HANALEI — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently distributed the first set of disaster relief checks to 58 Native Hawaiians households impacted by the April flood on Kauai.
The checks were distributed at OHA’s Board meeting at the Waipa Foundation in Hanalei.
“This community is working extremely hard to bounce back,” said Kauai and Niihau 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 kokua.”
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 Kauai and Hawaii Island.
Since then, OHA began collaborating with Catholic Charities Hawaii to distribute $200,000 in OHA funds to Native Hawaiian households on Kauai 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 Waipa Foundation to distribute $50,000 to kalo farmers affected by the flooding and is also offering disaster relief loans for a variety of needs.
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