The Office of Hawaiian Affairs wants kokua from the community to revamp how it helps Native Hawaiians.

OHA's launched a new campaign called 'OHA Planning for 2020 & Beyond.' Its an effort to reel in input from beneficiaries to  determine how its financial grants are awarded.

Increasing the number of kanaka maoli graduates from the University of Hawai'i system was a major focus during the last community driven strategic plan in 2008.
Since then, OHA's provided more than $30 million in scholarships.   

In the coming weeks, OHA is hosting a series of meetings statewide that can help determine other initiatives.

"Services, our advocacy. What it is that we go in front of the legislature for, what it is that we go in front of the county with. What it is that we put in our programs. All of these priorities are decided during the strategic planning process," said Director of OHA Community Engagement Mehanaokala Hind.

Another big focus is placing more Hawaiians into homes. OHA's awarded grants to groups like the Nanakuli Housing Corporation who have helped thousands of Hawaiians become homeowners. The organization holds free workshops that specialize in financial literacy.  

"A lot of families come and they feel very intimidated by the process knowing what the market is like outside. The cost-of-living is very high. A lot of them come into the program thinking homeownership is not possible. We provide them the education that they need so that they don't have to leave where they were born and raised," said NHC financial housing couneslor Clarence Kalima.

Revitalizing cultural practices is also on the priority list. OHA trustees hope to hear from the lahui on where the spotlight should shine on in the years to come.

An online survey is also available for those who are not able to make the scheduled meetings.

Public meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

  • May 24, Waimanalo, O'ahu, Blanche Pope Elementary School Cafeteria, 41-133 Huli St., Waimanalo, HI 96795
  • May 28, Lana'i, Lana'i Community Center, Eighth St. and Lana'i Ave., Lana'i City, HI 96763
  • June 3, Kona, Hawai'i Island, West Hawai'i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua, HI 96740
  • June 4, Hau'ula, O'ahu, Hau'ula Elementary School, 54-046 Kamehameha Hwy., Hau'ula, HI 96717 (new addition to the schedule)
  • June 5, Kaua'i, Kaua'i Community College Cafeteria, 3-1901 Kaumuali'i Hwy., Lihu'e, HI 96766
  • June 6, Moloka'i, Kulana 'Oiwi, Mauna Loa Hwy., Kaunakakai, HI 96748