Six county groups get $817,352 from OHA

The Maui News

Six Maui County groups received a total of $817,352 out of $6 million in grants approved by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.

The grants, awarded May 30, focus on housing, income, health, education and culture for Native Hawaiians.

The Maui County grant awardees are:

• Alu Like Inc., Molokai, $102,554, to reduce alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use among Native Hawaiians through prevention services.

• Malama Na Makua A Keiki Inc., Maui, $119,234, to provide comprehensive women-specific substance abuse treatment services with activities that strengthen mother-child bonding and increase parenting practices to improve and strengthen the family.

• Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, Maui, $202,000, for youth-led services, including home modifications, produce and poi deliveries, and engagement in community-based activities to Hana’s kupuna and their caregivers.

• Moloka’i Community Service Council, $108,824, for Ho’omana Hou School, which offers a hands-on instruction program that is place-based and grounded in culture.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Inc., $203,740, for its Power Hour — Papa Hana Ha’awina, which provides homework assistance to all members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, including Native Hawaiian members who attend Hawaiian language immersion schools. The goal is to improve student grades in school and in standardized testing.

• Ahupua’a O Moloka’i, $81,000, which provides support and education to Native Hawaiians for growing of native crops and furthering economic sustainability, while requiring ahupuaa stewardship through restoration efforts and service learning.