Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2020 Cultural Grant program aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture.

Since 1984, Hui O Laulima has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations for projects that fulfill its mission of preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. The grants are awarded in the spirit of laulima — the Hawaiian term for “giving a helping hand.”

All prospective grant projects/activities must take place during the 2020 calendar year (January through December). Applications are due by July 31, 2019.

Criteria for selection include:

• Interest in the study, perpetuation and promotion of Okinawan culture (music, dance, art or other forms of artistic expressions), language and history, including goodwill projects;

• Leadership ability;

• Community service;

• Financial need;

• Overall potential for success;

• Clarity of goal(s); and

• Two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives.

Inquiries and/or requests for application forms should be directed to Karen Fuse, committee chair, at The grant application contains a complete list of criteria for selection.


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