United States Department of Agriculture Announces Opportunity for Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

United States Department of Agriculture Announces Opportunity for Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

What: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an organization that works hard at efficiently providing integrated program deliveries required to lead a rapidly evolving agriculture and food system. USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

USDA announced the opportunity to apply for their Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG), formerly known as the Small, Minority Producer Grant Program. The objective of the SSDPG program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and associations of cooperatives. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and they are expected to hand out seventeen awards. The maximum award amount per grant is $200,000.

Who: Eligible Candidates must apply by:

Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than July 27, 2010, to be eligible for FY 2010 grant funding. Electronic copies must be received by July 27, 2010, to be eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.

Late applications are not eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.



* $200K maximum grant

* Eligible applicants are minority cooperatives or minority associations of cooperatives. Individuals are not eligible for this program.

* Purpose is to provide assistance to small, socially disadvantaged producers and whose governing board and/or membership is comprised of at least 75 percent small, socially disadvantaged producers.

* Small, Socially-Disadvantaged Producer-Socially-disadvantaged persons or at least 75 percent socially disadvantaged producer-owned entities including farmers, ranchers, loggers,
Agricultural harvesters, and fishermen, that have averaged $250,000 or less in annual gross sales of agricultural products in the last 3 years.

* Socially-Disadvantaged Producer- Individual agricultural producer who is a member of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice, without regard for their individual qualities.

* Technical Assistance-An advisory service performed for the benefit of a small, socially-disadvantaged producer such as market research; product and/or service improvement; legal advice and assistance; feasibility study, business plan, and marketing plan development; and training. Technical assistance does not include the operating costs of a cooperative being assisted.

Where: United States

More Information: For more information or questions contact the Rural Development State Office for your state early in the application process with any questions or ideas concerning your application.

Summer Tech Jobs available at HTI in Kaka’ako and Waimanalo


Every summer since 1997, Hawai`i Technology Institute presents Summer Tech, a six-week work experience funded by ALU LIKE, Inc.’s Employment and Training Program.   This opportunity is extended to qualified Native Hawaiian youth and young adults, ages 14 to 24, who are hired at minimum wage.  Those who come to work on every day usually pocket around $1,500 in pay for their efforts.

Hired as Product Designers, youth are responsible for designing and developing educational game prototypes based on native and national education standards, such as, Na Honua Mauli Ola, Hawai`i Content and Performance Standards III and other national business education and literacy standards.  They also learn fundamentals of marketing and create promotional materials for themselves and their prototypes.

HTI President / CEO, Naomi Digitaki, shared, “Summer Tech is always a fantastic opportunity that will engage participants in the areas of critical and creative thinking, personal foundation development (intent, identity, belief systems, values clarification, etc.) and work readiness skills – all through the art of game-making.  HTI began offering summer work experiences for youth in 1997 when the school was still a project of ALU LIKE’s Native Hawaiian Vocational Education Program.

Project Coordinator, La Vonne Richardson, informs, “Besides prototype production, youth enjoy weekly excursions, gain the wisdom of guest experts in various fields, and learn more about who they are as Hawaiians in an exciting finale event centered this year around the double-hull voyaging canoe, Kanehunamoku.”

Last year, Summer Tech was held at Ulu Ke Kukui Transitional Housing site on O`ahu’s west side as well as at HTI in Honolulu.  This year, besides the HTI Kaka`ako campus, the crew is taking Summer Tech to the windward side of O`ahu, where it will be held in Waimanalo at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead Community Center.

In addition, service-learning community reinvestment opportunities are incorporated throughout the project so participants further develop their individual and collective value of civic responsibility and citizenship.

Summer Tech 2010 will begin on Monday, June 28 and will end on Sunday, August 8, 2010.   Regular work days will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  Again, all participants will be compensated for their contributions.   Imagine that!  LEARN and EARN!

ALU LIKE requires the following documents for everyone applying and a few others dependent upon applicants’ personal living situations: Birth Certificate (verifying Hawaiian ancestry), Picture ID, SS Card, and Verification of Income.  It’s better to have these ready to present prior to the interview appointment with them.

Those who don’t meet the requirements for funding through ALU LIKE may want to check with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  They fund a Summer Youth Employment Program for 14 to 23 year olds.  The income levels for this opportunity are much higher, and those who qualify and are selected will receive $8.00 an hour compensation for their work.  Go to the DLIR website and search for Summer Youth Employment Program to find the application.

This is a summer work experience you don’t want to miss! 

Call Hawai`i Technology Institute at 522.2700 x 26 to speak with La Vonne Richardson or ALU LIKE at 535.6700 and ask for Robert Velligas, Kainoa Young or Nanea Sai to enroll in the FUN!

Waimanalo openings are almost filled, but there are more spots open at HTI so call and reserve your spot TODAY!!

La Vonne Richardson

Coordinator of Special Projects and Student Services

808.522.2700.26 ~ 688.7767 ~ lsexton@hti.edu

Hawai`i Technology Institute

629 Pohukaina Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

808.522.2700 ~ 808.522.2707 ~ www.hti.edu

United States Review of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release

The Department of State has created a new website to enable public input during the U.S. review of its position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  On April 20, 2010, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice announced at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that the United States has decided to review the U.S. position on the Declaration.

The Administration recognizes that, for many around the world, this Declaration provides a framework for addressing indigenous issues.  During President Obama’s first year in office, tribal leaders and interested non-governmental organizations (NGOs) encouraged the United States to reexamine its position on the Declaration – an important recommendation that directly complements our commitment to work together with the international community on the many challenges that indigenous peoples face.

As part of the U.S. government’s review, the U.S. Department of State, together with other Federal agencies, will be hosting consultations with federally-recognized tribes and dialogues with interested NGOs and other stakeholders.  The consultation and meeting schedules will be listed on the website located at http://www.state.gov/s/tribalconsultation/declaration/index.htm.  Tribal leaders, NGOs, and others are encouraged to contribute to the review by emailing us at Declaration@state.gov, or by submitting comments via mail to the Department of State at:  S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street N.W., Suite 1317, Washington, D.C. 20520.  Written comments are requested by July 15, 2010 to ensure that they can be given due consideration in the review.

Homestead Energy Program Heads out to Waianae Kai Homestead Association on Saturday, May 29, 2010

Date: Saturday May 29, 2010
Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
At: Herbert Hew Len’s Hale
86-303 Hokupa’a St.
Waianae, Hawaii 96792

We’ll be visiting your homestead real soon,  Interested? Call Annie Au Hoon at (808) 529.1627

Homestead Energy Program Outreach in Lana'i

Date: May 28, 2010
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lana’i High and Elem. School Cafeteria

CNHA's Energy Program Reaches Out to Waianae Valley Homesteaders

WAIANAE, HI – On April 24th, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) participated in a community outreach day at Kaupuni Neighborhood Park, sponsored by the Waianae Valley Homestead Community Association (WVHCA). The event included a voter registration table hosted by the association, and an information table staffed by homesteaders working with Census 2010. CNHA hosted a table for its Homestead Energy Program (HEP), where volunteers passed out free CFL bulbs and accepted applications from families who were interested in installing solar water heaters in their homes.

The Homestead Energy Project launched in the fall of 2009 to help families conserve their wages for life essentials. The purpose of the HEP is to provide loans and grants to qualified homesteaders who would like to make beneficial improvements to their homes by purchasing and installing a solar water heating system.

“With solar, families can start saving money on their utilities the very first month a water heater is installed,” said Robin Puanani Danner, President and CEO of CNHA.  “Putting in solar is the right thing to do for our environment, and it’s a great way to help families save or redirect thousands of dollars in energy saving.”

“We invited CNHA and Census 2010 into our community to share their services and information,” said Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai, Secretary and Community Coordinator of  WVHCA.  The Association partners with community organizations, including Ka Pa’alana Traveling Pre-School and the Waianae Boys & Girls Club, to provide cultural, economical, educational, and social services and programs to the Waianae Valley. “I’m proud that our Association is bringing resources into the community for our residents.”

“The event was a great success,” said EnJolí Alexander, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with CNHA.  “Members of the Waianae Valley community came to the event, received services, then called their friends and neighbors and told them to come down to the park.  We received several applications from homesteaders interested in installing solar in their homes, and successfully traded 100 light bulbs for CFL’s!”

The Blue Planet Foundation facilitated the partnership between CNHA and homestead community associations by providing a community organizing grant that ensures HEP’s main method of outreach remains. The local nonprofit has an agreement with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to develop programs that attract capital resources to homestead areas statewide. In addition to the Homestead Energy Program, the nonprofit is also working on a capital pool to finance community facilities and charter schools.

For more information on the CNHA Homestead Energy Program, download a flier at www.hawaiiancouncil.org/documents/ProgramFlyers/HEPFlyer.pdf

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.

CNHA Next Generation intern to work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife

May 19, 2010

CNHA Next Generation intern to work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife

HONOLULU, HAWAII — The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) congratulates Luka Mossman, a CNHA Next Generation Leadership Program intern, on securing a position with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in their Habitat Conservation Division.  He will work with the department over the course of the summer in the Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Sciences (PIPES).  PIPEs is committed to increasing the retention of local students, especially those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, into fields of study, and ultimately careers, related to the natural resources of Hawaii and the Pacific region.

While at CNHA, Mossman gained valuable skills such as grant writing, networking support, and understanding community needs.  “The skills I learned at CNHA will allow me to be more proactive in establishing programs and initiatives to benefit communities and foster cooperation between organizations,” Mossman said about his time here at CNHA.

Luka is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa earning a double major in Natural Resource Planning, and Political Science.  After graduation, he plans to work in the private sector, drafting policy that advocates the preservation, protection, and proper allocation of Hawaii’s natural resources.

Mossman says that, “as Hawaiians, the psyche of the natural world is connected to ours, and therefore if want to protect the culture and the well being of the native Hawaiian people, we must first do the same for our island environment.”  Through this internship, he hopes to gain a scientific understanding of habitat conservation to enhance his perspectives on the relationship of human needs and the natural environment.

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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Small Charities Get Extension on IRS Deadline

Small Charities Get Extension on IRS Deadline

Washington, D.C.
(May 18, 2010), By WebCPA Staff
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman indicated that small charities that missed the May 17 filing deadline for filing their Form 990 may still be able to keep their tax-exempt status.
Hundreds of thousands of nonprofit organizations are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status because they haven’t filed the 990 or one of its variations in the past three years (see Deadline Approaches for Tax-Exempt Organizations). The Urban Institute has estimated that 214,000 charities are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status if they didn’t file the required form Monday, and another 126,000 by the end of the year.

Shulman acknowledged that many small charities were not aware of the requirement, however, and said they should still go ahead and file the forms, even if they have missed the deadline.


“Now that the May 17 filing deadline has passed, it appears that many small tax-exempt organizations have not filed the required information return in time,” he said. “These organizations are vital to communities across the United States, and I understand their concerns about possibly losing their tax-exempt status.”

“The IRS has conducted an unprecedented outreach effort in the tax-exempt sector on the 2006 law’s new filing requirements, but many of these smaller organizations are just now learning of the May 17 deadline,” he added. “I want to re-assure these small organizations that the IRS will do what it can to help them avoid losing their tax-exempt status.”

“The IRS will be providing additional guidance in the near future on how it will help these organizations maintain their important tax-exempt status — even if they missed the May 17 deadline,” said Shulman. “The guidance will offer relief to these small organizations and provide them with the opportunity to keep their critical tax-exempt status intact. So I urge these organizations to go ahead and file – even though the May 17 deadline has passed.”

“Filing a tax return for the small organizations is easier than you’d think,” he said. “It just takes a few minutes to fill out the electronic notice Form 990-N (e-Postcard). This is available for small tax-exempt organizations with annual receipts of $25,000 or less. More information is available on IRS.gov.”

Homestead association opens outdoor marketplace on Kauai

May 18, 2010

Homestead association opens outdoor marketplace on Kauai

Anahola, Kauai — The nonprofit Anahola Hawaiian Homes Association (AHHA) opened its outdoor marketplace Apr. 30 at the entrance to Anahola, on Kuhio Hwy., the largest Hawaiian Homestead community on Kauai, with regular operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, Wed. through Sun.

“The opening of this marketplace is a dream come true for AHHA, because we know it helps local people,” said Amanda Kaleiohi, a longtime AHHA board member.

Opening day included colorful vendor tents, with plenty of parking. Vendors include lei makers, a shave ice stand, a flower stand, and small business owners selling crafts and other products, even a Hawaiian sovereignty group selling delicious huli chicken with their own secret recipe.

“We have been the recipient of technical assistance from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement over the last 6 years,” said Lorraine Rapozo, AHHA President. “CNHA has helped us every step of the way, providing help with planning, finding grants and helping us to improve how we function as a small all-volunteer association. The marketplace has been a great collaboration, not just for us and CNHA, but the East Kauai community, as a whole.”

The accomplishments of AHHA are attributed to many partners and volunteers. It received its initial funding to launch its first project from American Savings Bank, followed by equipment support from USDA, and capital funds for the Anahola Resource Center from former Mayor Bryan Baptiste of the County of Kauai. Hawaiian Homestead Technology, a social enterprise employing local residents opened in 2003 at the AHHA site, and Hawaiian Community Assets, a financial education nonprofit joined the resource center in 2007. This year, with the help of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Kauai Community College, AHHA will open its certified kitchen, serving the east side of Kauai.

“It’s been an incredible journey,” Rapozo continued. “The State Department of Hawaiian Homelands provided land for the marketplace, as well as grants to retrofit our resource center to provide foreclosure prevention services in the community. We are really grateful to all of our partners that believed in AHHA and our strategic plan. We hope many, many vendors will come sell their products and engage the community at our marketplace.”

AHHA is a homestead association of residents in Anahola, Kauai, and is a member of the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homeland Assembly. Founded in 1957, AHHA unifies its homestead resident members to improve the quality of life of the Anahola area. An association of homesteaders living on Hawaiian Homelands, AHHA owns and operates a resource center adjacent to the marketplace. The marketplace is part of an overall strategic plan that includes a certified community kitchen scheduled to open in Sep. 2010 and a youth summer camp opening in 2011.

For more information, visit www.AHHA96703.org, or contact the AHHA P.O. Box 646 — Anahola, Kauai 96703 — Tel: 808.820.8029,  info@ahha96703.org

Record number of Native Hawaiian students become medical doctors

May 17th, 2010

A record number of Native Hawaiian students became medical doctors over the weekend.  Twelve of the 58 students who earned their MD from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, were of Native Hawaiian decent.

According to preliminary research by the medical school that was reported to the 2010 state Legislature, Hawaii is currently short by 500 practicing physicians, with more than a quarter of the doctors who are in practice already at retirement age. To help meet the need demonstrated by that data, the incoming class at the University will be increased to 64 students in July.

The list of graduates included Kamehameha Schools alum Jordan Lee (JABSOM 2010 class president), and Marcus Iwane, the American Medical Association 2008 Minority Scholar.

Ninety percent of all students attending the medical school are Hawaii residents. Fifteen of the class will perform training in the Hawai‘i Residency Program. Through the program, the medical school partners with major medical centers statewide to annually train more than 200 graduated MDs in internal medicine, general surgery, geriatric medicine, family practice, psychiatry (general, geriatric, child and adolescent and addictions), obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, pathology and orthopedic surgery.

The school is also increasing its Imi Ho’ola (“Those Who Seek to Heal”) Post-Baccalaureate Program from its current 10 to 12 students. Each year, successful graduates of the one-year “medical boot camp” at Imi Ho‘ola are admitted into the incoming class of medical students. The program helps boost medical school enrollment by students from socially, culturally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

In addition to the 58 medical doctors that graduated over the weekend, JABSOM issued additional degrees in the following areas: 6 Doctors of Philosophy (PhD), 2 Doctors of Public Health (DPH), 18 Master’s of Public Health (MPH), 7 Master’s in Biomedical Sciences (MBS), 10 Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS), and 10 Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology.

Contributed by The Maui News.