevent obesity and reduce weight gain related to cessation of tobacco, methamphetamine and other drugs, by engaging women in Hawaiian cultural practices that support health and by providing information and skills to live a healthy lifestyle.

Hawaii Community Foundation gives $400,000

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Community Foundation announced its 2017 recipients of the Community Restoration Partnership grants, totaling $400,000 to fund the protection and restoration of Hawaii’s coastal areas on seven of the Hawaiian Islands.

The CRP is a collaboration of foundations and private donors who provide funds for on-the-ground lower watershed and coastal restoration projects throughout Hawai‘i that involve community stewardship activities and focus on durable and sustainable positive impacts on coastal and near shore marine areas.

Grant recipients on Kauai include:

Hui Maka‘ainana o Makana: To support the restoration of the Haena ahupua‘a through lo‘i restoration, increased community capacity, and monitoring changes in natural resource health.

Kumano I Ke Ala O Makaweli: To support the Kulaiwi Restoration Project, which is centered on the removal of invasive species and replanting of 20 acres of lo‘i and mala farm lands in Makaweli.

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