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OHA Chief Financial Officer Hawley Iona greets the four presenters for a conference in Hana. Standing behind her are: Rebecca Soon, of Solutions Pacific; Helen Wai, a financial-literacy consultant; Lou Cooperhouse, a consultant to UH Maui College; and Desiree Vea, of Hawaiian Community Assets.
Nearly 30 Hawaiians in Hana benefitted from a day-long conference intended to help improve their sense of economic well-being. Organized by OHA and ALU LIKE INC., the conference at the Hana Community Center on Maui featured workshops on starting a business; maintaining a home; managing debt and succeeding in the food industry. The conference was tied to a strategic priority at OHA to help more Native Hawaiians achieve economic self-sufficiency, or ho’okahua waiwai.