Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2017 Cultural Grant program. The prospective grant projects/activities and expenditure of grant monies must take place during the 2017 January-December calendar year. Applications are due by Aug. 31, 2016.

Hui O Laulima has been awarding grants and scholarships since 1984. To date, the organization has awarded more $158,000 for projects aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. In the spirit of laulima, which is 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.

Inquiries and/or requests for application forms can be directed to Karen Fuse, committee chair, at or call (808) 735-4523.


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