March 2, 2022, 11:07 a.m. HST
Each year, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands awards grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a purpose to benefit Native Hawaiians. In this round of grants, 14 recipients will share $859,375 through the ministry’s community development program.
Three recipients are from Moloka’i: Ho’opili Farmers Association and Kalama’ula Homesteaders Association each received $100,000 and Moloka’i Homestead Farmers Alliance received $5,000. And the Wakiu The Community Development Corporation, representing East Maui beneficiaries, also received $5,000.
In June 2021, the Hawaiian Homes Commission approved $1 million from the Native Hawaiian Rehabilitation Fund for the current fiscal year. Funds have been administratively allocated at the rate of $100,000 for capacity building and $900,000 for priority projects in the regional plan.
The Capacity Building grant aims to help recipient organizations achieve their mission and community vision by improving and strengthening their organizational capacity.
The Regional Plan Priority Project Grant is intended to help recipient organizations lead and implement a priority project identified in a regional plan approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission.
Priority projects of the regional plan
- ($100,000) – Ho’opili Farmers’ Association for the priority project of the Moloka’i regional plan: Shared agricultural equipment. The funds will be used to build on Napualei o Hina’s previous work by using its data to expand the shared equipment project and provide equipment to help farmers expand their operations without substantial capital investment. This is a joint project with Napualei o Hina and Ahupua’ao Moloka’i.
- ($100,000) – Kalama’ula Farmers’ Association for the priority project of the Moloka’i regional plan: Road improvements. The funds will be used to inventory, assess conditions and prioritize road improvement needs in and around Kalamaula and Ho’olehua homesteads.
- ($100,000) – Five Mountains Hawaii, Inc. for the Waimea Nui Regional Plan Priority Project: Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Community Complex – Planning. The funds will be used for the planning and design services of engineers and architects for the rural health center to be located in the Waimea Hawaiian Homestead community complex on Hawaiian lands. This is a joint project with the Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation and the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association Inc. (WHHAI). Five Mountains represents WHHAI’s Indigenous Health Division.
- ($100,000) – La’i’Opua 2020 for the Kealakehe-La’i ‘Ōpua 2020 Regional Plan Priority Project: North Kona Water Source Development and Storage. The funds will be used to sensitize stakeholders and the community regarding the water source development project. The project is expected to support homestead development projects and community support facilities.
- ($100,000) – Princess Kahanu Estates Association for the priority project of the Nānākuli regional plan: Identify and seize opportunities for “Pono economic development” and community action. The funds will be used to expand the existing community center, including closing the patio to be used as a multi-purpose room, adding a certified kitchen and planning for a new larger clubhouse.
- ($100,000) – Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association, Inc. for the Waimea Nui Regional Plan Priority Project: Supporting and assisting agricultural and pastoral tenants in Waimea Nui. The funds will be used to help 250 ranchers access federal technical assistance and funding resources, develop ranch plans, and replace or build fences. This project is a response to the devastation caused by the summer 2021 forest fire.
- $100,000 to Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation for the Waimea Nui Regional Plan Priority Project: Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Community Complex – Planning. The funds will be used to complete the financing needed to begin construction of a county water main and road leading to the property.
- ($85,000) – Keaukaha Pana’ewa Farmers Alliance, using fiscal sponsor Keaukaha Panaewa Community Alliance for the priority project of the Pana’ewa regional plan: Agricultural Marketing and Training Center. The funds will be used to complete the environmental assessment required by Chapter 343 of the Revised Laws of Hawaii.
- ($49,375) – Kailapa Community Association for Kawaihae Regional Plan Priority Project: Kawaihae Water and Energy Research and Development. The funds will be used for research and the feasibility of using a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands well and desalination treatment facility as the water source for the Kawaihae Unit #1 (PWS No. 164) water system owned to DHHL, which serves Kailapa. property.
Project Implementation: Capacity Building
- ($5,000) – Wakiu Community Development Corporation engage in a process of strategic planning, community engagement, program development and evaluation, including fund development. Wakiu CDC is a new organization representing the beneficiaries of East Maui.
- ($5,000) – Moloka’i Homestead Farmers Alliance conduct community workshops on business planning and the US Internal Revenue Service Section 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption application process for charities.
- ($5,000) – La’i ‘Ōpua 2020 for its workforce development program to increase communications and renew and increase partnerships, using methods such as: consultation with beneficiaries, in coordination with the association of the villages of La ‘i ‘Ōpua, making puwalu, sending newsletters and designing websites.
- ($5,000) – Pa’upena Community Development, Inc. to create and hire a part-time executive director position and mentor the next generation leader.
- ($5,000) – Princess Kahanu Estates Association establish a permanent imu as a place to gather, share cultural practices and engage in community.
Future grant solicitations are expected in fiscal year 2023, subject to funding approval by the Hawaiian Homes Commission.