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OHA donates instruments to burglarized school

  • COURTESY OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

    (L-R) OHAʻs Ka Pouhana Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, Vice Chair Dan Ahuna, Kūhiō Lewis, Sterling Wong, DOE CAS Ruth Silberstein, OHA Chair Colette Machado and Principal Linell Dilwith following OHA’s gift presentation at Stevenson Middle School.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is replacing musical instruments stolen from a school that many Native Hawaiian children attend.

OHA officials visited Stevenson Middle School Thursday to present a flute, piccolo and two ukulele. They also donated carrying cases and strings.

School Principal Linell Dilwith says OHA reached out to the school after last week’s burglary.

According to the state Department of Education, Native Hawaiians represent the largest ethnic group at Stevenson, which is near the Papakolea homestead community.

OHA is a semi-autonomous state agency tasked with improving the lives of Native Hawaiians.

Chairwoman Colette Machado says when someone steals from your ohana, the family comes together to help. CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe says music is a sanctuary for many kids and it’s what keeps them in school.

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  • This very minor donation is appreciated as public relations event. But Hawaiians deserve hundreds of millions of dollars in donations. Please start serving the beneficiaries and not yourselves. There are many needs out there in the community. OHA needs to start playing a role.

  • how many native hawaiian’s taking Band over there, bet get more asians taking band that hawaiians. would be funny if the guy caught on video is hawaiian lol
    OHA gotta come up with more money for all the native hawaiians. The hawaiians deserve more! Bishop Estate also needs to step up to help all Hawaiian kids, not jus the ones that get to go to Kamehameha Schools. Didn’t the princess will state for all hawaiian child? not only the ones admitted to Kamehameha!!

  • It’s always great when politicians and bureaucrats use other people’s money to take credit for “donating” to a worthy cause. The Associated Press headline and story omits telling readers where the money really came from. Does this count as fake news??

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