Local Impact
CDFI Support for Hawaiian Ohanas Helps Families Threatened by COVID-19

Hawaii, with its tropical climate and rich Polynesian culture, is known as the American paradise. Among its inhabitants are Native Hawaiians that are the Aboriginal Polynesian people of the Hawaiian Islands or their descendants. According to the US Census 2019 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, 90,070 people identify themselves as solely Native Hawaiian. Their culture places major emphasis on the importance of family or “ohana,” which is an extended family unit that includes multigenerational family members living together as one unit.

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