Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is one of eight grantees for the 2023 Hōʻihi Grant Program. Part of their project will carry out visitor workshops at their loʻi and farm site in Heʻeia Uli, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. PC: Sean Marrs In September 2023, ONHR's HŌʻIHI Grant Program, awarded $1 million in grant funding to eight Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO) under the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act. View the press release here. The eight NHO awardees in 2023 include: NHO: Hāna Arts Project: Hāna Noʻeau: A Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Education Program Description: To create inclusive educational opportunities targeting the students of Hāna High School and Elementary School as well as the wider community by offering open cultural and art exhibitions, and events, at the community space known as the Art Barn, as well as organizing performances and workshops at public events such as the Hāna Farmers Market and Festivals of Aloha on Maui. NHO: Hawaiʻi Land Trust Project: Hawaiʻi Land Trust Cultural & Ecological Preservation & Education programs at community preserves on Oʻahu, Maui, and Kauaʻi Description: Increase resident and visitor connection to four HILT community preserves totaling 385 acres in Kīlauea, Kaua‘i, Waihe‘e and Kaupō, Maui, and Hau‘ula, O‘ahu. NHO: Hiʻipaka LLC Project: Hōʻihi no Waimea Description: This award is a project extension to educate visitors to Waimea Valley, Oʻahu about traditional Native Hawaiian cultural practices by engaging them in authentic, interactive cultural activities providing an enriched understanding of and appreciation for Native Hawaiian culture. NHO: Hōlani Hāna Project: Kāhea a Ka‘uiki Description: To grow the community’s understanding of Ka‘uiki’s cultural, spiritual, environmental, and social significance while building a strong foundation for community-led tourism interventions in Hāna, Maui that nurture a more regenerative and reciprocal experience for residents and visitors alike. NHO: Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi Project: Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi Description: To conduct workshops at the Heʻeia, Oʻahu farm site engaging visitors and community in experiences in hands-on loʻi management activities and workshops on Hawaiian agriculture and ʻāina management. NHO: Mālama Loko Ea Foundation Project: Holole‘a Wahi Pana & Kele A‘o Program Description: To provide a variety of culturally informed visitor experiences including community and visitor workdays, hosted community events featuring music, food, and local vendors, and virtual tours which allow visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history, culture, and life of Loko Ea fishpond in Haleʻiwa, Oʻahu. NHO: The Kohala Center Project: Mālama Kahaluʻu: Guiding respectful engagement with a cherished place Description: Enhance resilience at Kahaluʻu Bay, Hawaiʻi by increasing respectful engagement of the nearshore reef area by community and visitors through four essential ʻāina stewardship practices: hoʻolauna, kilo, hana and moʻolelo. NHO: Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Association Project: Aloha Festivals, Island of Hawaiʻi Description: To celebrate Hawaiian culture, language, arts, and traditional Hawaiian customary practices by engaging in several island-wide makahiki-like events and contests such as the Paniolo Festival Event, The Waimea Akulikuli Festival Event, Moananui Ocean Festival Event, Hole Waimea Hula Competition Event and The Kūhiō Ball Event. Past Awards 2022 Awardees Visit the main HŌʻIHI Program page for more information about the program and grant opportunities.