CHAIRMAN AKAKA INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO FIX CARCIERI SUPREME COURT RULING

PRESS RELEASE

03/30/11

WASHINGTON  D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced a bill (S.676) to fix problems created by a Supreme Court ruling in Carcieri v Salazar which will lead to inequities in federal Indian policy if not corrected.

“This legislation is necessary for the United States government to fulfill its trust responsibility towards tribes and Native peoples,” said Chairman Akaka.  “If Congress does not act, the Carcieri ruling will, in effect, create two classes of tribes – those who can have lands taken into trust and those who cannot.  Creating this inequity runs counter to established federal Indian policy and Congressional intent in enacting the Indian Reorganization Act and subsequent legislation.  Congress must step in now to preserve tribes’ ability to provide basic governmental services to their members.”

In February 2009, the Court ruled that the Secretary of the Interior does not have the authority to take lands into trust for a tribe that was not “under federal jurisdiction” when the Indian Reorganization Act was enacted in 1934.  Chairman Akaka’s legislation would reaffirm the Secretary’s continuing authority to take lands into trust for all federally recognized tribes and would ratify trust acquisitions made by the Secretary for the past 75 years, as intended by Congress in the Indian Reorganization Act.

Chairman Akaka noted that the Indian Reorganization Act was enacted to reverse devastating federal policies that resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of acres of tribal lands.  Akaka emphasized his legislation does not add any new rights for tribes to acquire trust lands, rather it merely reaffirms the authority the Secretary has had since 1934 to acquire trust lands for all tribes.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Conrad, Franken, Inouye, Johnson, Kerry, Tester, and Udall.

The full bill text is available here: LINK

Chairman Akaka’s statement in the Congressional Record is available here: LINK

Contact: Jesse Broder Van Dyke
Contact Phone: 202-224-7045

CHAIRMAN AKAKA, HAWAII DELEGATION REINTRODUCE NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT

PRESS RELEASE

03/30/11

Washington D.C. -U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) today introduced the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2011 (S.675).  The bill would extend the opportunity to build a government-to-government relationship with the United States, a right already enjoyed by 565 federally recognized tribes across the U.S. mainland and in Alaska, to Native Hawaiians.   Representatives Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) introduced an identical companion bill (H.R. 1250) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill introduced today is based on the amended bill (S.1011, 111th Congress) which passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on December 17, 2009.  Introducing this bill allows the committee to build upon existing testimony and reports, enabling Chairman Akaka to expedite consideration by the full Senate.  This version of the bill has the strong support of the Obama administration and is the strongest bill against potential legal challenges because it closely parallels existing federal Indian law.

The full text of the bill is available here: LINK

Senator Daniel K. Akaka said: “This bill would simply put Native Hawaiians on equal footing with American Indians and Alaska Natives.  As Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, reconciliation between the United States and the Native Hawaiian people is a top priority.  I am pleased to have the strong support of Native communities across the United States, the State of Hawaii, and the Obama Administration, and major native organizations across the country.  I encourage all of my colleagues to stand with me and support this legislation providing parity in federal policy towards indigenous people.”

Senator Daniel K. Inouye said: “I fully support the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, and commend Chairman Akaka for his steadfast and unwavering leadership. Native Hawaiians enjoy a political status and special legal relationship with the federal government which is evidenced in well over 188 federal laws dating back to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act and the Hawaii Admissions Act. Inherent in these laws and explicit in the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act we introduce today is the right to self-determination and self-governance. This measure begins a process of establishing a government to government relationship between the federal government and the native people of Hawaii. Federal recognition is long overdue. We have debated this issue for more than a decade. There is broad support – from the White House, Washington Place, native country and in Hawaii. I would like to believe that it is, in large measure, in recognition of the great gift of aloha which the native people gave to all who came to Hawaii’s shores and their homeland over the centuries. Now is the time to act.”

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono said: “The House has supported Native Hawaiian recognition in past years, however many in the new House Majority do not support Native Hawaiian issues.  I will be reaching out to the many new members who are not familiar with Hawaii’s history and do not know Native Hawaiians had their own sovereign nation, with their own language, culture, religion and traditional economy.  We are fortunate to have Senator Akaka as Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee as he is able to set the Committee’s agenda and will be able to push the bill forward in the Senate and work with the new House Majority.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said: “Native Hawaiians are the foundation of our state and our values. They deserve the same opportunity for self-determination and inherent rights as the rest of America’s indigenous people – and this bill will allow them to continue on the path towards reconciliation with the United States. I look forward to working with the Hawaii delegation on this important piece of legislation, and I thank Senator Akaka for his leadership and unwavering faith that justice will prevail for Hawaii’s host culture.

Governor Neil Abercrombie said: “The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act passed in the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis when I was a Member and I continue to stand by this bill as Governor.  This measure is long overdue as enabling legislation allowing Native Hawaiians and the State of Hawaii to resolve outstanding issues fairly and comprehensively.  I will work with the Congressional delegation to seek Congressional approval.”

President Barack Obama and the U.S Departments of Justice and Interior support the bill, along with the American Bar Association.  The bill also has the support of the National Congress of American Indians, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and groups throughout the Native Hawaiian community including the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Native Hawaiian Bar Association, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and two state agencies which represent the interests of the Native Hawaiian people, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

A poll published by the Honolulu Advertiser in May of last year reported that 66 percent Hawaii resident support federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, and 82 percent of Native Hawaiians polled support federal recognition.

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The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act would begin a process to re-form a Native Hawaiian government that could negotiate with the state and federal government on behalf of Hawaii’s indigenous people.  Any agreements would require implementing legislation by the state or federal government; no jurisdiction would be changed without approval.

While Congress has traditionally treated Native Hawaiians in a manner similar to American Indians and Alaska Natives, the current federal policy of self-governance and self-determination has not been fully extended to Native Hawaiians.  Upon enactment, the bill authorizes the process for federal recognition of a Native Hawaiian governing entity, a necessary component to advancing the current federal policy and efforts towards reconciliation.

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act does three things:

•    It establishes the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations in the Department of

the Interior to serve as a liaison between Native Hawaiians and

the United States.
•  It establishes the Native Hawaiian Interagency Task Force to be

composed of federal officials from agencies which administer

Native Hawaiian programs,intended to increase coordination between the

Native Hawaiians and the federal government.
•  It provides a process of reorganization of the Native Hawaiian government

for the purpose of a federally recognized government-to-government

relationship with the United States.

Opponents to the bill have sought to spread misinformation about the legislation.  It is important to clarify that:

•    The bill does NOT allow Hawaii to secede from the United States.
•    The bill does NOT allow private lands to be taken.
•    The bill does NOT authorize gaming in Hawaii.
•    The bill does NOT create a reservation in Hawaii.

This inclusive, democratic negotiations process represents both Native Hawaiians and non-Native Hawaiians.  Negotiations between the recognized Native Hawaiian government, the United States, and the state of Hawaii will address issues such as criminal and civil jurisdiction, historical grievances, and jurisdiction and control of natural resources, lands, and assets.  There are many checks and balances in this process and any agreements reached will require implementing legislation on the state and federal levels.  While the bill provides structure, it also provides the Native Hawaiian community with the flexibility to truly reorganize a government of its own choosing.

The Senate bill is now referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the House bill to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Senator Akaka’s floor statement introducing the bill today is available here: LINK

Contact: Jesse Broder Van Dyke
Contact Phone: 202-224-7045

House Concurrent Resolution 225 passed by House Joint Committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs. Requests Office of Hawaiian Affairs to study feasibility of establishing Kanaka villages for homeless native Hawaiians.

In News Release on March 29, 2011 at 1:51 amHONOLULU—On Monday, March 28, 2011, the members of the House Joint Committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs recommended that House Concurrent Resolution 225 be passed, with amendments. House Concurrent Resolution 225 was introduced by Representatives Mele Carroll, Faye Hanohano, Jo Jordan, and Angus McKelvey, House Concurrent Resolution 225 requests that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) study the feasibility of establishing Kanaka villages for the homeless population whom are, or could possibly be, beneficiaries of DHHL.

House Concurrent Resolution 225 will go to the House committee on Finance for further consideration.

The purpose of this resolution is to address the disproportionate representation of native Hawaiians among the State’s homeless (nearly 40%) by requesting that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to conduct a feasibility study of establishing a kanaka village for those native Hawaiians that are homeless in Hawai’i. For the purposes of this Resolution, “kanaka village” means a community where native Hawaiians who are homeless, may live in tents or other approved types of shelter and subsist off the land utilizing traditional Hawaiian methods of sustainability as they progress towards home ownership.

Rep. Mele Carroll stated, “The passing of House Concurrent Resolution 225 by the House Joint committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs is a welcomed sign that the legislature is taking measures to improve the plight of the homeless. We must address this critical issue and not turn our backs on our people. House Concurrent Resolution 225 calls for a feasibility study of a program to provide for a native Hawaiian village area on Hawaiian Homelands where our native Hawaiians whom are homeless can reside without fear of harassment and eviction that is so prevalent in dealing with the homeless in Hawai’i. This is also an attempt to fulfill the Hawaiian Home Lands Act where the rehabilitation of our people can take place.”

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Department of Energy's Grant Writing Workshop

You are invited to the Department of Energy’s Grant Writing Workshop at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) annual Green Technology Conference. This workshop will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday April 15, 2011, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center.

The Grant Writing Workshop will provide an overview of the grant processes, where to find upcoming opportunities, and basic grant writing techniques and tools. The workshop will familiarize those who have not written a grant proposal with eligibility requirements and other criteria related to the organization and the grant program from which funding is sought.

Register here.

Who should attend:

  • Staff of nonprofit entities such as community development organizations
  • Specialists in technical areas
  • Students, staff, and administrators of institutions of higher education
  • Staff and administrators of University healthcare institutions
  • Community organizers, leaders, and volunteers
  • Tribal nation economic development entities

Participants will learn to build teams beyond their own organizations and to identify and recruit necessary partners from local government, cooperatives, technical areas, and the private sector. The workshop intends to provide participants with a better understanding of the techniques necessary to prepare a competitive grant proposal.

Registration for this workshop and additional information is available at: http://www.ieeegreentech.org/TechConf/DOEWorkshop.htm.

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the IEE conference, which you are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend DOE workshop but not the full conference, select “Professional Credit Hour Seminars” on page five of the registration page.

Visit us online at http://diversity.energy.gov

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Post Tsunami Evacuation Community Meeting

State and County of Honolulu officials host a post tsunami evacuation community meeting for the Kailua, Waimänalo and Käneohe districts Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Kailua Intermediate School at 145 South Kainalu Drive.

Panelist include Ed Teixeira, Director of Hawaii State Civil Defense; Melvin Kaku, Director Dept. of Emergency Management, C&C Honolulu; Dr. Chip McCreery, Director Pacific Tsunami Warning Center; Maria Lutz, American Red Cross Hawaii, Disaster Preparedness and HPD-Kailua District.

This community meeting is Hosted by Senator Pohai Ryan, along with Senator Jill Tokuda, Representative Chris Lee, Representative Cynthia Thielen, Representative Pono Chong, Representative Ken Ito, Honolulu Council Member Ikaika Anderson.

For more information, call Senator Pohai Ryan’s office at 587-8388. To download a flyer of this event click here.



Senator Akaka Staff Meet with Native Hawaiian Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 28, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii – Loretta Tuell, Staff Director for Senator Daniel Akaka, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, visited with dozens of Hawaiian leaders while in the State last week.  Tuell, an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and an attorney, has a long history and deep understanding of the sovereignty of native peoples across the United States.

“It’s truly great to have Ms. Tuell and Chairman Akaka’s staff visit with so many different Hawaiian organizations in his home land,” said Robin Puanani Danner, President of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).

“Our national policy priorities are not only indicative of what is important in the Hawaiian Islands, but also across Indian country and Alaska.  As native peoples, no matter where our homelands are in the 50 states, we know what our challenges are, and we also know what the solutions are.  It’s great to have a Chairman with staff leadership that connects with those that know best – our people on the ground.”

CNHA administers the Native Hawaiian Policy Center and provided Tuell with the top national policy priorities, and discussed ongoing partnerships with tribal governments and tribal leaders around the country.  CNHA’s Native Hawaiian leaders signed a unity declaration with American Indian and Alaska Native officials in 2009, launching a national unity project on federal programs.

“We aim to join forces on areas such as renewable energy, innovation, education, business growth and federal self determination policies that strengthen consultation with native leaders, including Hawaiian non-governmental organizations,” Danner told Tuell and Chairman Akaka’s staff.  “For too long, too many government officials have wrongly assumed that state agencies in Hawaii represent the Hawaiian people, and they don’t and never can as state government agencies. Everyone has a role to play – we expect both OHA and DHHL to be the best state agencies possible, managing our resources and lands in consultation with Hawaiian community leaders.”

Danner highlighted the talent in Native Hawaiian educational institutions, mentioning Aha Punana Leo, the native charter schools, and programming like the excellence in Native Hawaiian law.  She also briefed Tuell on the incredible strength and unity of the homestead leaders where trust lands are located and managed by associations that have operated and continue to apply self determination as a core value in their trust land areas.  Danner shared the fellowship of dozens of civic clubs located in Hawaii and states around the country, as well as independent social justice nonprofits and health clinics like Hawaiian Community Assets, the Native Hawaiian Health Clinics, and the Homestead Community Development Corporation.

“Hawaiians are active in our communities, and are appropriate partners of state and federal agencies,” Danner explained.  “We may not have federal recognition of a native government, but make no mistake, the functions of government, of serving our people, of nourishing culture and our life ways is happening on a daily basis – native people are engaged and when they have stepped forward, results abound.”

Lilia Kapuniai, a CNHA Vice President, briefed Ms. Tuell and Chairman Akaka’s legislative team on CNHA’s programs, including its loan fund, homes under construction for low to moderate income Hawaiians, the nearly 1 million dollars deployed on solar water systems, its nonprofit developer arm constructing certified kitchens, marketplaces and other commerce facilities, and its work with the Department of Interior to network tribal and Hawaiian business corporations to one another and other Pacific native peoples.

Under its policy work with its members, CNHA presented Tuell with 5 main priorities to share with Chairman Akaka:

1.      Enactment of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, as passed by the SCIA in 2010.   And an amendment to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, formally recognizing homestead governing organizations as described in act 302.

2.      Move jurisdiction of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act from the senate energy committee to SCIA where all other native issues are overseen.

3.      Reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education and Housing Acts, each needing congressional reauthorization.

4.      Ensure the implementation of administrative rules on the HHCA and Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act by the Obama Administration.

5.      Sponsor legislation to advance Substantially Underserved Trust Areas, job creation,
SBA 8(a) business growth and infrastructure investments.

Four of the five priorities focus specifically on Native Hawaiians and or Native Hawaiian trust lands, with the fifth priority part of a national native policy priority that strengthens federal programs for all native peoples.

“Hawaiians, like our Indian and Alaska Native counterparts are incredibly focused and moving initiatives to not only take responsibility for ourselves, but also to set new standards for state and federal agencies in working with our communities,” Danner concluded.  “The more the congress, and in particular the SCIA is educated about who we are, how we fit into the federal policies on self determination, the better.”

CNHA is a national member organization, unifying Native Hawaiian organizations to advance cultural, economic and community development for Native Hawaiians.  For more information, visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org or email at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.

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National Responsible Fatherhood CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE

The 2011 Capacity-Building Grant Awardees have been announced.

Click here to view the 2011 Awardee List.

Download a printable version of this grant opportunity

Grant Summary

Since 1994, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has worked to improve the well being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. It has done so by:

  • Educating and inspiring all Americans—especially fathers—through public awareness campaigns, careful research, and providing other resources;
  • Equipping and developing leaders of national, state, and community fatherhood initiatives through curricula, training, and technical assistance; and
  • Engaging every sector of society through strategic alliances and partnerships.

The Opportunity

To this end, with support from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance, NFI announces availability of 25 awards, each in the amount of $25,000, for local community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and other grassroots fatherhood agencies. Through a competitive bidding process, top applicants will receive funds for the specific purpose of increasing capacity to develop their fatherhood programming, and to improve their financial sustainability by becoming more familiar with—and better qualified to receive—federal or private philanthropic support.

Some examples of fatherhood programs could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Parenting education programs for new and expecting fathers, teen fathers, fathers in need of general parenting skills, or fathers with special needs children
  2. Programs providing marriage counseling, relationship counseling and/or divorce counseling
  3. Support groups for stay-at-home and/or single fathers
  4. Programs for incarcerated fathers
  5. Programs providing court-mandated fathering skills training
  6. Job skills training and/or job placement programs that include a fatherhood component

Awardees must agree by signing a Memorandum of Agreement to use their funds to send two staff members to participate in an intensive, weeklong “Certification College,” to be held in St. Louis, MO, or another centrally located US city, November 8-12, 2010 and led by fatherhood experts from NFI and private consultants who have past government experience. Awardees will also receive follow-up technical assistance from NFI, including phone consultations, e-mail follow-up, occasional web-based seminars and other resources. Finally, selected organizations will participate in a two-day mini-conference,to be held in St. Louis, MO, May 10-11, 2011, including assessment and evaluation that measures their improvement.

Funds may not be used for direct programming costs, but will instead be granted on a reimbursement basis* for each awardee’s leadership development, program development, organizational development, and connections with the community (including outreach to local media, public officials, and Board Development). In other words, these grants are designed to help build the capacity of grassroots organizations, including both community-based and faith-based organizations, enabling awardees to build their organizational capacity, to more effectively deliver existing or future services promoting responsible fatherhood in local communities.

*Funds will be reimbursed on a monthly basis via a required reimbursement submission process.

Staff members from selected organizations will receive technical assistance from NFI, to improve their programs and cultivate “promising practices” in their leadership development, organizational structure, programming trends and community connections.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must not be receiving any current funding from the Office of Family Assistance’s Promoting Responsible Fatherhood programs. Applicants may be community-based, faith-based, non-profit or for-profit organizations. Whenever possible, applicant organizations should draw on proven approaches in their programming, and they must serve a diversity of clients (e.g., not just one religious congregation). In other words, applicants must provide services that are open to all eligible persons, regardless of potential participants’ race, gender, age, religion, or disabilities.

Grant Benefits

To support the future delivery of responsible fatherhood services at the local level, awardees will receive:

  • Formal training and technical assistance to strengthen site capacity, in:
    – program development
    – leadership development
    – organizational development
    – community engagement
  • Participation by two staff leaders in a national Certification College for Responsible Fatherhood, to assess program strengths, develop a working budget and to begin working toward targeted capacity improvement in two of the four key areas of fatherhood capacity-building noted above
  • Up to 40 total hours of follow-up technical assistance, over a period of ten months
  • $25,000 in reimbursable financial support for each organization, including technical assistance, conferences and other resources

To Apply

To begin the application process, please review the Process & Selection and Submission Guidelines sections.

Grant Deadlines and Dates

For grant application deadlines and the awardee recipient announcement date, please visit our Grant Deadlines & Dates page.

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Kanu Hawaii is very excited to announce the beta launch of KanuValues!

Thousands of Kanu members have made commitments to use their hard earned dollars to support companies that are doing good. Kanuvalues.com makes it easier for you to fulfill your commitment by offering you amazing deals from local, socially/environmentally responsible organizations. Of course it is not just about the deals, that is why Kanu Values will also help nonprofits share their stories and needs with the community.

The site is live and our first deal is the 2011 HonuGuide, with $4,000 in discounts from local, green businesses in Hawaii. Check it out and let us know what you think. Make sure to sign up for future deals, share the values with your friends, and enter to will some free giveaways. 100% of the revenue from this deal supports Kanu Hawaii!

You can read a blog post to get more information about why Kanu Hawaii is launching Kanu Values.
WHAT MAKES KANU VALUES UNIQUE?

• Social Advertising and Social Giving. KanuValues is not just about the deal. We educate our social network on the good things businesses are doing that align with a sustainable island lifestyle. We are not just selling a product or service, rather we are building a network of individuals and businesses that care about Hawaii. To top it all off, deals help build grass root support for a featured non-profit that shares their mission and needs with the community. And 100% of the revenue that we take goes directly to non-profits (With at least 10% going to the partnering nonprofit).

• Vote with your Dollars. We believe that each dollar we spend can be used to benefit our island community and sustain our island way of life; therefore, we try to offer you the opportunity to do good at a great price with each of our deals. Leveraging the power of group purchasing we can put more money into businesses that are doing good, while supporting local nonprofits.

• Share your Values. At Kanu Values we believe it is important to share your values with your community. We make it easier for you to share information about businesses that do good and nonprofits that you want to help via facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets. And, of course, you share deals at the same time.

• Stand With Us. Purchase a deal, support a nonprofit and join us at Kanuhawaii.org. The changes we need to make in Hawaii are great. But if we all take individual small steps, we can take big steps together.

You can read a blog post to get more information about why Kanu Hawaii is launching Kanu Values. You can share you thoughts as well.

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First Hawaiian Bank Provides $30,000 Grant to Help Working Families Purchase Homes

Hawaii Family Finance Project

Preparing Hawaii Families for Homeownership and Financial Success

1050 Queen St., Suite 200 Honolulu, Hawaii 96814~800.709.2642~808.596.8155

info@hawaiiancouncil.org ~ www.hawaiiancouncil.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 23, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii – First Hawaiian Bank announced a $30,000 grant to the Hawaii Family Finance Project (HFFP) to promote financial education for homebuyers and  assist them with their down payment.  Administered to serve low to moderate income families in every county, the HFFP is a three-year pilot program dedicated to improving credit scores, financial training and assisting families to purchase affordable homes.

“This contribution from First Hawaiian Bank to families saving for a down payment on a home is really what local banking is all about,” said Lilia Kapuniai, HFFP Project Officer.  “These funds will match the savings of hard working families that will be buying a home over the next three years.”

HFFP works with community partners to deliver training sessions, one-on-one assistance, credit score repair, and consumer grants to reduce debt and help to purchase homes.  Over 1,000 families will be enrolled and served over the life of the project, funded in part by a $3.1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Treasury Department.

“Through this statewide partnership of committed providers, we aim to reach rural families, urban families, military families – with a number of fantastic tools to improve financial capacity,” Kapuniai continued.  “The project includes earned income tax credit filing information, using checking and savings accounts, home loan qualifying, and of course special saving accounts that provide match funds to families.”

“One of our core values is caring so it is our pleasure and privilege to support such a worthy cause that helps more of our residents achieve the dream of home ownership,” said Sharon Brown, President of the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation.

The Hawaii Family Finance Project was developed by local nonprofit, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).  An asset building approach first developed by CNHA in 2004, it was successfully implemented for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and in 2011 will serve native and non-native families statewide.  “We could not be happier to be taking one of our best products to the entire state”, said Robin Danner, CNHA President and CEO.  “We truly thank First Hawaiian Bank for joining this project and always supporting community based solutions.”

For more information on the HFFP, contact Lehua Rosa, Project Coordinator at 808.596.8155 or email at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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‘TO JAPAN, WITH ALOHA’ A FREE CONCERT AT WINDWARD MALL

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Kahele
Ph: (808) 489-5732
brandonkahele@gmail.com

KANEOHE, HI – Join some of Hawaii’s top Hawaiian entertainers as they ‘TO JAPAN, WITH ALOHA’ on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Windward Mall Center Court from 2:30pm – 5:00pm, to raise money for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. 

Performances by Hoku Zuttermeister, Ho’okena, Lehua Kalima of Na Leo Pilimehana, Shawn Pimental, McCoy, Miss Leahi 2008 – Pi’ilani Klein, and more. Hosted by local radio personality Ola Souza and event organizer Brandon Kahele.

The American Red Cross will be present to accept monetary donations that will go directly towards relief efforts in Japan.

Anyone wishing to donate is encouraged to join us for this special concert. For more information please call (808)489-5732.
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