OHA is holding meetings on the outer islands, part of which includes discussion of some of their ongoing grant projects. Â For more, check out the OHA release/newsletter blurb below:
The Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs traveled to Kauaâ€˜i for the first in a series of five community meetings with Native Hawaiians on the Neighbor Islands.
The community meeting â€“ hosted by Trustee Donald B. Cataluna â€“ drew a crowd of nearly 40 people to the King Kaumualiâ€˜i School cafeteria.
Community member Alroy Enos, who is President of Ka Hale Pono, expressed appreciation for the $10,000 grant OHA awarded his organization to fund the first-ever parade in Anahola to mark Prince KÃ¼hiÃ¶ Day.
Liberta Hussey-Albao, a 42-year Kauaâ€˜i resident who has taken up genealogy as a hobby, offered her gratitude for the Papakilo Database, which she praised for assisting her efforts to trace family roots since OHA unveiled it in April.
Perhaps the most poignant moment came during a joint presentation by Rowena Contrades-Pangan and Anela PÃ¤, the co-Directors of the Hoâ€˜omana, which was created eight years ago with a $50,000 grant from OHA for such efforts as moving Native Hawaiians and others from welfare to work and providing inmates with a fighting chance when they get out of jail.
One of the programâ€™s tough-to-employ clients fought back tears as she told the Trustees about recently completing a five-year prison sentence and receiving hope for her future from the program, which stepped in to provide her with job training and clothing at a time when family members and others gave up on her.
According to OHA Chairperson Colette Machado, LÃ¤naâ€˜i will be the next stop for the Trustees, who will meet with Native Hawaiians on that island June 15-16 before heading to Molokaâ€˜i in July, Maui in August, then the Big Island in September.