Hui O Laulima, a women’s organization dedicated to promoting, perpetuating and preserving Okinawan culture, is currently accepting applications for its 2015 cultural grant program. The grants are open to groups and individuals who are committed to Hui O Laulima’s mission.

The prospective grant projects/activities should take place during the 2015 calendar year. Grant recipients must expend their funds within that calendar year. Since the program’s introduction in 1984, Hui O Laulima has awarded more than $144,000 to worthwhile projects grants and scholarships. Aug. 31 is the deadline to apply for a 2015 grant.

Selection criteria includes:

  • Interest in the study, perpetuation and promotion — including goodwill projects of Okinawan culture (music, dance, art or other forms of artistic expressions) — language and history;
  • Leadership ability;
  • Community service;
  • Acceptance to study under a recognized instructor of Okinawan culture, language and/or history; and
  • Participation in programs that promote and perpetuate Okinawan culture.

Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and overall potential for success and provide a letter clarifying the individual’s or group’s goals. Additionally, two letters of recommendation are required from individuals other than relatives. Award monies cannot be used to purchase costumes, equipment and supplies for personal use. If they are, Hui O Laulima will retain ownership of those costumes, equipment and/or supplies.

For more information or to obtain application forms, contact committee chair Karen Fuse by email at or at (808) 735-4523.



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