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Resources that help ʻohana to ensure that the well-being of their homes and everyone in the ʻohana are taken care of. It also includes opportunities for you to kōkua with others in need.
Any private or independent medical or dental practice; small hospital; child, adult or foster care facility; small business; or non-profit in Hawaii can submit a request to receive free PPE.
Discounted internet connectivity for school communities
T-Mobile is providing wireless devices and service plans for K-12 students in eligible schools through their EmpowerED 2.0 Program. More specifically, they are offering mobile Internet devices ranging in value from $80 to $200, or a subsidy of up to $200 per mobile Internet device, for devices over $200.
Eligibility requirements for schools
Preferred school criteria
Discounted internet connectivity
Hawaiian Tel is providing discounted internet service to qualifying low-income families (those earning 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines).
Discounted internet connectivity
Eligible low-income households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge.
To qualify for this program, one or more members of your household must currently receive assistance under one of the following programs:
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and needs for our kamaliʻi & ʻohana. Our immediate concerns are the overall wellbeing of our families across the islands and their ability to meet basic needs.
Liliʻuokalani Trust is providing kōkua through one-time emergency stabilization financial assistance for those who qualify. Along with other community resources, QLT strives to collectively support kamaliʻi & ʻohana.
Eligible families must:
If you are interested in applying for one-time Emergency Stabilization Financial Assistance, please call our LT Kōkua Line at (808) 466-8102, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number. We will respond within 48 hours.
Hours of operation: Tuesdays – Thursdays, 9am - 1pm, excluding State/Federal Holidays.
Covid-19 related loans to farmers, growers, and ranchers
The Hawaiʻi Board of Agriculture on 4/14/20 approved an emergency loan program for farmers, growers and ranchers across the state who are suffering economically due to the COVID-19 situation. The loan program is effective immediately.
Eligible farmers may now apply for emergency loans of up to $150,000 at 3 percent interest. Loans of $100,000 or less will not require credit denials from other financial institutions, which would normally be required for agricultural loans. The board also waived the three-year residency requirements normally required for agricultural loans.
The board also authorized state loan officers to modify or waive collateral requirements, as deemed necessary, on a case-by-case basis. Loan applications for emergency loans relating to COVID-19 will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2020.
Farmers interested in applying for an emergency loan should contact their nearest HDOA office:
Oahu, Kauai, Maui – (808) 973-9460
Hilo – (808) 933-9977
Kona – (808) 323-7591
Besides emergency loans, HDOA also offers micro-loans for those needing loans of $25,000 or less. Micro-loans involve less paperwork and swifter processing.
In addition, current agricultural loan holders who are suffering financially due to COVID-19 may also request payment relief or forbearance.
For more information on agricultural loans, call the Agricultural Loan Division at (808) 973-9460 or go the division’s webpage: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/agl/
Hawaii Resilience Fund
Show Aloha Challenge
#ShowAlohaChallenge is a collaborative effort with the goal of delivering 7,600 FREE meals to homebound seniors over 10 days. From Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 8, 2020, eleven restaurants will each prepare 60 meals a day.
Sign up today! Seniors must meet the following criteria to qualify for the program and each request will be assessed on a case by case basis:
Seniors who would like to sign up for the meal delivery service may call St. Francis Healthcare System at (808) 547-6501. https://www.showalohachallenge.com/
Food & Resources
In response to the spread of COVID-19, HIFA is sharing farm and food business and food access resources and opportunities.
HCRC will be providing short-term bridge loans and term loans to non-profit organizations and mission aligned small businesses that are otherwise unable to secure financing and are in immediate need of capital during the COVID19 crisis.
Eligibility: Businesses (non-profit and mission based for-profit businesses) registered to do business and physically located in the State of Hawaii, in good standing, in existence prior to 12/31/2019, have annual revenue of at least $100,000 and were financially stable prior to the COVID19 crisis.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief for homeowners with government-guaranteed mortgages. Homeowners with mortgages backed by the FHA, USDA, VA, HUD Section 184a, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac are eligible for loan forbearance for up to one year without fees, penalties, or additional interest.
Homeowners who are facing a financial hardship, either directly or indirectly, from the coronavirus may receive the forbearance by submitting a request to their servicer stating they are experiencing a hardship related to the virus. The forbearance will be granted for 180 days and may be extended for up to another 180 days at the borrower's request.
Homeowners in need of the forbearance should reach out to their mortgage servicers as soon as possible or contact a HUD approved housing counselor. Contact information for a homeowner’s mortgage servicer can be found in monthly mortgage statements or coupon book. The nearest housing counselor can be found here or by calling (800) 569-4287.
To provide relief to beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawaiian Homes Commission approved an emergency postponement of all mortgage payments for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) direct loans and loans assigned to DHHL.
For information about DHHL loan deferrals, please call (808) 620-9500. If you have a loan with an outside lender and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, the Department encourages you to contact your provider as soon as possible.
Eviction Moratorium for Renters
Until July 26, 2020, property owners are prohibited from filing for eviction against or charging any fees for unpaid rent and fees to a tenant in properties with federally-guaranteed loans or participating in federal housing programs. Property owners must also issue a notice to tenants to vacate 30 days before an eviction and the notice to vacate cannot be issued during this 120-day period.
This protection covers properties that receive federal subsidies such as public housing, Section 8 assistance, USDA rural housing programs, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits, as well as properties that have a mortgage issued or guaranteed by a federal agency (including FHA and USDA) or Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
Additionally, owners of multifamily buildings with federal loans in forbearance may not evict tenants for unpaid rent or charge late fees or penalties until the loan exits forbearance.
Renters seeking information on whether they are covered by the moratorium should contact Legal Aid Society of Hawaii or a HUD approved housing counselor. You can find the nearest housing counselor here or by calling (800) 569-4287.
Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami shows us how to make a mask out of an old shirt. Sewing skills are not necessary.
See also this New York Times video tutorial. And remember: Facemasks are not just to protect yourself but to aloha and protect others in case you are unknowingly carrying the virus. So let’s aloha kekahi i kekahi and wear a facemask.
With new research showing that wearing masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19, people in the community like Kini Zamora are providing fabric templates to make masks for yourself or others or like Ke Alo Piko are working with donors like Kamehameha Schools to produce a large number for healthcare workers.
Here's a video sewing tutorial explaining how to sew the project, if you use Kini Zamora’s template. If you would like a mask that has a bit more protection and allows for the addition of a disposable inner layer cut out of a HEPA filter, vacuum cleaner bag, paper towel, etc., this video tutorial accommodates that addition. If you are unable to make your own mask or do not have access to one, you can try Hawai’i Mask Makers, a website that lists various groups and businesses that are producing masks for the public. The CDC has also posted directions for various types of DIY facemasks.
Every1ne Hawaii is committed to providing masks to everyone in need, particularly those in the most vulnerable communities across the state. If you or your family members are in need click here to request free fabric masks.
Plastic face shields
Plastic face shields
A number of our Hawaiʻi community organizations are jumping in to help make plastic face shields available to more people. Here are some opportunities to obtain them or help to ensure professionals (healthcare workers, first responders, nursing and retirement homes) who need them are well equipped with them:
Hawaiʻi Community Lending
Hawaii Community Lending is partnering with members of the Honolulu Board of Realtors to market its new emergency loan to help tenants and landlords suffering the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Emergency loans will be offered to tenants through their landlords. Landlords interested in helping their tenants secure emergency loans through HCL should call Mr. Gilbreath at 808.587.7653 or email email@example.com
This Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Kahiau Community Assistance Program (KCAP) provides one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $2000) to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries facing hardship due to an unexpected crisis. KCAP is made possible through a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and aims to provide stability for Native Hawaiians during emergency situations.
Central Pacific Bank Foundation will reimburse anyone in Hawaii for 50% of the cost of a takeout, delivery, drive-through, or curbside pick-up meal (up to $100) in order to support our local restaurants, their employees, and our hard-hit community to help #KeepHawaiiCooking. CPB Foundation will keep the promotion going until $100,000 is given back to the community.* The money will be sent to you via Venmo or Paypal. If you do not have Venmo or Paypal, you can create an account with either money transfer program.
To help landlords and tenants negotiate realistic payment plans and maintain a positive working relationship, the Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc. (MCP) has created a Rapid Response Mediation Program. Through videoconference, telephone or a secure online platform, landlords and tenants can work with an impartial mediator who will help them discuss a variety of options such as payment plans, temporary rent reduction, deferred payments, and other creative solutions that will enable the landlord to continue receiving some level of payment and enable the tenant to craft a realistic future for remaining in their home. By making a plan, everyone can relieve some of their worries about the future.
Grants are targeted at safety net issues most closely related to the Voices for Healthy Kids body of work. Preference will be given to community-based organizations with demonstrated experiences working to build power in communities most impacted by health inequities including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and Alaskan Native, or children living in families with low-income.
State established NEW Unemployment Webform for filing unemployment Claims
Job opportunities at DLIR
Password Reset: 762-5751
Make an appointment to setup a claim over the phone: 762-5752
In-person claims not accepted at this time.
Department of Human Services
Food, Financial and Medical Assistance
The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) administers various Benefit, Employment & Support Services (BESSD) programs to provide clients with monthly benefits that supplement such essentials as food, shelter, and child care, as well as employment support. Two notable BESSD programs are:
DHS is also home to the State of Hawaii Med-QUEST Division (MQD), which provides eligible low-income adults and children access to health and medical coverage through managed care plans. The QUEST program is designed to provide Quality care, Universal access, Efficient utilization, Stabilizing costs, and to Transform the way health care is provided to recipients. Click here to learn more or apply for the program.
Food and essentials
For kūpuna to keep them safer from Covid-19 while shopping or banking
Volunteer service to help kupuna get food and essentials
If you (or someone you know of in need) are over the age of 65, living in Hawaiʻi and need assistance with getting groceries, medication or household supplies, Our Kupuna (OK) will connect you with a sponsor to check in with you once a week and grab food and necessary supplies so you don’t have to leave your home.
Aloha Harvest will rescue unused food from canceled events and deliver it to nonprofits feeding the hungry. Call 808-537-6945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA offers their Essential Workers Child Care Program meant to provide care for your school-age child while you serve our community during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Services cost *$55 per day or *$275 per week (includes 2 snacks and lunch each day), but financial assistance is available up to 100% based on need. To request financial assistance for your child care, please fill out the form here.
People Attentive to Children or PATCH is a community service organization dedicated to supporting Hawaii's child care needs. They offer a listing of DHS Licensed Centers and Registered Family Child Care providers in your Island area that you can view by clicking here. This list is subject to change depending on availability.
For further support and information about other community programs, services, and resources available in your area contact your local PATCH office.
A network of chefs and restaurateurs that want to support their community in any way we can. In good times and bad we serve our community and make sure that everyone is uplifted in some capacity. We believe that it is our kuleana as chefs and as part of the local community here in Hawai’i, to do our best to take care of the people and place all around us.
Meal Service for kūpuna and ‘ohana
You can sign up for your ‘ohana or sponsor meals for kūpuna. They are also looking for help delivering meals. ‘Ohana meals 7 dinners for 4, $300. Kūpuna meals, 7 single packaged dinners, $50. To order, call 808-425-2516. Payment can be made through Venmo @Nanye-Hong. Kupuna delivery only & ‘ohana meal pick up available on certain days.
Inspired by Dining at a Distance on the East Coast, Hawaii Grinds @ Home is a crowdsourced database of restaurants in Hawaii that are offering take out, delivery, or gift card sales, allowing you to feed your family while also supporting Hawaii businesses.
Farm to Home Hawaiʻi
Farm to Home Delivery Service to serve Farmers, Kupuna and Communities, providing fruits and vegetables straight from the farm and delivered to your door. Every week there’s a new box available. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram @fthhawaii.
Food-A-Go-Go is where you can find the latest information on restaurants statewide offering takeout, delivery and/or curbside pickup. It’s a free service offering lots of different options from fine dining to family restaurants to take out operations.
For ʻohana who cannot get out to shop, Safeway stores have a delivery service for certain areas in Hawaiʻi. Certain fees may apply.
With many of the farmers’ markets closed, it can be difficult to find locally grown produce. Here’s a list of farmers that may have produce and CSA boxes.
The Maui Food Bank serves 10,000 people a month who are food insecure across Maui County through community partnerships. This includes people in need living in the rural communities of Hana, Molokai and Lanai. Click here for food distribution locations and hours of operations.
The Hawaiʻi Food Basket utilizes its community partnerships to provide foods to Hawaiʻi counties most vulnerable communities and individuals. Click here for food distribution locations and hours of operations.
The Hawaiʻi Humane Society offers the Pet Food Bank twice a week through a drive-through system located in their back parking lot at the rear entrance to the shelter. Pick-up days are Tuesday & Friday from 10 am to 1 pm for pet owners only. They provide:
They also welcome any of the above items as donations. For more information visit their website or email Outreach@HawaiianHumane.org.
The Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) Pet Pantry provides pet parents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with free dog, cat, puppy, and kitten food. Qualifying individuals and families include:
Food pick up is by appointment only. Click here to apply for assistance.
HIHS also welcomes any of the above items as donations. For more information visit their website or call 808-329-8002.
When economic issues threaten a pet owner’s ability to continue caring for his or her companion animal, the Kauai Humane Society helps by offering a supply of pet food from their emergency pet food pantry. Expanded pick-up times are available on — Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., or Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here to apply for assistance.
Community service, food distribution group
This weekly program continues for Honokaʻa, via the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Fridays, 4-5:30p.m., take out only.
If you are under 60, but have difficulty getting around or preparing meals, you may be eligible for services. Call them directly at 988-6747 for more information. Hawaiʻi Meals on Wheels are also in need of volunteers to deliver meals to our Kūpuna. Contact Brad Akamu, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or at (808) 784.2756.
The Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i is a public interest, non-profit law firm dedicated to achieving fairness and justice through legal advocacy, outreach, and education for those in need. They offer a dedicated webpage focused on providing COVID-19 legal help and resources on housing, unemployment, stimulus money and Supplemental Security Income. They also provide information for kupuna and keiki.
Community fund to help those affected by COVID-19
Aloha United Way’s Hawaii COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was activated to swiftly raise and deploy flexible resources to local nonprofit agencies supporting those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Through trusted partnerships, the Fund will provide support for local nonprofit organizations to address: Food insecurity, Housing and shelter needs, Rent/utility access, Disaster/crisis response, Medical needs, andChildcare and eldercare
Food distribution group
Provides food security to communities in need or at risk due to actions taken to contain COVID-19 by distributing nourishing, freshly made meals and supplies prepared under strict health and safety protocol. If you or your community’s food security has been impacted by COVID-19, please use the Request Mālama Meals contact form or phone our call center Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm at (808) 943-MEAL (6325). We are able to reliably provide meals for large groups. However, please understand that Mālama Meals does not service individuals.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (“Fund”) was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Subject to the availability of funds contributed to the Fund, a one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant following NRAEF’s review and confirmation that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Awards will be limited to one grant per person. Click here to apply.
Food Distribution, Kūpuna Service
Connect kūpuna with sponsors that are COVID-19 free and are willing to pick-up groceries, medication, and necessary supplies so that the kupuna can stay home while the COVID-19 outbreak passes. Sign up a kupuna here.
Kauaʻi County Emergency Loan Program
The program will offer financial counseling at no-cost and loans up to $5,000 to qualifying Kauai households who have lost income as a result of COVID-19. Online loan applications will be made available on Monday, April 20. Funds will go to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Community Resource Hub; Food Distribution
Activate Hawaiʻi Aid is a concerted effort to bring the community together and activate an island wide network of resilience hubs to help the most vulnerable get the support they need during this public health emergency. To help AHA distribute care packages to keiki, island wide donate today. The packs are roughly $15 and include food, a few school supplies, recipes for families to try, and mental health support resources for parents. Click here to make a donation.
Small Business Fund
Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.
Delivery Service, Kūpuna Service
Resource for Farmers
Aids local farmers and ranchers affected by the COVID-19 by providing an outlet to buy and sell local produce.
Resources for Nonprofit
HANO has collected a number of resources to help nonprofit organizations manage and respond to the effects of COVID-19. The resources currently consist of: Resources for Your Employees, What Nonprofits Need to Know, Hawaii-Specific Information, Managing Events and Conferences, Human Resources and Telework, Webinars to Help You Navigate COVID-19 Issues, Free or Discounted Services.
This Pop-Up Mākeke is intended to support Hawaiiʻs small business owners, particularly our Native Hawaiian-owned businesses, who depend heavily on community events, gatherings, craft fairs, and farmers markets to feed their families. Its goal in this window of Covid-19 limitations is to create a centralized online marketplace for customers to have easy access to local products.
This mākeke will feature weekly facebook live segments that will highlight products from the mākeke, talk story sessions with some of Hawaii’s top talent.
This mākeke is organized by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement with a grant from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.
If you are interested in selling products in this mākeke, please check out this Pop-up Mākeke website for more information and an application.
If you are interested in purchasing locally made products to help out Hawaiʻi crafters, artisans, and other small locally made product producers, please stay tuned for more information.
Library, free online films
Don’t worry about fines and due dates. Due dates and holds for materials already checked out or reserved will automatically be extended to accommodate the Covid-19 closure period.
The libraries are always open at librarieshawaii.org with many amazing online resources available to access from home 24/7. Our online collection includes:
Access these resources and more for free using your library card.
As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HIFF has created the “HIFF@HOME” program, which offers audiences at home to screen the very “Best of HIFF” short films from around the world, as well as from Hawai‘i’s groundbreaking filmmakers.
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ staff have curated a list highlighting various arts experiences accessible online, for all ages and abilities. This list will be updated as more resources become available.
For a list of resources for artists, cultural practitioners, and arts/culture organizations, including surveys and information on economic relief initiatives, please click here to visit their COVID-19 Arts and Culture Information and Resources page.
Free community tiny library
Free “take a book” and “leave/return a book” tiny community libraries can be found on Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi. While State libraries must remain closed, a tiny library may be near you. Please exercise caution in disinfecting books that you might share or acquire at this time.
This link takes you to a site that allows you to locate Hawaiʻi tiny libraries. The site also provides guidelines for being a part of the generous community of folks stewarding and using these community tiny libraries.
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:
Spectrum 60-day free internet service (for new customers only)
Internet Service for NEW customers
For new customers. Families with children in school/college who currently donʻt have internet service - Spectrum is offering a free internet promotional service for 60 days. To access this service, encourage families to obtain instructions for discontinuing the service to avoid being financially responsible after the 60 day period.
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced March 21, 2020 that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.
The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.
IRS has several online resources to help taxpayers.
The Internal Revenue Service on March 11th, 2020 advised that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status. This also means that an individual with an HDHP that covers these costs may continue to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).
In Notice 2020-15 (PDF), posted on March 11th, 2020 on IRS.gov, the IRS said that health plans that otherwise qualify as HDHPs will not lose that status merely because they cover the cost of testing for or treatment of COVID-19 before plan deductibles have been met. The IRS also noted that, as in the past, any vaccination costs continue to count as preventive care and can be paid for by an HDHP.
This notice applies only to HSA-eligible HDHPs. Employees and other taxpayers in any other type of health plan with specific questions about their own plan and what it covers should contact their plan.
Loans for small businesses affected by Coronavirus
For more information, please go to this State of Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism site.
Loans for small businesses affected by Coronavirus
For more COVID-19 resources and guidance, please click here to visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.
UH Student aid
For UH students who are in need of assistance in this time of Covid-19 uncertainty, or for anyone who might be able to offer them aid. This portal shares information about where donations can be directed and provides a way for UH students to seek help.
American Savings qualifying customers experiencing hardships due to Covid-19 may receive assistance for up to 3 months in the form of a:
Bank of Hawaiʻi’s Loan Forbearance Program
Information and resources for addressing mental health during this time of crisis. Topics include: Reducing stress in yourself and others, information for parents, information for responders, and information for people released from quarantine.
Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi operates the following crisis lines:
Neighbor Islands toll free: 1-800-753-6879
They promote mental wellness through education, advocacy, and service. If you want assistance in getting help for mental health issues (services, programs, etc.), please call the Statewide Office on Oahu at (808) 521-1846 or our Branch Office on Maui at (808) 242-6461. Our office staff is available Monday through Friday from 9am-4:30pm.
Administration for Children and Families
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families has an important role in supporting domestic violence survivors, runaway and homeless youth, and trafficking survivors. The four primary hotlines/helplines supported by ACF are included below and can be referenced on this website.
Help for Domestic Violence Survivors
National Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7 confidential service that supports victims and survivors of domestic
violence. The hotline can be reached:
Highly trained, experienced advocates offer support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages. The website provides information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, and local resources.
StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally‐appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT.
Services include peer support and advocacy; information and education about domestic and dating violence; safety planning; crisis intervention; and referrals to Native or Tribal‐based domestic violence service providers.
Help for Runaway and Homeless Youth
National Runaway Safeline is a 24/7 hotline that serves as the national communication system for runaway and
homeless youth (RHY) providing crisis intervention, information and referrals, and other resources. The RHY hotline can be reached:
Help for Trafficking Survivors
National Human Trafficking Hotline is a 24/7, confidential, multilingual hotline for victims, survivors, and witnesses of human trafficking.
The hotline can be reached:
The hotline also has an online Referral Directory made up of anti‐trafficking organizations and programs that offer emergency, transitional, or long‐term services to victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Free virtual wellness workshop -- register by April 7th at www.namihawaii.org
Talk Story: Coping with Stress During a Pandemic
with Anisa Wiseman, NAMI Program Director
April 8th, 2020
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Connect with the community, get connected to resources you might need, share resources and help others in need.
Solidarity not charity. Coronacare Hawai‘i (CH) is a volunteer organization working to meet the needs of our communities. CH is not a charity, but a mutual aid network based on human solidarity. They give according to their ability, and receive according to our needs.
CH is continuing to build a network of volunteers to serve our communities. They are looking for volunteers with a variety of skills and abilities, including:
They’re also working in conjunction with the Justice League Reentry Hui to collect cell phones for donation. The phones will be used to help people re-entering from jails and prisons including the houseless, kūpuna, and people on probation or parole.
CH will help find a way to put you and your unique skills and resources to work meeting the needs of our community during the coronavirus crisis. Just click here to volunteer!
Provides a map and information of all remaining open childcare programs for essential employees, food vendors, and keiki food pick-up locations.
Hawaiʻi has always been a hub for many of the music industryʻs most talented musicians. With the recent effects of this global pandemic, many are now suffering loss of income due to performance cancellations as a result of government and health officialsʻ orders to keep everyone under quarantine.
While income may be a huge part of the loss they are experiencing, an even greater loss comes from the joy they get from simply sharing their music and aloha. This has led to a surge of FREE online performances for all who care to listen.
As such, this group is intended to serve as a virtual comprehensive calendar for ALL who are interested in knowing about upcoming LIVE virtual performances from our Hawaiʻi Artists, both locally and abroad.
Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line's Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.
Online support group
Free online anxiety support meetings via Lionrock. Everyone struggling with anxiety about COVID-19 is welcome! Together, we will learn to feel more centered and empowered in the face of this great challenge.
Starting Monday March 23rd, Lionrock will offer a support meeting for people struggling with anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Structured as an on-going workshop (it is not psychotherapy), the COVID-19 Anxiety Support Meeting will teach coping skills and be a place to share and connect with others also feeling the effects of this crisis.
The MindTrails Project is a web-based, public research site that offers free interpretation bias training programs to promote healthier thinking patterns for people with anxiety and other emotional difficulties. Research shows that people prone to anxiety tend to think about situations negatively. MindTrails programs give you practice thinking about situations in new ways. This encourages more flexible thinking styles in your everyday life. Learn more about the science. Developed by an interdisciplinary team of clinical psychologists, computer scientists, and engineers at the University of Virginia, MindTrails aims to efficiently test which training programs work best for different people and problem areas.
FEMA is authorized to reimburse local governments for costs associated with “emergency protective measures” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out the latest updates and modified payment options from utilities providers:
HECO has suspended disconnections for non-payment for at least 30 days, until April 17, and may extend that period depending on the situation at the time. Customers who are having trouble paying their electric bills because of the coronavirus emergency are encouraged to call HECO about payment options and schedules.
Customers facing financial challenges can now request a special payment plan that allows auto and property insurance premium payment to be delayed for 60-days without penalty.
From 3/20 through 4/30, Geico will be pausing cancellation of coverage due to non-payment to support those experiencing the economic strains of the Coronavirus.
Provides resources for employers across the State regarding unemployment insurance assistance and federal assistance programs.
Covid-19 updated data
During this current Coronavirus context, access to updated information about the increase or decrease in Covid-19 cases is helpful for many. Here are some sites that provide information to gauge how Hawaiʻi, other states, and the U.S. is doing in our shared efforts to halt the spread of new cases.
Free online fitness offerings that you can do at home:
Access to a limited collection of online yoga and meditation classes.
Access live yoga classes on the Open Space website.
Free access to all apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 minute workouts - until May 1. Free access until July 1 for all students, teachers, and healthcare workers.
New 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world. According to the fitness center, the workouts don't require any special equipment, but may feature everyday household items.
Live streaming "Work-Ins" at 1pm everyday on Facebook. The company said its trainers, and occasionally surprise celebrity guests, will lead the 20-minute workouts, which are free for everyone.
Online, on-demand classes for free. There are classes for various age groups, from kids to kūpuna.
Offering cardio dance live streams twice a day on YouTube. The sessions are held at 6am and 12pm.
Free 15-45 minute sessions to apply Behavior Design to coronavirus challenges. Topics include: Tiny Habits for Generosity, Tiny Habits for Staying Upbeat on Lockdown, Bodyweight Strength Training at Home, 3 Tiny Habits for Strengthening Your Immune System, How to Foster Calm During Uncertainty, and Tiny Meditation Habits for Fostering Resilience to Stress. Check the page often, as new trainings will be added frequently.
Tiny Habits—created by Dr. BJ Fogg, a world-renowned Behavior Scientist at Stanford University—is based on 20 years of research and Dr. Fogg’s experience personally coaching over 40,000 people. This system—what Dr. Fogg has coined “Behavior Design”—cracks the code of habit formation.
Free online offerings that you can do at home:
The world's largest collection of free guided meditations, with over 30,000 titles.
Calm includes collections of meditations, Sleep Stories, mindfulness tools, nature scenes and music for focus, relaxation and sleep. One week free trial membership.
Headspace includes guided meditations, animations, articles and videos.
Free online Kamehameha Schools Our Faith publications and resources of daily devotionals and scripture passages, mele, and stories of faith.
COVID-19: Respond with Aloha - Kanu focuses on connecting community organizations with individuals wishing to volunteer, along with additional resource listings. Their goal is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 while supporting community efforts, as long as it’s safe to do so.
The Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) will be offering a series of webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.
The webinar will offer participants a practical guide on the latest information on prevention and management of the Coronavirus and its effect on public health. Join experts in this webinar series to learn strategies and practices of sheltering in place and social distancing to prevent the spread of disease.
In the wake of major emergencies and disasters, the federal government plays a key role in restoring community life and economy. In this online course, we'll distinguish examples of immediate rescue and salvage from urgent and essential response undertakings, understand the Section 106 requirements and timelines of each, review the steps of the expedited Section 106 process, and apply them to real life scenarios.
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation wishes you and yours good health, safety and peace at this time of uncertainty. We invite you and your family and friends to visit Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s Heritage Tourism pages to experience virtual tours, maps, photos and histories of storied places in the Islands. Visit today and check back weekly as we continue to add content.
Connecting people with places that embody our collective identity and memory is more important and meaningful than ever. If you know of a resource you’d like to share with us, please contact us.
Resources to help you learn and enjoy ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
Online ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi conversations
Enjoy listening in on ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi conversations with friends from throughout the paeʻāina. Hosted by Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier. This link is to a schedule of numerous online Hawaiʻi programs, including ʻAi Kole.
Listen to mānaleo from across the pae ʻāina share moʻolelo and mele of ʻāina, traditions, history, and much more. These audio interviews, with some transcripts, were conducted by Larry Lindsey Kauanoe Kimura from 1972 to 1988 for the “Ka Leo Hawaiʻi” radio program. Hear dialectal differences, traditional phone greetings, ʻōlelo noʻeau, humor, a ia mea aku, ia mea aku e ulu ai ka hoi. Perform topic/word searches. This collection is part of Ulukau.org. E nenea ka pepeiao i nā leo o ka ʻāina!
Eight episodes of precious ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi conversations with mānaleo.
Online ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi lessons and learning resources
College-level ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi resources
University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Hawaiian Studies and Language resources for students in HAWN 301 - 402, including moʻolelo, mele, and analula.
‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi editorial columns by Lāiana Wong and friends published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and archived in this website.
Mobile or desktop app
This is a free interactive app that offers 30 ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi lessons that involve common everyday contexts that we all encounter. It’s a fun way to learn anytime, anywhere you have internet connectivity and a device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.).
Developed by Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau Hawaiian-focused Charter School, this application allows users to practice their ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with others in a format similar to Words with Friends and Scrabble. Download it from your favorite app store.
These online lessons offer a free guide to learning ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi. Enjoy the 24 lessons hosted by Kumu Ekela Kaniaupio Crozier and a host of her friends that joined in too.
Nā Kai ʻEwalu - Learn Hawaiian
These online lessons by Kumu Ahonui are based on the Hawaiian language textbook Nā Kai ʻEwalu - Book 1 (Chapters 1-10) published by UH-Hilo.
Helpful starter phrases and vocabulary
This ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ʻOe website offers easy phrases and vocabulary to jumpstart people using ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in everyday contexts like eating, shopping, enjoying a hula performance, and fun things like that. If folks rather have a hardcopy to print out, here are some for when you are:
A compilation of the Hawaiian Dictionary, Parker Dictionary, Māmaka Kaiao, Andrews Dictionary, Place Names of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Place Names, and the Combined Hawaiian Dictionary - an Ulukau Project.
Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video
ʻŌleloflix, to be released in April 2020, is an ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi lāhui-sourced captioning and dubbing platform for streaming movie services. It allows anyone — you — to contribute to Hawaiian language renormalization and learning efforts, and makes enjoying mainstream movies in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi a reality! With the click of the button, the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi captioned and dubbed movies are made available to people who have installed the ʻŌleloflix Chrome Extension and watch movies on popular streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video.
This online resource offers self-directed online Hawaiian language lessons offered by the ‘Aha Punana Leo. These lessons are user-friendly, self-paced, convenient, and affordable. Cost is $30 per chapter.
This online resource provides a good foundation in Hawaiian through the interaction of characters and suggestions for practical use in daily conversations
Developed by Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau Hawaiian-focused Charter School, this online resource provides access to an online Hawaiian dictionary, words of the day, and flashcards.
Clinton Kanahele (1902-1979) spent his career as an educator in Hawaiʻi. He spoke fluent Hawaiian and was dedicated to the preservation of the Hawaiian language. From June-September 1970, Kanahele interviewed 20 kūpuna from around the pae ʻāina, whose exceptional knowledge of language, culture, and history would prove valuable to future generations. This collection, curated by the Joseph F. Smith Library at Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi, is a rare archive of the audio recordings of those interviews in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, with line-by-line transcriptions and translations in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and English. Most of the interviewees in this collection were living at the time of the Overthrow and witnessed many changes to the lāhui in their lifetimes. Colloquialisms and regional language variations of mānaleo, captured in first-person audio, make this primary-source collection especially valuable for modern-day listeners and language learners.
Resources to help you connect to the rich history of Hawaiʻi
Ruling Chiefs of Hawaiʻi, by Samuel Kamakau
Ruling Chiefs is a translation and compilation of a series of nūpepa articles by historian Samuel Mānaiakalani Kamakau. His articles detailed the reigns of Hawaiʻi ruling chiefs from the time of ʻUmi a Līloa to Kamakau’s own time of the mid-1800s. This classic, along with many other titles made available by various publishers, can be found on Ulukau in both pdf and text searchable forms.
This documentary takes a look at the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government in 1893, relying upon expert interviews and primary source material
Paʻa Ke Aupuni is a unique 60-minute hand-drawn, animated film that gets straight to the point. It zooms in on key facts explaining how the Hawaiian Kingdom came to be, how it evolved to stand firmly on the international world stage of sovereign nations, and how the United States came to claim Hawai‘i.
In many ways, Ke Aupuni Hawai‘i, the Hawaiian government, remains pa‘a—steadfast and enduring. Yet “pa‘a” can also describe something that is stuck or retained, in this case by powers holding fast to control over Hawai‘i.
Pa‘a Ke Aupuni lays bare the realities of this history. It’s a set of facts we all need to know as the push to reestablish a Hawaiian nation gains momentum.
Additionally, here’s a link to references used in developing the script for this program.
In this book by Queen Liliʻuokalani, she recounts stories from her childhood, major events that defined the reigns of former monarchs before her, and the events surrounding the overthrow of her government in 1893.
This documentary takes a look at the failed treaties of annexation between the United States and the Provisional Government.
The DOE Office of Hawaiian Education provides a brief timeline and history of how education in Hawaii started as Hawaiian-language medium education, how the language was banned in 1896, and it was not heard in schools for four generations. The Hawaiian renaissance of the 1970s provided the spark to re-establish cultural and language-based learning and is the foundation we continue to build on.
‘Aha Pūnana Leo provides an extensive timeline of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i revitalization efforts.
Moʻoaupuni seeks to provide resources from a wide array of perspectives in an open, neutral setting. However, it is not a comprehensive source on every and all aspects of Hawaiian governance. It is but one hālau sharing information about Hawaiʻi’s political history and current nation-building landscape.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA’s) Papakilo Database, is the ongoing development of a cutting edge and comprehensive “Database of Databases” consisting of varied collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawai'i’s history. This online repository of data will greatly increase our ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices, thus providing an invaluable resource to educate other regulatory agencies, Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, and the general public.
Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawaiʻi’s population, the Pidgin language – part English, part Hawaiian, with influences from other languages – captures the essence of multi-ethnic Hawai‘i. The film, by Marlene Booth and Kanalu Young, profiles the rise of this working-class language from plantation jargon to its status as a source of island identity and pride. The film draws on a variety of sources, including archival, academic and other expert commentary, and man-on-the-street interviews and performances to shed light on this colorful language. This website offers a trailer and options for purchasing this video.
Website & Videos
This video collection presents a series of lectures about the life and death of Kamehameha the Great curated by Dr. Ralph Kam and Jesse Otto of University of Hawai‘i’s Graduate Certificate Program in Historic Preservation. Presented in 2019, the lectures were held in commemoration of the bicentennial of King Kamehameha I’s death.
The lectures begin with tracing historical recounts of his birth, legend, and astronomical events, follow his leadership and conquests, and conclude with his death and burial.
The lecture series was sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program of the Department of American Studies at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, and St. Andrews Cathedral.
Wilhelmina Kekela‘okalaninui Widemann Dowsett
The ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing all citizens with the right to vote regardless of gender was achieved after 72 years of advocacy, marches and rallies. The efforts of Wilhelmina Kekela‘okalaninui Widemann Dowsett and other native Hawaiians who initiated the suffrage movement in Hawai‘i serve as a significant source of inspiration today. To honor these women and the centennial of women’s suffrage, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation has created a website hub, Hawai‘i Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration, as a community resource to help promote relevant events, advocate for civic engagement, and share profiles of notable women, both past and present, who continue to have positive impact across generations.
CURRENT ISSUES FACING HAWAI‘I
This is not a comprehensive list, but a good starting point to explore some of the issues affecting Hawaiʻi
Produced by ʻŌiwi TV and presented primarily in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with English subtitles, this YouTube channel offers mele, moʻolelo, language-learning resources, documentaries, symposia, and other videos for entertainment and learning.
The Hawaiʻi State constitution, Article XI Section 7 says the state has an obligation to protect, control, and regulate the use of Hawaiʻi water resources for the benefit of its people for now and future generations. But why are the laws not being enforced? And what are the impacts of this failure in the Nā Wai ʻEhā districts of West Maui? Watch this video to discover the answers to these questions and more.
The Hawaiʻi State constitution, Article XI Section 7 says the state has an obligation to protect, control, and regulate the use of Hawaiʻi water resources for the benefit of its people for now and future generations. But why are the laws not being enforced? And what are the impacts of this failure in East Maui? Watch this video to discover the answers to these questions and more. Dive in deeper still with this article.
Hawaiʻi finds itself in the cross hairs between the military’s needs and the need to protect our ‘āina and its people. We learned from Kahoʻolawe that the impacts of continued bombing will reverberate long after we are gone. So why are we making the same mistakes?
This documentary takes a look at the military’s use of Pōhakuloa, including its failure to disclose to communities about their use of depleted uranium and the potential impacts of this radioactive metal on human health.
This short film takes a look at the movement around Maunakea and the significance of this crucial issue to the continued vibrancy of our environment and culture.
Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied tells of the ongoing struggle to ensure that the State of Hawai‘i fulfills its commitments to the Native Hawaiian people stemming from the loss of their ancestral lands.
Hawaiʻi's high cost of living and unaffordable housing market is putting more and more pressure on local families. How many more people and generations can we squeeze into our homes just to be able to afford to live here? How many more of our family members have to move away before we say enough is enough?
The long-term solution is that we need to push for better policies to create enough TRULY affordable housing (below 100% AMI). Unfortunately we have a homeless crisis to deal with right now and new housing programs for the homeless, like Housing First, are working well but are very limited in scale.
We, as a society, are unable to provide solutions to this housing and homeless crisis right now so what do we do for our most vulnerable people who are living unsheltered every day that this problem continues?
From Mauna Kea to Hanapēpē, development threatens sacred spaces and Native Hawaiian cultural practices across the pae ʻāina.
Right off the coast of Kauaʻi, 22 salt maker families of Hanapēpē have passed on the traditional methods of making paʻakai (Hawaiian salt) for generations. Each year, the families dig wells, harvest a special clay from the area, and mālama the salt bed to produce paʻakai for the community. However, outside forces such as a powerful Las Vegas-based helicopter company, flooding, pollution, and homelessness all endanger this cultural practice. In this video, the Hanapēpē salt makers share their story.
Hawaiians taxed out of their ancestral lands
Many Native Hawaiians are being forced to sell their ‘Āina Kūpuna (ancestral lands) due to outrageous property taxes that continue to increase due to real estate speculation and resort development.
ʻAs the land value around us increases, so do our property taxes.' - Keiki Chang Kawaiʻaeʻa
Families like the Chang-Luʻuwai-Kukahikos have had to devise unique strategies just to raise enough money to pay those taxes, and are in an endless battle with the county tax assessor whose objective is to get as much money out of the land as possible.
In some cases, kūpuna are buried on their lands.
Maui Council Member Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, OHA and Native Hawaiian community advocates are working together to draft legislation to help ease the tax burden for families that are at risk of losing their generational lands. If you or your 'ohana is being similarly affected, please fill out this form.
The Native Hawaiian Data Portal facilitates access to data sources and information on Native Hawaiian well-being. It helps to facilitate connections to local and national data sources, while making reports in the data portal easy to search.
Hūlili is a multidisciplinary forum for current research that examines the nature,
needs and strengths of Hawaiians, their families, and their communities.
Through collaboration and critique, Hūlili fosters new connections
and shared insights to mobilize greater Hawaiian well-being. All Hūlilil content is available for free download via pdf including the newly published issues 11.1 and 11.2.
Na Maka o ka ‘Aina, established by Puhipau and Joan Lander, with the intent to give voice and face to Hawaiian language, culture, arts, politics and history. This resource offers a catalog of videos to purchase for a minimal fee.
The Hawaiian Islands were once inhabited by over a hundred endemic birds. Today, few residents of the Hawaiian Islands have even seen a native forest bird. Hawai‘i’s native birds continue to face a number of threats through diseases, loss of habitat, and competition with non-native species. Because our surviving endemic forest bird species represent a considerable value to both the integrity of Hawai‘i’s natural ecosystems as well as cultural and intrinsic value, it is important to educate people on how to protect them.
This site contains education resources (Hawaiian forest bird education unit plan, learn a hula about native birds, bird calls vs. instruments, questions about going to an orchestra concert) and other resources (bird call audio, video presentations on Hawaiian birds).
Hawai‘i has a year-round growing season, every formation of clean energy, and diverse soils and microclimates. YET, over 90% of us live in costly and congested urban areas importing 90% of our food and energy…RECOVER AHUPUA‘A.
AN INTERVENTION FOR ISLAND URBANISM. HAWAI‘I FUTURES summons the habits of mind in which the cycles and surfaces of wai (water) organize the physical and emotional processes that craft city life. This virtual intervention creates a space to reclaim the notion of the city according to what it means to live on the volcanic islands of Hawaiʻi, versus a continent.
Hawaii Resilience Fund
what we fund
If you can’t be out with the ‘āina for whatever reason, here are some virtual ways to stay connected
Produced by ʻŌiwi TV and presented primarily in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with English subtitles, this YouTube channel offers mele, moʻolelo, language-learning resources, documentaries, symposia, and other videos for entertainment and learning.
A rich and diverse online resource that features a community-based approach to presenting living Hawaiian culture for learners of all ages. More than 60 topics are covered--from ahupuaʻa to ʻai pono, loina to lāhui, moʻolelo to moʻokūʻauhau--explained by practitioners and community experts from across the paeʻāina. Includes engaging videos, text pieces and other activities and resources.
Nūpepa.org houses the richest trove of information and insights about Hawaiian history and cultural practice, as seen through the eyes of its thousands of authors who contributed millions of pages of newspaper text in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi for over a century spanning the 1830s through the 1940s.
Separate from the Place Names of Hawaiʻi listing within wehewehe.org, this resource includes some 20,000 additional place names, thousands of which have GPS coordinates attached to them, allowing users to view the location of the place names in interactive Google maps.
A multimedia haven for online cultural learning. Here you’ll find videos, snapshots, articles, recipes, interviews, profiles of Hawaiian elders, and more. This website is the virtual counterpart to the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian cultural Center at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama.
AVA Konohiki, or Ancestral of Visions of ʻAina - ʻĀina means "land that one eats from." This website provides in an easily accessible manner documents that were written and produced in the 1840s and 1850s, when lands in Hawaiʻi first went into private ownership. These land records, written by our ancestors, include detailed descriptions of land management practices. The website includes numerous early maps from various archival sources.
Hawaiian Plant Descriptions
These websites provide descriptions of well-known and little-known native and Hawaiian-introduced plants, including images, characteristics, uses, cultivation, and care.
Lāʻī, also known as ti leaf, is one of the humblest but most important plants that we have around. Lāʻī can be used for ceremony, cooking, hula, lei, and more. Hawaiians always have a use for ti leaf, so we make sure to always have it around. It used to be that you could tell a Hawaiian household because there was always lāʻī planted all around the house and yard. Now it’s a little trickier because we don’t all have yards, but lāʻī is hardy, resilient, and easy to cultivate.
Ānuenue Pūnua gives some tips on how to grow and use lāʻī in the first of two ʻIke ʻIkena videos that we filmed at her family home in Kāneʻohe.
Oftentimes, if we wear a lei, someone will ask us, “is it your birthday?” And while birthdays are of course great occasions to wear lei, so is every other day of our lives. Lei are for special times, but they can also be given or worn anytime that you want someone to feel special.
Join Ānuenue Pūnua and her two daughters Koʻiahi and Maʻaloa as she talks about learning how to make lei from her mother and teaches us three common but elegant lei that we can make and give to our loved ones. Pua kenikeni is not always as easy to find, but pua melia and lāʻī are quite common and abundant. With these three lei in your repertoire, you can make use of the beautiful pua and lāʻī that we see around us so often. As Ānuenue reminds us, a lei is so much more special when it comes from you and the materials come from this ʻāina. Lei making is a tradition in the Pūnua family, and even if it isn’t a tradition in yours, it’s never too late to start.
Hawaiian food isn’t just for special occasions. Check out this easy and super ʻono ʻai pono recipe for laulau palula (sweet potato leaf laulau), and learn some Hawaiian measurements at the same time. Make an assembly line with your keiki, and you can get dinner done in no time! ʻUala (sweet potato) is easy to grow and generous with its leaves (palula), so this is a dish you can enjoy all the time. He keu a ka ʻono! For a longer step-by-step recipe featuring kumu Kaulana Vares, go to: kanaeokana.net/youtube
This video features Keahi Piiohia at Paepae o He’eia giving a step-by-step description of how to do an ʻū paʻa lashing used in lashing traditional hale (structures), mākāhā (fishpond sluice gates), waʻa (canoes), and more. The ʻū paʻa is one of the more versatile and sturdy lashings to learn, useful for all sorts of applications. With this ʻike, how will you ʻū paʻa?
A video demo and follow-along of Mele Helu Pō, the moon phase mele and hand game. Try it out along with these fun folks!
The Hawaiians in traditional times used a calendar based upon the phases of the moon. The year had twelve months of 29.5 phases; every three to six years, a thirteenth lunar month was added. Each month started with the new moon, Hilo and ended with Mauli or Muku, the dark moon.