Jan 23



Media Only: Amy M. Echo-Hawk (360) 314-2421amy@nativeartsandcultures.org



(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists nationwide have until April 6 to apply for the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship.

2015 NACF Artist Fellowships

The coveted national award includes support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. Awards will be made in six artistic disciplines, including: performing arts, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. “To meet a broadening need in the arts community, this year we invite applications in the discipline of performing arts,” said NACF Program Officer Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai and Chippewa descent). “More Native artists than ever before are exploring performing arts through multi-disciplinary approaches. We are looking forward to seeing what Native performing artists have been up to around the country!”

DEADLINE: Monday, April 6, 5 p.m. P.S.T.

To apply, artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria and complete an application at http://your.culturegrants.org before the April 6, 5 p.m. PST deadline.

The foundation will announce award recipients in August 2015. For questions and technical support, contact Program Officer Andre Bouchard at andre@nativeartsandcultures.org or (360) 314-2421.

One of the only opportunities in the U.S. of this magnitude dedicated to supporting Indigenous artists and culture makers, the foundation’s national fellowship has been awarded to 41 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists so far. Artists who have received the award in the past are ineligible to apply for the 2015 NACF Artist Fellowship. Past fellows include visual artist Nora Naranjo Morse (Tewa), recording artist Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), choreographer Emily Johnson (Yup’ik), author David Treuer (Ojibwe), multidisciplinary artist Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee) and film director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq).

Since it began operating in 2009, the nonprofit foundation has invested $5,113,574 in programs to support Native arts and cultures across the nation, including direct support for over 127 Native artists and organizations. To learn more about the foundation’s mission and past fellows awarded, visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org.

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ATTACHED IMAGE CAPTION: To date, 41 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and culture makers have been honored with a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship. NACF Fellows clockwise from left, work by Nora Naranjo Morse (Tewa), visual artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Athabascan/Iñupiaq) in studio, work by Alan Michelson (Mohawk), performance by author Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), still from documentary film by Christen Marquez (Native Hawaiian) and weaver Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy) in studio.

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Jan 23

7 strategies for balancing work and life

Sep 28, 2014,
Ted Devine

If you feel like you’re overbooked from the moment you step in the shower until the moment you collapse into bed, you’re not alone among business owners. For many, work and life are one and the same. Business and personal finances are mixed, work decisions come with high emotional stakes, and family members or friends are involved in keeping the business alive.

While that kind of 24/7 commitment is often necessary to get a business off the ground, entrepreneurs who want to maintain success and sanity in the long term have to establish a work-life balance.  Achieving balance won’t happen overnight, but it’s a process that can start right now. Here are seven strategies to achieving a better work-life balance.

1. Breathe better                                                                                                                   Deep breathing helps you manage stress, boosts your immune system, and increases energy levels — all amazing benefits for busy, tired people. The best thing about deep breathing is that you can do it in the shower, during your commute, while you’re falling asleep, or while you’re reading an article online. By physically and mentally calming yourself through deep breaths, you’re better able to handle stress so you have more energy for every part of your life.

2. Schedule time to be active                                                                                              A new study from the Center for Creative Leadership found that business leaders who exercise regularly are the most effective. And we’ve all read about the stress-reducing and mood-boosting effects exercise offers, which benefit you and your loved ones. Put workout time into your work calendar, and it’s much less likely to be trampled

Jan 23

Hawaiian Electric unveils new plan to shake up rooftop solar industry

Jan 21, 2015,

Pacific Business News

Hawaiian Electric Co. has proposed a new plan to increase the amount of rooftop solar energy systems to be connected to its grid and transitioning to a program where all customers are fairly sharing in the cost of the grid, the state’s largest utility said Tuesday.
PBN reported early Tuesday that the Honolulu-based utility would be submitting plans to Hawaii regulators that would address the solar photovoltaic industry.
HECO and its subsidiaries on the Neighbor Islands, Maui Electric Co. in Maui County and Hawaii Electric Light Co. on the Big Island, expect to be able to more than double the threshold for neighborhood circuits to accept solar to 250 percent of daytime minimum load from 120 percent of daytime minimum load. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 08

Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants

Purpose: The Very Low-Income Housing Repair program provides loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their dwellings or to remove health and safety hazards.

Eligibility: To obtain a loan, homeowner-occupants must be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere and must have very low incomes, defined as below 50 percent of the area median income. They must need to make repairs and improvements to make the dwelling more safe and sanitary or to remove health and safety hazards. Grants are only available to homeowners who are 62 years old or older and cannot repay a Section 504 loan. For Income and Property Eligibility please see our Eligibility Site.

Terms: Loans of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $7,500 are available. Loans are for up to 20 years at 1 percent interest. A real estate mortgage and full title services are required for loans of $7,500 or more. Grants may be recaptured if the property is sold in less than 3 years. Grant funds may be used only to pay for repairs and improvements resulting in the removal of health and safety hazards. A grant/loan combination is made if the applicant can repay part of the cost. Loans and grants can be combined for up to $27,500 in assistance.

Standards: Repaired properties do not need to meet other HCFP code requirements, but the installation of water and waste systems and related fixtures must meet local health department requirements. Water supply and sewage disposal systems should normally meet HCFP requirements. Not all the health and safety hazards in a home must be removed with Section 504 funds, provided that major health and safety hazards are removed. All work must meet local codes and standards.

Basic Instruction: 7 CFR Part 3550 and HB-1-3550

For more information about this program, or to file an application, contact the local Rural Development office in your area.

Jan 08

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Happy New Year!

We wish you and your family a wonderful year ahead, and celebrate everything we accomplished together in 2014. Thank you for being a part of the 7,000 nautical miles that our Hawaiian voyaging canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, have successfully navigated since May. We hope you enjoy this 2014 recap video as much as we enjoyed creating it!

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We have visited 24 islands and six countries, strengthening and celebrating the shared voyaging traditions of our Pacific Ocean family. We have talked with students and people of all ages at our ports about how we can use the outlook of the navigator and the values of voyaging to take better care of each other and our shared ocean and Island Earth. We have gathered Mālama Honua commitments–stories of hope–from children and elders, organizations and individuals, governments and households.

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To date, 136 crewmembers have worked incredibly hard to perpetuate and strengthen a voyaging legacy that can help us build a sustainable future. As part of our voyaging family, educator network, extended ʻohana, and communities of support, you have made it possible for our 2014 Mālama Honua crew to reach new horizons safely and successfully. These crew members have helped us learn a new way of looking at the world, on land as well as at sea.

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In the new year, we will grow the global Mālama Honua community to include new countries, places, and people. We have a new and expanded sail plan for the new year. As Hōkūleʻa continues on to the Indian Ocean, Hikianalia’s updated sail includes 12 expeditions at home in Hawaiʻi, stops in the west coast of the U.S. mainland, and reunification with Hōkūleʻa in Panama, South America where they will continue the journey together. We look forward to continuing to voyage with you in the exciting year ahead. Mahalo again for being a part of our shared future. Happy Holidays!

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Mahalo for keeping us sailing! See you in 2015!

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Jan 08

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Happy New Year!

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP–for FY 2015)

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei_Eligibility.html) has two funding deadlines

  1. For applicants requesting $20,000 or less that wish to have their application compete in the ‘‘Grants of $20,000 or less set aside,’’ complete applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. local time on April 30, 2015.
  2. For applicants requesting grant funds over $20,000 (unrestricted), complete applications must be received no later than:
  3. 4:30 p.m. local time on April 30, 2015, or
  4. 4:30 p.m. local time on June 30, 2015.

(Hopefully, one of your New Year Resolutions is not to procrastinate and wait until the last minute!)

For guaranteed loan only projects, applications will be reviewed and processed when received with monthly competitions on the first business day of each month for those applications ready to be funded.  Program highlights include:

Who is eligible?

  • An agricultural producer (individual or entity) directly engaged in the production of agricultural products AND obtains at least 50% or greater of their gross income from their agriculture business, OR
  • A rural small business–an entity is considered a small business in accordance with SBA’s (Small Business Administration) small business size standards (by NAICS codes). SBA small size standards can be found at http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/Size_Standards_Table(1).pdf. Also, the business headquarters must be in a rural area.
  • Note:  non-profit organizations and public entities are NOT eligible.

Project Eligibility

The proposed project must:

o be for the purchase of a renewable energy system or to make energy efficiency improvements.

o be for a pre-commercial or commercially available, and replicable technology (no Research and Development, demonstration or pre-demonstration projects).

o have technical merit.

o be located in a rural area.

o The applicant must be the owner of the project (no leasing of systems).

o Technologies that are eligible for funding include: Biomass, Anaerobic Digester, Geothermal – electric generation, Geothermal – direct use, Hydrogen, Small and Large Wind, Small and Large Solar, Ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal), Hydroelectric, and Energy Efficiency Improvements.

Maximum Assistance

Description Renewable Energy Projects Energy Efficiency Improvements Projects
A system that produces or produces and delivers usable energy from a renewable energy source. Improvements to a facility, building, or process that reduces energy consumption.
Minimum grant (no more than 25% of total eligible project costs) $2,500 $1,500
Maximum grant (no more than 25% of total eligible project costs) $500,000 $250,000
Minimum guaranteed loan (no more than 75% of total eligible project costs) $5,000 $5,000
Maximum guaranteed loan (no more than 75% of total eligible project costs) $25,000,000 $25,000,000
Minimum grant portion of a combined funding request $1,500 $1,50
For More Information
Hawaii County (East) &Maui County Oahu, Kauai & American Samoa
Lori M. Nekoba ShirleyM. U. Heatherly
Business Programs Specialist Business Programs Specialist
154 Waianuenue Avenue, Room 311 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1-340
Hilo, HI 96720 Honolulu, HI 96850
(808) 933-8312 (808) 541-2600 Ext. 139
lori.nekoba@hi.usda.gov shirley.heatherly@hi.usda.gov
Hawaii County (West) & Western Pacific  (Guam, CNMI, Palau, Marshall Islands, FSM) Western Pacific (Guam, CNMI, Palau, Marshall Islands, FSM)
Denise M. Oda Anthony C. Barcinas
Business Programs Specialist Business Programs Specialist
154 Waianuenue Avenue, Room 311 770 East Sunset Blvd., Ste. 280
Hilo, HI 96720 Tiyan, GU 96913
(808) 933-8323 (671) 300-8567
denise.oda@hi.usda.gov anthony.barcinas@pb.usda.gov


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Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

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Jan 08

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for the Art in City Buildings Program for Mililani Mauka District Park.

MOCA announces a


Art in City Buildings Program for

Mililani Mauka District Park.

The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) is requesting proposals for a work of art for Mililani District Park at 95-1069 Ukuwai Street, Mililani, Hawaii 96789.  This request is open to all artists qualified to work in the the City and County of Honolulu.  Application deadline is January 8, 2015.  For more detailed information, including building plans of where the art will be displayed, download the zip file by clicking here.










Jan 08

HANO’s Agenda, January 2015

President’s Message:

An Optimistic Start to 2015

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed some time to rest and recharge. We’re looking forward to a fantastic 2015 with all of you.

We invite you to join us in celebrating some good news reported by the National Council of Nonprofits:Governments at all levels – local, state and federal — that hire nonprofits to deliver services are now required to reimburse nonprofits for the reasonable indirect costs they incur on behalf of governments when federal dollars are part of the funding stream.

The mandate is embedded in new grant-making rules of the federal Office of Management and Budget. It applies to new contracts and grants signed after Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Click HERE to read more.

The OMB Uniform Guidance establishes two sets of important rights for nonprofits: reimbursement for more of your direct costs and reimbursement for your indirect costs — the de minimis rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs or your negotiated federal indirect cost rate.

Click HERE to read “Know Your Rights … and How to Protect Them” by the National Council of Nonprofits.

We are excited to share the news not only because it is an excellent example of the advocacy work of our nationwide network of nonprofits, to which you belong through your membership in HANO, but also because from this day forward nonprofits with new government grants and contracts involving federal funds should receive reimbursement for more of their actual costs.

HANO looks forward to working with you and all nonprofits and funders in Hawaii to understand the new rules and how to comply with and take full advantage of them.

Please enjoy our first newsletter of 2015.

Lisa Maruyama

HANO president and CEO

Jan 08

You are invited to attend a Small Business Administration /AT&T Connect iMeeting .

You are invited to attend a Small Business Administration /AT&T Connect iMeeting .

Funding Options for SMALL BUSINESS Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Investments

Tuesday, January 13th, 12 noon MT; 11AM PT

Dial-in instructions below

  •   Explore investor-owned and consumer-owned utility company options for energy efficiency and sustainability investments:  energy audits, rebates,equipment efficiency, time of use, net metering, building, refrigeration, compressed air, and lighting.

City and county certifiably green programs: new local city initiatives; energy audits, rebates, tax credits, preferred contractor list, free sustainability advising.

All participants will receive calculators and checklists


Matt Varilek, Small Business Administration, Region VIII Administrator

Martha Young, Founder, Sustainability4SMEs; business analyst and writer

Emily Startz / Sam Domeier, Xcel Energy Product Portfolio Managers, business energy efficiency (DSM) programs. Audits/studies and energy efficiency financing programs

Doug Priest, U.S. Bank representative and liaison through Xcel Energy alliance; funding the Green Industry since 2000

Tom Green, United Power community affairs and key accounts representative. Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in the electric power industry

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#
* 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

  1. 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

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Jan 08

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