‘Āina Ho‘okupu O Kīlauea Recieves $50,201 from OHA
‘Āina Ho‘okupu O Kīlauea (AHK) today announced a grant award totaling $50,201 that will support the Native Hawaiian community through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) 2021 – COVID-19 Impact and Response Grant:
Kauai. The grant will help to reinforce and strengthen Native Hawaiians’ ‘ohana (family), moʻomeheu (culture) and ʻāina (land and water).
With the $50,201 OHA grant award, AHK will provide 3500 mixed locally-grown produce boxes supplying weekly fresh fruits and vegetables to over 500 Native Hawaiian families across the Island of Kaua‘i over the next 5 months.
“Since the pandemic started, AHK has been privileged with the financial support to help thousand of families get free locally grown fruits and vegetable purchased from Kaua’i farmers; as the funding dried up we felt it was important to continue this effort to connect people with ‘Aina and continue the growth of AHK and the Kilauea Ag Center,” said Yoshito L’Hote, CEO of AHK.
Yoshito continued, “Our partnership with OHA is allowing us to continue providing this great gift from the ‘Aina thru our nonprofit partners that serve our Hawaiian community.The more boxes get purchased the more food can be grown at the Kilauea Ag Center and the more connected the benefitting families are to ‘Aina.”
The purpose of the 2021 – COVID-19 Impact and Response Grant is to serve the Native Hawaiian lāhui in alignment with the strategic foundations, directions, and outcomes of the 15-year Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan.