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OHA grant to preserve traditional fishing practices


Pa’a Pono Milolii Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of the native Hawaiian fishing village of Milolii is fortunate to have been selected to receive a $140,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

The $140,000 grant centered around preserving culture and traditional fishing practices is for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and begins next month.

The grant will provide cultural activities, workshops, and enrichment’s for the Milolii community at large and will include the traditional opelu fishing practice that the waters of Milolii are famous for through Spring and Fall “Lawaia Fishing Camps.”

Additional areas of focus for the grant will be the reintroduction of Hula and the Hawaiian language as well as the restoration of the Milolii canoes the Hoomau and Malolo as well as the construction of a canoe hale adjacent to the Milolii Community Enrichment and Historical Center.

The grant will be executed by Paʻa Pono Milolii Inc. whoʻs partners include the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hauoli Ka Manaʻo Congregational Church, Kalanihale Educational non- profit and Hooulu La Hui. Additional support from outside agencies include Conservation International, Alu Like Hoala Hou, and the Queen Liliuokalani Childrenʻs Center.

The grant will be administered by Kaimi Kaupiko a native resident of Milolii and graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shilder School of Business.

To learn more about the OHA Preserving Culture and Traditional Fishing Practice grant award for Paʻa Pono Milolii Inc., call Kaimi Kaupiko at 808-937-1310.

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