Coronavirus Aid

OHA Emergency Assistance
Kahiau Program – Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Phone: 808-784-4464

The purpose of the Kahiau Community Assistance Program (KCAP) is to provide one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1500) 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.

The Kahiau Program currently funds: mortgage payment, rent deposit, rent payment, utility services.  Must be able to prove hardship around the qualifying criteria:

  • Loss of employment due to layoff or debilitating illness, injury, or death
  • Other unanticipated circumstance such as impending eviction, impending termination of utility services, or similar exigent time-sensitive situation
  • Annual income must be at or below the limits outlined in the chart shown

OHAʻs Malama Loan Program:

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has an online application process for its flagship loan program. The Mālama Loan can be used to start or expand a business, make improvements to a person’s home, consolidate debt or fund continuing education.

DHHL deferred loan payments information

The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) approved an emergency postponement of mortgage payments for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) direct loans and loans assigned to DHHL during a special emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as the State faces the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHC’s approval allows for the deferral of all applicable payments for a period of six months, effective with the April 2020 payment.