Native Hawaiian Community Guest Stewardship


The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations (ONHR) Heritage (Tourism) Opportunities in Hawai?i (H??IHI) Grant Program serves to implement the provisions of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act (NATIVE Act), 25 U.S.C. 4351 et seq. The purposes of the NATIVE Act are to establish a more inclusive national travel and tourism strategy and has the potential to deliver significant benefits for Native Hawaiian organizations (NHO) as distinctly defined in the NATIVE Act, including job creation, elevated living standards, and expanded economic opportunities. Tourism is a major economic driver for Hawai?i that has long been experienced by the Native Hawaiian community as extractive and transactional. NATIVE Act funding equips NHOs across Hawai?i with additional resources to change that experience in ways mutually beneficial to visitors and the islands original stewards. A sustainable and equitable tourism model recognizes that an enriching visitor experience depends on thriving local communities with deep pilina (connection) to and aloha (love) for Hawai?is natural and cultural resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Departmental Offices, Native Hawaiian Relations, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 Activities are still underway from the grants issued in 2022. Accomplishments to date include a 3-day makeke of artists and performers; exhibits of traditional cultural practices and arts; outreach and education to schools and community organizations to reach 498 students regarding natural resources and the ecosystems of fishponds; development of a workshop to engage practitioners on business and marketing practices within the traditional Hawaiian culture, such as community and 'ohana (family); and promoting an artisan program to engage the public in traditional music forms and delving into the rituals of ku 'i kalo (making of poi and traditional foods) to uncover knowledge through Hawaiian practices.
Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, Section 5. Native American Tourism and Branding Enhancement, Public Law 114-221, Statute 130,847
The NATIVE Act seeks to enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities, and expand unique cultural tourism opportunities in the United States. The Act requires federal agencies with tourism assets and responsibilities to include tribes and native organizations in national tourism efforts and strategic planning. It also provides Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and American Indian communities with access to resources and technical assistance needed to build sustainable recreational and cultural travel and tourism infrastructure and capacity; spur economic development and create job opportunities.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments). Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Additionally, applicants must meet the definition of and criteria for a "Native Hawaiian Organization" as defined in the NATIVE Act, 130 STAT. 847, Section 3(3), codified at 25 U.S.C. ?4352(3). Criteria include: o A nonprofit organization; o that serves the interests of Native Hawaiians; o in which Native Hawaiians serve in substantive and policymaking positions; and o that is recognized for having expertise in Native Hawaiian culture and heritage, including tourism.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Initial application for financial assistance must be accompanied by a certification in writing from the governing body of the Native Hawaiian organization that it qualifies as an Native Hawaiian organization pursuant to the NATIVE Act and that they authorized applying for this financial assistance.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for this listing will be posted on Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcements (NOFO) for this listing will be posted on 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submission of a complete technical proposal and project budget is mandatory by the due date identified in the funding opportunity. In addition, applicants must submit all applicable SF 424 forms and documents referenced in the funding opportunity.
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the notice of funding opportunity, program regulations, and statutes. All timely submitted and qualified proposals are reviewed by program staff and a financial assistance official. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notice in writing. All approved grants will be awarded using GrantSolutions and recipient payments will be made using the U.S. Department of Treasury's Automated Standard Applications (ASAP) for the payments system.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Further information will be available in the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements as posted in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on Application screening may include, but is not limited to, the following activities: program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package, including required documents and attachments. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. The Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity as posted on The Third Level Review Pre-Award involves pre-award clearances and approvals required to issue Federal Financial Assistance. The Financial Assistance Officer will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations, the Financial Assistance Officer will evaluate variables such as Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory, or other program requirements. The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations will approve the final awards.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance will support efforts of Native Hawaiian organizations to do the following: share about the Native Hawaiian Community as the indigenous people of Hawai‘i; use arts and humanities to help revitalize, promote economic development, increase livability; share with and engage guests in the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture; other section purposes.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients, unless otherwise noted in the award document, shall submit periodic Progress/Performance Reports on at least an annual basis. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement, such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures. The frequency of reporting and reporting periods as well as deadlines are stated in the award terms and conditions. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 120 calendar days after the award end date.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. For awards administered by Indian Tribal Governments, the Tribe is responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart D ?200.333, Retention Requirements for Records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis when Congress appropriates the funding. The funds remain available until expended by the grantee pursuant to the terms and conditions of the award and the authority under which the funds were appropriated. Specific requirements are included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the award's terms and conditions. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Grant payments will be made through the Department of Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Bradley Kaʻaleleo Wong
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of Native Hawaiian Relations
Honolulu, HI 96850 USA
Phone: (808) 518-9844
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$978,824.00; FY 23 est $1,000,000.00; FY 24 est $1,000,000.00; FY 21$0.00; - Fiscal Year 2023 and 2024 are based on previous expenditures and appropriations. This program is subject to annual appropriations from Congress.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fiscal Year 2021-2022: $50,000 to $150,000; $80,000 average. Fiscal Year 2023: $50,000 to $200,000; $120,000 average
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Additional information regarding regulations, statutes, and reports applicable to this program are available to the public free of charge by visiting:
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Loko Iʻa (hawaiian fishpond) restoration and visitor education; hula festival and associated cultural demonstrations; loʻi and environmental restoration and historical interpretive educational program for visitors and community; interactive cultural activities for visitors; education and engagement of tourists on history, art, and cultural traditions of Hawaiʻi and Native Hawaiians; cultural practitioner assistance in business management and marketing for their cultural practices.
Fiscal Year 2023 The funds provide technical assistance and financial assistance to Native Hawaiian organizations to enable them to fully participate in the tourism industry and improve self-determination and self-governance capabilities to promote greater self-sufficiency; to increase tourism revenues by spurring important infrastructure development, increasing tourism capacity, and supporting the development of technologically innovative projects that will increase coordination and collaboration between Federal tourism assets to improve the overall guest experience.


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