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OHA to Host Kūlia Grant Orientations on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will host orientation sessions on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi over the next two weeks for its new $500,000 pilot grants program, which will offer smaller, one-year funding awards for projects that benefit the Native Hawaiian community.

The Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi meetings are part of a set of 18 orientation sessions that OHA will host statewide throughout October for its Kūlia Grants Program, for which the agency is currently accepting applications.

OHA’s Kūlia Grants Program is intended to provide financial assistance to projects that are not generally covered by its standard Community Grants Program. OHA’s Community Grants Program typically provides larger, multi-year grant awards that require a minimum of 20 percent matching funds.

In contrast, Kūlia Grant awards will be smaller, ranging between $25,000 and $100,000; only carry one-year terms; and require just a 10-percent funding match. Kūlia Grants may be used for capacity building and capital improvement projects, which are prohibited under the Community Grants Program.

In addition, while Community Grants awards must contribute to the agency’s specific Strategic Result benchmarks, Kūlia Grants only need to align with OHA’s broader Strategic Priorities of health; education; income and housing; land and water; and culture.


Eligible non-profit organizations must submit applications by 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Applications are only available online.

Kūlia Grants are subject to approval by OHA’s Board of Trustees and to the availability of funding.

Applicants are required to attend a Kūlia Grants orientation session to be eligible for the grant. Due to limited seating capacity, registration for the mandatory orientation sessions is required in advance.

Maui County Kūlia Grants orientations:


Date: Friday, Oct. 12
Times: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (two separate sessions)
Location: Kulana ʻŌiwi Complex – Building D2, OHA Conference Room, 600 Maunaloa Hwy, Kaunakakai, Hawaiʻi 96748

Date: Friday, Oct. 19
Times: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (two separate sessions)
Location: Maui Beach Hotel, Lānaʻi Room, 170 West Kaʻahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI 96732

Date: Friday, Oct. 19
Times: 11:30 a.m.
Location: 431 7th Street, Unit A, Lānaʻi City, HI 96763

For those unable to attend an orientation session in person, web conferencing will be available for the Oct. 29 orientation session.


For more information about the Kūlia Grants Program, including the solicitation, online application and full orientation schedule, please visit

For specific information about the Molokaʻi orientation sessions and to register, call OHA’s Molokaʻi office at (808) 560-3967 or e-mail

For specific information about the Maui orientation sessions and to register, call OHA’s Maui office at 873-3364 or e-mail

For specific information about the Lānaʻi orientation sessions and to register, call OHA’s Lānaʻi office at 565-7930 or e-mail


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