The national initiative known as Cities For Citizenship granted money to help green-card holders in Hawaii apply to become citizens.

It's a $4,500 grant accepted by local non-profit, The Legal Clinic, who's workshops are run by volunteers from local union Unite Here Local-5.

The money could only be granted by request of the city and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

It's enough money for four workshops next year, directly effecting nearly 200 more people.

The citizen workshops started last year and so far The Legal Clinic and the Local-5 have helped more than 250 people fill out applications.

Another challenge for people seeking citizenship is cost. The application fee is $725 but The Legal Clinic says there are waivers available.

Those interested in signing up can go to