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About Us

Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Opportunity Centers

Mission

Hawaiian Community Assets was founded in 2000 as a nonprofit organization and HUD-certified housing counseling agency with a mission to build the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians. We operate Financial Opportunity Centers throughout the State of Hawai‘i, providing financial counseling, income supports, and employment and entrepreneurship coaching to low- and moderate-income households and communities.

Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii

Our Philosophy - Kahua waiwai

Hawaiian Community Assets was founded by long-time Maui housing advocates, Blossom Feiteira and Kehaulani Filimoeatu. Together, with Hawai‘i Community Lending, Hawaiian Community Assets implements a unique, holistic approach to helping families achieve and sustain permanent housing. Named Kahua Waiwai, meaning “Foundation for Wealth”.

Kahua Waiwai espouses the basic philosophy of “A Sense of Place.” The home is viewed as a foundation (Kahua). Upon this foundation is built the family’s spiritual values and teachings (Waiwai). It is the spiritual value of the home and its surroundings that provides stability and the opportunity for families to build a secure future. Opportunities that help stabilize family life help to create a more stable community. A strong foundation, if built properly, will serve generations to come.

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History

HCA opened its doors in 2000, in Wailuku, on the island of Maui, with the charge to create a community development financial institution (CDFI) that would address the organization's mission to build the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians. In 2002, HCA took a major step forward by establishing Hawai'i’s first non-profit mortgage broker operation – Hawai'i Community Lending (HCL). While developing lending programs for construction and long-term mortgages for use on Hawaiian Home Lands, HCA staff also developed a HUD-approved homeownership and financial education curriculum – Kahua Waiwai: Building a Foundation of Wealth© - adapted from standard homebuyer and Native American curriculum to reflect local culture and values.

Today, HCA utilizes it Kahua Waiwai curricula series to conduct housing and financial literacy workshops and deliver training/technical assistance to transitional housing and community-based organizations, education and financial institutions, and government entities and Veterans centers to serve their target populations. Through its Native CDFI – Hawai'i Community Lending – HCA is active in developing and implementing innovative, micro-loan products and asset building programs that best serve the housing and credit needs of all low- and moderate-income Hawai'i individuals and families.

Workshop Calendar

HCA presents endless opportunities to achieve financial security with FREE classes, training courses, and workshops. In order to participate in any of our educational workshops, you will first need to Enroll with one of our Financial Opportunity Centers HERE.

Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii

Mahalo Sponsoring Partners

Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii
Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii
Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii
Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii
Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians homeownership and rent assistance and help for farmers hawaii

Please consider a donation

We fulfill our mission only through donations, grants and community fundraising events. Anything given to the Hawaiian Community Assets will be applied to funding our ongoing operation. We are constantly working hard to assist those who need help and your donations, no matter how small, could be just enough to make a huge difference to improve the quality of life for others.

You may donate to our organization by simply using a credit card or Paypal. Any amount is accepted and truly appreciated. Thank you. (You do not need to log into PayPal or register for PayPal to use your credit card, Click on the DONATE button to begin)

Hawaiian Community Assets is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, HUD-approved housing counseling agency and community lending institution that builds the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.

Hawai‘i Financial Opportunity Center
1315 Kalanianaole Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
808-934-0801
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Kaua‘i Financial Opportunity Center
4523 Ioane Road
Anahola, HI 96703
808-784-3841
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Maui Financial Opportunity Center
24 N Church Street, Suite 210
Wailuku, HI 96793
808-727-8870
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O‘ahu Financial Opportunity Center
200 N Vineyard Boulevard, Suite B140
Honolulu, HI 96817
808-587-7886
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