So it’s Aloha Friday.Â It seems like we should start things with a picture of a surfing squirrel.Â (With all credit to the Photoshop wizards that created it.)Â Granted, this has very little to do with grants for Native Hawaiians, unless it’s possible to get funding from OHA for a surfing squirrel program.Â (And I’m not saying that it’s not.)Â But it can’t all be frustrating government spending programs and mysterious money trails.
So . . . have you been enjoying any Hawaiian language television lately?Â Don’t look at me–I have vitally important Survivor episodes to catch up on.Â Also, I can’t speak Hawaiian.Â But I do hope that there are quite a few of you out there just pining to see some Hawaiian-language programming.Â Because in 2009, the federal Department of Health and Human Services granted $494,104 to Aha Punana Leo for the development of Hawaiian language video content for broadcast.Â Apparently, the ability to channel surf right past Hawaiian language programming while trying to find the UH game will help, “advance the social development of Native Hawaiians.”Â Of course, here in Hawaii, we’re surrounded by examples and uses of the Hawaiian language, and I can’t see how it does much to offer practical help to the average Native Hawaiian, but who knows . . . maybe a few public access TV programs will do the trick.