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Summer Internship

Native Hawaiian Focus on Budget and Policy

The Hawai‘i Budget & Policy Center, a project of Hawai‘i Appleseed, seeks to ensure that our state and local economic policies increase opportunity for all residents.  We do this by analyzing and understanding the implications of tax and budget decisions and making sure that the public and policy-makers are informed through strategic communications, coalitions, and key partners.  Our work is guided by the belief that government at all levels should play an active role in helping people reach their full potential. 

The HBPC is a member of the highly-regarded State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a national network of 43 budget and tax policy centers that align their work with that of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  CBPP pursues federal policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways.  SPP organizations fill the same role at the state level. 

Internship Scope of Work

The intern, with guidance and supervision from the HBPC Director, will carry out an analysis of the state budgets for the Executive, Judiciary, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs branches that may include but not be limited to assessing state spending for the benefit of Native Hawaiians.  The following work is envisioned:

  • Identifying or developing estimates of the number of Native Hawaiians served by public programs in the Departments of Human Services, Health, Education, Hawaiian Home Lands, Public Safety, and University of Hawai‘i System, as well as in the Judiciary Branch and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
  • Describing programs explicitly targeting Native Hawaiians, including the purpose, genesis, funding amounts and sources, and outcomes.
  • Summarizing expenditures for programs in state agencies identified above and calculating per capita spending for or on behalf of Native Hawaiians or estimating proportional spending for Native Hawaiians compared to their representation in the total population or other analysis, as appropriate.
  • Identifying any federal grants made to state agencies that proposed to aid Native Hawaiians and analyzing the disposition and resulting benefits to Native Hawaiians of those grants.

The intern may also analyze the Hawai‘i state constitution and state statutes for language that explicitly addresses the status or needs of Native Hawaiians.  This work, which may include territorial policy decisions, will help put decisions specific to Native Hawaiians into historic context.

Intern Credentials

The intern should be enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate degree in public policy, health, or administration, political science, law, or a related field.

Knowledge and skills intern will gain

  • General understanding of state policy-making
  • Increased understanding of state agency budgets and reporting
  • Skills in applied budget and population research and analysis

Work conditions

The intern will be expected to maintain a regular work schedule of 35-40 hour per week for approximately 10 weeks during the summer of 2019. The intern will report to work at the HBPC office in Downtown Honolulu or other location as required.

A $5,000 stipend will be provided.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to HBPC Director Beth Giesting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1, 2019.

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MM Makalua‘O Lāhainā malu i ka ulu ma Maui ke one hānau ‘o Matthew Everard Puakakoililanimanuia Makalua i hānau ‘ia mai ka pūhaka mai ‘o Kaipoleimanu Kahoohanohano Makalua me Matthew Makalua.  He haumana ‘o ia ma ke kula ‘o ‘Iolani i ho‘ouna ‘ia i ka ‘āina ‘ē e ka Mo‘i Kalākaua no ka ho‘ona‘auao ‘ia ‘ana ma ka “Hawaiian Youths Abroad.”

I ka makahiki 1882 ‘o ia i hele ai i ‘Enelani me nā haumāna ‘o Pi‘ianai‘a a me Kamauoha. Ua kapa ‘ia lākou “Nā Keiki Hawai‘i ‘Imi Na‘auao” ma ka nūpepa Ke Koo O Hawaii.  Ma St. Chad’s ‘o ia i hele kula ai ma mua o ka hele ‘ana i ke kula ‘o King’s College. Iā ia maila, ua kūlia ‘o ia ma ke kula a ua eo iā ia nā makana ma nā palapala ho‘okō e like me ka ‘anakomia (anatomy) a me nā kānāwai (medical jurisprudence). He kauka kaha nō ‘o ia, ‘o ka mua loa ‘o ka lāhui Hawai‘i. Ma hope o ka ho‘okāhuli ‘ia ‘ana o ke Aupuni o Hawai‘i, ‘a‘ole ‘o ia i ho‘i hou mai. Ma St. Leonard’s ‘o ia noho ai ma ka hana kauka me kana ‘ohana, ‘o kāna wahine ‘o Anne Dewar a me kāna keiki kane ‘o Matthew James Manuia Makalua Dewar. Ma laila ‘o ia noho ai a i ka hala loa ‘ana.

Me ka mahalo mākou e ho‘ohanohano mau ai i kona inoa ‘o Matthew Makalua, ke kauka kaha mua loa e ha‘aheo mau ai ka lāhui Hawai‘i.  Mahalo pū no ho‘i i ka mō‘ī no kona ‘ike maoli i ke ko‘iko‘i o ka ho‘ona‘auao ‘ia ‘ana i nā ‘ōpio Hawai‘i. E holomua no kākou ma ke kahua i kūkulu mua ‘ia.

~ na Ho‘oleia Ka‘eo  

In recognition of Hawaiian Language Month, POL Policy Assistant Ho‘oleia Ka‘eo offers this story of Matthew Makalua, Hawaiian Scholar Abroad, now believed to be the first western trained physician of Hawaiian ancestry.


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Hardy w maile lei


Papa Ola Lōkahi is pleased to be able join the Rotary Club of West Honolulu to honor our retired executive director, Hardy Spoehr, with its Mary Kawena Pukui Award.  E hui pū!



Mary Kawena Pukui Award


In Honor of Hardy Spoehr

Friday, March 15, 2019

Plaza Club, 20th Floor Pioneer Plaza

900 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


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Partnership with the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership

Application Open for 2019 Public Service Scholarship and Internship Program


January 29, 2019 [PDF attached]

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) and Papa Ola Lōkahi are proud to announce sponsorship of a Native Hawaiian scholar to receive an eight-week paid internship focusing on public health this summer of 2019.

This specific scholarship will be under the 2019 Public Service Scholarship and Internship Program that seeks to increase Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Asian American participation in public service.  During the eight-week program, the scholar will be placed in a public service internship, awarded $3,000 and travel expenses.  All majors are encouraged to apply, but applicants should have an interest in public health and Hawaiian issues.  Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 14 at 11:59pm EST.  More about the program at https://www.capal.org.

Executive Director Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels observed, “I have long been aware of the outstanding internship, scholarship, and other educational opportunities offered by CAPAL.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our local community.  I encourage Native Hawaiian students to apply for the Papa Ola Lōkahi internship and other scholarships offered by CAPAL.”

CAPAL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational and professional organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the AANHPI community.  All programming is free and open to the public, and takes place in Washington, DC.

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Donna Bebber, Managing Director                                 Felicia Wong

808-741-1041                                                             202-343-0190

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E ola ka olelo Hawaii

2019 was declared by the United Nations as the International Indigenous Year of Languages. This declaration is to help “raise awareness of languages, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make for our world’s rich cultural diversity.” Language is a verbal expression of cultural beliefs, memories, and traditions and is the foundation for Indigenous peoples.

Like many Indigenous languages around the world,  ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi has a history of suppression. Following the overthrow of their kingdom, Native Hawaiians became a minority in their own homeland, marginalized in the new political economy. By 1898 kānaka maoli were punished for speaking their native language. Generations of Hawaiians unable to pass on their knowledge to their children, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi became an endangered language. Without Hawaiian expression, the Hawaiian way of thriving as a lāhui was dramatically disrupted.  Added to depopulation and loss of lands, this led to cultural conflict and despair, causing loss of cultural and health practices.

In the 1970s, the Hawaiian language revitalization movement began. With perseverance, determination, and mana instilled by their kūpuna, the leaders of the movement nurtured our endangered language to strengthen and grow. Today, there are 12 Pūnana Leo preschools and 21 Hawaiian immersion and Hawaiian medium education schools statewide. The University of Hawaiʻi system offers college degrees in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian medium education. 

 Click on image to view:  ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: A Brief History


ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi was recognized as one of two official state languages in Hawaiʻi, and in 2012, an amendment to the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes § 8-24 provided that the month of February be designated as “ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month”. This measure was the first Act to be codified in Hawaiian and English, and stated: “Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: E ʻike mau a e kapa ʻia ana aʻe ka mahina ʻo Pepeluali ʻo ia ka ‘Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi’ i mea e hoʻomaikaʻi a e paipai aku ai i ka ʻōlelo ʻana o ua ʻōlelo Makuahine nei lā.”

The month of February shall be known and designated as ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month to celebrate and encourage the use of Hawaiian language.

In honor of “Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi” and the United Nations’ Year of the Indigenous Languages, Papa Ola Lōkahi will be sharing messages that highlight ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian well-being.  POL has also launched a trimonthly Hawaiian language class for the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems across the pae ʻāina.

E ola ka ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i  ~  The Hawaiian language shall live

 ~ Nāpua Casson

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