The funding will go toward making repairs and improvements to public housing properties in Hawaii, as well as improving living conditions for low-income families and individuals who rely on these homes for shelter.
The partnership, which is supported by FLUX Hawai‘i, marks a continued commitment to producing content in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, after NMG initially enlisted the support of Google News Lab to hire the first Hawaiian-language editor in contemporary media in late 2021.
“I want to apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended by my comments,” Fevella said in a statement. “However, I stand by my belief that the DHHL needs to prioritize the needs of Native Hawaiian beneficiaries and ensure that they have access to affordable housing.”
The HTA was established in 1998 with the goal of promoting tourism and coordinating state efforts in this regard. However, some lawmakers argue that the organization has become too big and bureaucratic, and that its responsibilities should be handled by a more streamlined agency.