Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2016 Cultural Grant program. All prospective grant projects/activities and expenditure of grant monies must take place during the 2016 calendar year (January-December). Applications are due by Aug. 31.

Hui O Laulima has been awarding grants and scholarships since 1984. To date, the organization has awarded more $152,000 for projects aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. In the spirit of laulima, Hawaiian for “giving a helping hand,” Hui O Laulima awards grants to individuals and groups with a same desire.

The criteria for selection include:
• 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;
• Participation in programs for the promotion and perpetuation of Okinawan culture;
• Financial need;
• Overall potential for success;
• Clarity of goal(s); and
• Two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives.
• Grant monies cannot be used to purchase costumes, equipment and/or supplies for personal use.
Please direct inquiries and/or requests for application to Karen Fuse, committee chair, at or call (808) 735-4523.


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