Apr 13

US Small Business Administration and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory combine resources to help small businesses profit from energy efficiency Tuesday, April 14th, 12 noon MT; 11AM PT

US Small Business Administration and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory combine resources to help small businesses profit from energy efficiency

Tuesday, April 14th, 12 noon MT; 11AM PT

Dial-in instructions below

Learn about the collaborative effort recently established between the US Small Business Administration and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help small businesses leverage existing SBA loan programs to finance energy efficiency projects. The webinar will highlight the benefits of investing in energy efficiency, the process small business owners should take to consider and implement energy efficiency solutions, and considerations for making the business case that supports a positive impact to a business’ bottom line.

All participants will receive two recently published NREL/SBA Factsheets


Rois Langner, Building Scientist and Engineer, Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Francis Padilla, Colorado SBA Deputy District Director and 7(a) loan expert

Martha Young, Founder, Sustainability4SMEs and energy business analyst and writer

To connect to the Web Conference:


Click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87177912



1. Choose one of the following numbers to dial:

      * Caller-Paid number: 646-746-3008

      * Toll-Free Number (in USA): 888-858-2144.

      * Blackberry (Caller-Paid): 6467463008×7177356#

      * iPhone (Caller-Paid): 6467463008,,7177356#

      * A number in your country or in a country close to you (may be toll free):https://www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/glbAccess?process=1&accessNumber=8888582144&accessCode=7177356

2. When prompted, enter the Meeting Access Code: 7177356#

To prepare in advance for the conference (for all devices): https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/Prepare/.

To view supported Operating Systems and devices: http://www.corp.att.com/attconnectsupport/supporteddevices


Apr 13

FREE Webinar ~ Introduction to Facilitating Groups

Do you start your meeting first with a roll call or not? Ground rules – are they really necessary? How do you keep the meeting on track? What are the things you should and should NOT be doing in meetings to guarantee your group’s time is productive and focused? As the meeting leader, you must be able to start and end your meeting effectively, manage common dysfunctions among your group, and keep your participants engaged. It’s a tough task to juggle it all, yet your inability to facilitate could cost you and your group wasted time and failed results.

Attend our FREE webinar this week to learn practical yet powerful meeting facilitation techniques.

Introduction to Facilitating Groups
Thursday, 4/16 | 2pm ET

Apr 13

Hawaiian Homes Commission Regular Meeting on Molokai

2015 Molokai HHC meetings flier

Apr 13

Ka’ahele Wai’anae!


Mar 19

SBA Helping to Boost Women’s Small Business With New Online Learning Tool

March 18, 2015

If you are looking to get a boost to your small business, the SBA has the resources you need to help you start, grow and expand.Did you know that SBA-supported business counseling and training makes a difference? Those who receive counseling and training are more likely to start a business, the…

SBA News and Views 

Mar 19

Your Concerns Matter When it Comes to Wildfire! Kaua‘i Community Wildfire Protection Plan Community Meetings

Kaua‘i Wildfire Protection Plan Community Meetings

by Blaine Fergerstrom

Your Concerns Matter When it Comes to Wildfire

Kaua‘i Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Community Meetings

What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

CWPPs are planning tools that use community input to help make communities and natural areas fire-safe.

Why should I care about wildfires?

Wildfires have a great impact on Kauaʻi residents and all Kauaʻi natural resources, affecting daily life, human health and safety, and ecosystem health.

What should I bring to the meeting?

Just your valuable input on wildfire hazards in your area and ideas for projects to reduce those hazards.

We’ll cover the snacks and refreshments!

March 23 (6-7p):
Kīlauea Elementary School
2440 Kolo Rd.

March 24 (6-7p):
Waimea Canyon Middle School
9555 Huakaʻi Rd.

March 25 (6-7p):
Wilcox Elementary School
4319 Hardy St.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting communities and natural resources from wildfire.

phone: (808) 885-0900
web: hawaiiwildfire.org
e-mail: admin@hawaiiwildfire.org

These community meetings and the CWPP are made possible through a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region. HWMO is an equal opportunity employer.

Blaine Fergerstrom | March 19, 2015 at 9:01 am | Categories: Community News, Departmen

Mar 18

Huakaʻi Kākoʻo No Waiʻanae Environmental Justice Bus Tour, Saturday, April 4, 2015. 

More people seek to attend our bus tours than we can accommodate. Let us know as early as possible if you cannot honor your reservation.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please contact Candace at candace@kahea.org or call her at 393-5234 so that we can give your seat to another rider.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your friends and family!

*Let’s save some paper! No need to print a copy of your Eventbrite ticket. We will have a boarding list with us on the bus.


About Our Tour

You are invited to a cultural and environmental justice tour of Wai‘anae Moku, focusing in on Lualualei Valley.

So many people on O‘ahu have seen little of Wai‘anae except what flies by the window as they drive down Farrington Highway. In fact, Wai‘anae is home to a complex and thriving family of communities who are today striving to defend a uniquely Hawaiian rural way of life. Witness the birth of Māui, see where some of O‘ahu‘s trash is landfilled, learn about illegal sludge dumping, hear first-hand residents’ concerns over health problems related to dust from the landfill and the development of agricultural lands, learn about the history of land struggles against a golf course and a light industrial park, and take a tour of a working organic farm that helps to grow youth leadership.

Hosted by members of the Concerned Elders of Wai‘anae: Lucy Gay and Alice Greenwood.

This is a unique, first-hand opportunity to see cultural sites, hear traditional mo‘olelo (stories/histories), and visit environmental justice hot spots of the Wai‘anae Coast. Learn about the concerns of communities seeking solutions to protect agricultural and preservation lands, promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles, protect water from mauka to makai, heal houselessness, perpetuate cultural traditions, and promote truly sustainable economic development for Wai‘anae.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015

Time: Arrive by 8:30. Introductions.

Bus boards at 8:45 AM

Bus departs promptly at 9:00 AM

Bus returns at 12:30 PM

Place: Meet at LCC-Wai‘anae. Enter Wai‘anae Mall after the Tesoro Station. LCC-Wai‘anae is behind Cathay Inn Chinese Restaurant. 86-088 Farrington Highway, Wai‘anae, HI 96792.

Cost:  Our tour is free but we appreciate contributions of any amount to off-set costs and to help keep these tours running.  If you would like to donate online, no problem! You may safely and securely donate now on our web site.

Bring: Please bring your own lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, shoes. Lualualei is known for the sun that has teeth, so it can get hot!

-Candace and Us Guys at KAHEA

Have questions about Huakaʻi Kākoʻo No Waiʻanae Environmental Justice Bus Tour, Saturday, April 4, 2015? Contact KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance

Mar 16

OHA Scholarship Info


Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha 2014-2015

At each of the 12 scholarship ʻaha being held across the pae ʻaina, students, parents, counselors and teachers are invited to learn about the various scholarships that are available to Native Hawaiians. Check the schedule to find an ʻaha that will take place near you in January 2015.

A higher education opens up a world of possibilities. OHA is committed to ensuring Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana are aware of existing resources to assist them in pursuing their education and training goals. Each year OHA provides funding for scholarships through its Higher Education Scholarship Programs. In addition, OHA has created He Ipu Kāʻeo, a resource booklet created for Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. It includes information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services.

OHA Scholarships

OHA is helping Native Hawaiian students pay for college with two scholarship programs:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Higher Education Scholarship
Administered through the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation


  • Be of Hawaiian ancestry and be verified
  • Be a Hawaiʻi resident or resident of the continental United States
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college
  • Be a classified undergraduate or graduate student
  • Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average for undergraduates or 3.0 or higher for graduate students

To apply go to www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org and search for the “Office of Hawaiian Affairs Fund” scholarship. For more information call (808) 537-6333.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Scholarship
Administered through the Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program with preference given to non-traditional students.


  • Be of Hawaiian ancestry and be verified
  • Be a Hawaiʻi resident or resident of the continental United States
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two or four-year college OR accredited vocational education training program, as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Demonstrate academic achievement of at least a 2.0 GPA (undergraduate) and 3.0 GPA (graduate)
  • Remain in good academic standing

To apply go to www.likoae.org. For more information call (808) 984-3630.

To be eligible for these two scholarships you must be registered with OHA’s Hawaiian Registry Program. Go to www.OHA.org/registry to download an application form.

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Mar 16

OHA Grants


The purpose of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Community Grants Program is to support projects, programs and initiatives that address OHA’s six Strategic Priorities and accompanying Strategic Results contained in OHA’s 2010-2018 Strategic Plan.

‘Ahahui Grants

The ‘Ahahui Grant program provides funding support for community events. For more details about this grant program view the FY 2016 ‘Ahahui SOLICITATION.

Applications for Round 1 will be available and accepted beginning February 27, 2015  via the ONLINEAPPLICATION SYSTEM.

FY 2016 For events scheduled between Application Available Application Deadline
Round 1 July 1 – December 31, 2015 February 27, 2015 April 24, 2015 at 4:00pm
Round 2 January 1 –  June 30, 2016 July 31, 2015 September 18, 2015 at 4:00pm

Round 1 application deadline is Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Orientations for Round 1 will be held as follows:

  • Friday, March 20, 2015 – 10:00 am to 12:00 noon HST
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm HST

To register for a session, email grantsinfo@oha.org.  Web-conferencing is available for neighbor island participants.  Space is limited and registration is required.

The application for Round 1 is available through our online application system.  And submission of applications will only be accepted through this system.


To learn to use the online application system, view :

Fiscal Biennium 2016-2017 Programmatic Grants

The Programmatic Community Grants Program supports non-profit organizations whose projects and programs serve the Native Hawaiian community and align with OHA’s Strategic Results. Full details of this grant program for the two-year funding period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017 are available below.

Applications are no longer being accepted for this grant program as the application deadline has passed.

To access the online application system, click here.

Click on the links below to read the full solicitation for each grant category.

Solicitation # Description Total FB16-17 Funding*
16-01 Housing Housing Services for Native Hawaiians $ 1,820,000
16-02 Income Employment Core and Career Support Services $ 1,820,000
16-03 Health Obesity and Physical Health Improvement Services $ 1,840,000
16-04 Education Improving Middle and High School Testing Services $ 1,460,000
16-05 Culture Perpetuating Hawaiian Culture $ 1,000,000
16-06 Land Pae ‘Āina Sustainability $ 1,000,000

*Subject to the availability of funds.

Click on the links below to read the additional information related to the above solicitations.

Grants Orientation Slides
List of FB 14-15 Grantees
Solicitation 16-02 Income – Attachment H “Income Limits”
Solicitation 16-05 Culture – Cultural Assessment Survey

2014-2015 Grant Awardees

Mar 16


Procurement: IFB-15-HHL-007

by Blaine Fergerstrom

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands  Land Development Division

IFB NO.: IFB-15-HHL-007

SEALED BIDS for IFB No.: IFB-15-HHL-007, LANAI LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE, Lanai City, Island of Lanai, State of Hawaii, will be received by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), at Hale Kalanianaole, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707, until 2:00 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time (H.S.T.), April 15 , 2015, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids received after the time fixed for opening or delivered anywhere other than as specified above will not be considered.

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