Hawai‘i Artists and Cultural Practitioners May Be Eligible For Grants

Aloha mai kākou,

You may be eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant from the United States Artists

In order to be eligible, you must be able to say YES to the following Statements.

  • I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience;
  • I am experiencing dire financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • I am 21 years of age or older
  • I am legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN)
  • I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years
  • I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners
  • I have not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund

Vicky Holt-Takamine
PA‘I Foundation

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Coronavirus Aid

OHA Emergency Assistance
Kahiau Program – Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Phone: 808-784-4464
Website: https://hawaiiancouncil.org/kahiau/

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.

Coronavirus Update: Direct Payments to Individuals



As a result of the recently-passed coronavirus aid legislation, there are new federal resources to help individuals, families, and businesses during this time.  This email provides information about the direct payments to individuals.

We will be updating our website with the most current information about this and other programs, so please visit www.schatz.senate.gov/coronavirus.



The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directs the Department of the Treasury to make a one-time direct payment to individuals to help them recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The federal government will send you a payment if (1) you meet the eligibility criteria; (2) you fall within the income cap; and (3) you have filed a tax return or you already receive Social Security benefits.  If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 or you receive Social Security benefits, you do not need to apply for this benefit.  If you do not fit into those categories, you can file a tax return for free to receive your payment.


  • Anyone other than a nonresident alien, a dependent, or an estate, is eligible.
  • You must have a Social Security number for you, your spouse, and any child you are claiming.  There is an exception for spouses of active duty military members.

Amount of payment

  • Individuals receive $1,200 (joint filers receive $2,400) plus $500 per child under 17 years old.
  • Benefits start to phase out for those with incomes exceeding $150,000 for married couples, $75,000 for singles, and $112,500 for single parents.
  • With the phase-out, payments will not go to single filers earning more than $99,000; head-of-household filers with one child, more than $146,500; and more than $198,000 for joint filers with no children.
  • Your income is based on your 2019 tax return; if you did not file taxes in 2019, the Treasury will use your 2018 tax return.
  • If you did not file a tax return in those years, the Treasury can use your Social Security benefit information or you will have to file a tax return.  You can find out how to file a return for free at www.irs.gov.

How will it be paid?

  • If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, or you receive Social Security benefits, you will receive the rebate automatically.
  • If you provided bank account information to receive your tax refund as a direct deposit, you will receive your rebate that way.
  • If you did not provide information for direct deposit, you will be mailed a rebate check to the address provided on your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever you filed most recently.
  • If you did not file in 2018 or 2019, but you receive Social Security benefits, you will receive the rebate the same way you receive your Social Security benefit.
  • After the payment is made, you will receive a notification in the mail from Treasury within 15 days.
  • If you do not fit within one of these categories you can file a tax return now to receive your payment (to file a return for free, please go to www.irs.gov).

When will the payments be made?

  • Payments will be made as fast as possible but could still take a month or longer.

More Information

  • For more information, please check the IRS’s website at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.  The “2020 Recovery Rebates” program is established by Title II (Sec. 2201) of the CARES Act.                          

For more or updated information on federal coronavirus resources, visit www.schatz.senate,gov/coronavirus.


General Membership Minutes, Feb. 5, 2020


General Membership Meeting, February 5, 2020, Na Kukui Lama Ku


  1. Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by President Kaimo‘okalani Muhlestein.
  2. Quorum established.  Attendees: Members: Juanita Brown, Bob Brown, Cedric Duarte, Kaimo Mulhestein, Pa Mai Tenn, Kaiona Killebrew, Ladd Heleloa ,Leimomi Khan, Ken Farm

Guests: Joe Mahoe and Alvin Akee

  1. Opening pule by Kaimo.
  2. New Business:

Election of Officers and Directors (Cedric Duarte, Nomination and Elections Chair)

Presentation by Leimomi on mission of our club, role and responsibilities of officers and directors, and option to increase numbers

Motion to increase the directors count from 4 to 7 members by Juanita; 2nd by Ladd; adopted unanimously


President – Juanita Brown Kawamoto

Vice President – Ken Farm

Secretary – Kaiona Kilebrew

Treasurer – Marilyn Leimomi Khan

Financial Officer:  Robert Brown

Director Na Opio – Malia Kaaihue

Directors – Cedric Duarte, Blaine Fergerstrom, Pikake Enos, Ladd Heleloa, Robert Brown, Pa Mai Tenn, Lei Kihoi

Finance Officer – Robert Brown

  • One nomination for each position
  • A unanimous ballot for all positions was cast by the Secretary

Members brainstormed various issues about meeting dates and times, assignments, programs, etc.

  1. Announcement:  Next meeting of officers and board of directors:  March 7, 10:00 a.m., Na Lama Kukui
  2. Closing Pule:All sang Hoonani.
  3. Meeting adjourned:3:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

LEIMOMI KHAN, Temporary Secretary