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OHA donates $125,000 to Goodwill

Various entities get grants from private and governmental sources of funding

By Star-Advertiser staff


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs gave Goodwill Industries of Hawaii a $125,000 grant for the Ola I Ka Hana Youth Program, which helps Native Hawaiian middle and high school students in Hawaii County.

The OHA funding will fund services for 60 youth in East and West Hawaii, a news release said.

Youth mentors will address student life, social, educational and employment challenges; provide tutoring and homework support during and after school; and provide basic math and reading skills training.

"Goodwill Industries of Hawaii is honored to be the recipient of this grant, which will enable us to expand our range and scope of services for Native Hawaiians and contribute to the academic readiness of Native Hawaiian youth," Bettye Williams, Goodwill Hawaii County operations director, said in a news release.

For more information on the program, call Williams at 961-0307.

In other grant news:

» The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Hawaii at Hilo a $500,000 grant to help Native Hawaiians pursue careers in health and medi­cine.

The money will support programs offering mentoring and enrichment to children in kindergarten through grade 12. The money will also pay for tutorials, field trips, internships and research for college students.

Na Pua Noeau Executive Director Dr. David Sing said UH-Hilo is joining institutions such as the UH School of Medicine to address health problems of Native Hawaiians. Na Pua Noeau is a program for gifted Native Hawaiian K-12 students.

» The Locations Foundation gave $25,000 to Palolo Elementary School to help create a new science laboratory and gardens.

The gardens will include a rain forest, an urban garden, a peace garden and a garden with a variety of medicinal plants.

The Locations Foundation is the nonprofit entity of real estate firm Prudential Locations LLC.

» Hawaii Medical Service Association and Healthways Hawaii made a $10,000 donation to Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

The money will help the nonprofit provide meals and visits to about 1,200 senior citizens, Lanakila Meals on Wheels said in a news release.

HMSA employees earned more than $8,300 for donation to charity by using Healthways' Well-Being Connect online tool to manage and maintain their well-being for the final quarter of the year.

Employees chose Lanakila Meals on Wheels as the recipient, and Healthways kicked in money to make the donation a round $10,000.

» The East-West Center has been awarded $173,000 in funding to study how key climate information spreads across different sectors and countries in the Pacific.

With $148,000 in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and $25,000 from the Department of Interior's Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, researchers will collect data to analyze the flow of information on climate and fresh water in Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands.

"Due to the large amount of distance between Pacific islands and their diverse cultures, environments and economies, collaboration and communication about climate knowledge and fragile water resources across the region is essential," said East-West Center environmental researcher Victoria Keener, the project's principal investigator.

» The Hawaii Branch of the International Dyslexia Association received four grants totaling $80,000 in support of its Odyssey and Public Awareness Projects.

Grants were made by the Atherton Family Foundation, the Hawaii Pizza Hut Literacy Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, the Thomas J. Long Foundation and the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation.

Money will help the association offer training to teachers who work with children with dyslexia and provide public awareness workshops, publications, and information and referral services.

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bender wrote:
So state tax revenues given to OHA for their purpose were then donated to Goodwill. Seems like OHA was a tool to circumvent the legislature's decision to reduce grants to non-profits.
on December 20,2012 | 05:05AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
OHA's answer would be that these are not tax revenues but ceded lands revenues. OHA loves to make that distinction. But of course the government gets dollars both from taxes and from income from public lands; and money is fungible. So it really doesn't matter whether it's tax dollars or land revenues -- it's all one big pot of money; and if we give money to OHA then the government must make up for it either by raising taxes or by cutting services.
on December 20,2012 | 05:13AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Whoever wrote the headline for this article did a really lousy job. Read the article again. Notice that OHA didn't give the money to Goodwill for Goodwill to help everybody it helps; OHA gave the money THROUGH Goodwill but only for the benefit of ethnic Hawaiians. Then, keep reading the article and notice that the great majority of the money mentioned throughout the article has nothing to do with OHA or with Goodwill, but other charities. Looks like this newspaper editor wants to make OHA look good, when really most of the good was done by non-race-based organizations for the benefit of people of all races.
on December 20,2012 | 09:25PM
Lanikaula wrote:
",,,if we give money to OHA then the government must make up for it either by raising taxes or by cutting services." As opposed to the BILLION$$$, no TRILLION$$$ that this illegal state usurped since its inception off of Hawaii resources: fiscal, natural and people...its CONTROL of ALL banks, shipping, EVERYTHING that makes money. SEE: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/17995/alcantara_index.pdf?sequence=1 INDEX Bureau of Insular Affairs. BIA First under War Department "...HSPA: established in 1895... Governed by five trustees, each representing one of the Big Five, who elect the president for the year, who serve as president by annual rotation. Thus the agencies held 9753 of the total 10,103 votes on policies...policies of the oligarchy were thus affected by the HSPA...In the 1940's, the Big Five officers and directors controlled 96% of the sugar companies, three irrigation, companies, three banks, five public utilities, four pineapple companies, two steamship companies, two newspapers, two insurance companies and seventeen other miscellaneous concerns...The territorial government was controlled in large part by the sugar interest...Thus, concluded the report, the centralization of control "is not confined to the sugar industry alone, but extends into practically every aspect of economic life of Hawaii." &Bu of Labor Statistics, Report, 1939, p. 196&...so KKKonklin get the FACTS straight!! OHA definitely needs reorganization, but the source, at this time, of its income is but a small part of what THIS 'state' owes to the Kanaka Maoli Hawaii people's government.
on December 20,2012 | 06:19AM
allie wrote:
race discrimination is illegal. Look for many of the race-based proigrams that wasted so much tax payer money to vanish with the disappearance of Senator Inouye. After hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars spent, what have we gotten from these programs? How effective were they? Nobody dares say
on December 20,2012 | 09:33AM
8082062424 wrote:
let not forget you live off a raced base program. if it so bad then there should be none at all.what have we gotten from these programs you for one which say a lot .
on December 20,2012 | 11:57AM
8082062424 wrote:
the passing of Senator Inouye will not impact native Hawaiian programs more and more the cases are won in court, it will impact the rest of this island though. Our military bases for one . it will impact this island big. he is the one that kept pearl harbour going and saved hundreds of jobs
on December 20,2012 | 12:02PM
Lanikaula wrote:
I see that the TWO largest banks doesn't give THIS entity a dime! SEE: http://www.staradvertiser.com/business/businessnews/20121220__2_dozen_Hawaii_nonprofits_benefit_from_banks_generosity.html & http://www.staradvertiser.com/businesspremium/20121116__Nonprofits_in_Hawaii_Pacific_get_2_5_million_from_FHB.html A DROP IN da BUCKET!
on December 20,2012 | 06:25AM
allie wrote:
actually I agree with Lani here. BOH should give tens of millions to charity out here
on December 20,2012 | 09:31AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Is that all? These crown lands which belong to ali'i have resulted in millions upon millions of dollars for thieves to misappropriate. They should have given MUCH more to keiki. Auwe.

on December 20,2012 | 08:43AM
allie wrote:
Sorry but these millions of dollars come from the tax payer. And let us be honest: most tax payers in Hawaii do not benefit from OHA at all. This is a bizarre state to say the least
on December 20,2012 | 09:31AM
8082062424 wrote:
These are ceded lands revenues that the state owes OHA plain and simple. Now in your case tons of tax dollars goes into your reservations not to mention your free ticket you live off. You one to talk bizarre. you are the most twisted and bizarre person i have ever come into contact with, You out right hate for Hawaii and native Hawaiians . coming from some one who is living of government money only makes it worst
on December 20,2012 | 11:01AM
allie wrote:
what are talking about? I love Hawaii
on December 20,2012 | 02:51PM
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