OHA's new 15-year plan, entitled Mana i Mauli Ola, or "Health to Wellbeing," is designed to combine the needs of Native Hawaiians with traditional Hawaiian principles and strengths. It has four goals: educational pathways, health outcomes, quality housing and economic stability.
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The plan also recognizes that Hawaii’s three main foundational strengths are ‘ohana (family), mo’omeheu (culture) and ‘āina (land).
“OHA is putting our strategic plan into action to create mauli ola for the lahui by providing resources through our grants programs, mālama loans and scholarships,” said Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey of OHA. OHA is also working to engage with the community, advocate for Native Hawaiians at all levels of government and conduct research.
The plan includes an increased grants budget as well, meaning that more money will circulate through the local economy and support community members. This year alone, it has rolled out five new grant programs, including kupuna care, COVID-19 relief and homestead community grants.
OHA has also created a documentary called “Mana i Mauli Ola,” to promote its plan. The film allows viewers to meet OHA’s new leadership and hear the stories of community partners who have utilized OHA grants and loans to fulfill their dreams. It will air July 2 immediately following Merrie Monarch Kahiko Night.
“Our goal is to build upon the work that has been done at the agency since its inception in 1980 and make the agency the best it can be, because that is the type of agency that the Hawaiian people deserve,” said Lindsey.
For more information: oha.org