Ola Ka Hāloa news program features stories making a difference in Hawaiian community

Watch every Saturday in May at 6 p.m. on KGMB

Sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Ola Ka Hāloa is a 30 minute broadcast produced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) that shares information directly from within OHA that helps Hawaii understand the work it does. The program also features people, events, and organizations that are making a difference in the Hawaiian community especially during these challenging times.

OHA was born out of the 1978 State Constitution with a mandate to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. It does that work through advocacy, research, community engagement, land management and the funding of community programs.

During a recent episode of Ola Ka Hāloa, the program featured OHA’s CEO and board of trustees chairwoman announcing a $3 million dollar COVID relief package for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries. It also featured OHA’s request to the governor regarding the very important subject of getting disaggregated data so that it may make important decisions on how to help beneficiaries. The upcoming election is a huge topic among beneficiaries, so OHA is focusing on the new way Hawaii is doing elections this year.

The episode of Ola Ka Hāloa airing Saturday, May 16, will feature an update on OHA’s Kaiaulu Meals program, an initiative to equip those in need of a face covering and an update on an important water case that was recently heard at the Supreme Court.

As a community with a strong cultural foundation, the program has seen some really amazing ways that educators, cultural practitioners, and families have adapted to online platforms and one such example is the online program, Lei Anuenue, which features Hawaiian language and cultural workshops five times a week with presenters from across Hawaii.

The program will also feature a segment on Native Hawaiian owned small businesses and a segment featuring Aloha Aina initiatives.

Ola Ka Hāloa will air every Saturday in May at 6 p.m. on KGMB with encores on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on KHNL and Tuesday at 7 p.m. on K5. You can also find episodes online at oha.org/olakahaloa.

For more information: oha.org/olakahaloa