Pōmaika'i O Nā Kaikuahine Foundation is a Native Hawai'ian-owned business enterprise headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
The following values guide our relationships in the workplace and in the community.
Pōmaika'i O Nā Kaikuahine Foundation (PONK) is a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawai'ians. PONK is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai’i. We provide scholarships, mentorship, and financial education with the opportunity for individualized financial counseling to Native Hawai’ian high school students.
The Pomaika’i O Na Kaikuahine Foundation is pleased to offer female students of native Hawaiian ancestry it’s first-ever scholarship award honoring the late Miriam Soares Salvia.
The 8(a) Business Development program, which is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), was created to provide support to small, disadvantaged businesses, particularly with gaining access to the Federal marketplace. Small businesses owned by Native entities, such as Native Hawai'ian Organizations (NHOs), Tribes, and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), are authorized to participate in the SBA 8(a) program under special rules. While the rules differ depending on the Native entity, the ultimate intent of the Native 8(a) program is to provide Native communities with the ability to develop self-sufficient economic ventures that support their Native communities. Unlike businesses owned by individuals, profits generated from a Native-owned 8(a) participant go back to their Native communities rather than individual business owners.
Pursuant to SBA regulations, NHOs are non-profit organizations, managed by Native Hawai'ians, that principally serve Native Hawaiians. Since the term NHO applies in the context of the SBA 8(a) program, NHOs must also have a majority ownership of a for-profit, small business that has been approved to participate in the 8(a) Business Development program. NHOs are able to receive sole-source contracts above the 8(a) ceiling for Department of Defense contracts, thus offering its Federal government customers a highly valuable contracting vehicle that streamlines the acquisition process.
NHOs each have a unique mission, but their sole purpose is to serve the Native Hawaiian community. Profits generated by the NHO-owned 8(a) firms, are dispersed to their parent NHO, which then engages in activities to meet the needs of the Native Hawaiian community. NHO missions range across social and community objectives including: youth programs, access to legal defense, leadership development, innovative youth education, specialized job training, health, financial literacy, business development, cultural engagement, community development, and other community needs.
Through each contract opportunity captured by an NHO, jobs are created within Hawai'i’s economy, stimulating economic opportunities and creating high-skilled jobs, especially in the technology industry. NHOs are encouraged to develop training and mentorship programs, which allow young Native Hawai'ians to challenge and develop their skill sets, while ultimately being prepared to meet customer needs.
Many of the current and potential contracts sought by NHOs have opportunities, possibly even requirements, for partnering and subcontracting with other small businesses. NHOs are dedicated to seeking out small business partners within the Native Hawai'ian community as well as Hawai'i’s small business community. By partnering with Native Hawaiian-owned and local-owned firms, the overall economic impact to the State is much greater and the long-term community capacity is strengthened.
The truly innovative concept of social enterprise is at work through the NHO 8(a) program with each 8(a) participant being majority-owned by a non-profit NHO, principally serving the Native Hawai'ian community. Profits generated and dispersed by the 8(a) firm have a direct streamline straight to the NHO, which disseminates programs to the community ranging from health, social services, and education to business promotion, legal advocacy, and legislative activity.
Pōmaikai O Nā Kaikuahine Foundation will be comprised of industry-recognized government service firms who are designated as Native Hawai'ian Organization (NHO)-Owned and fall into the respective categories of Small Business, 8(a) certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and HUB Zone.
Pōmaikai O Nā Kaikuahine Foundation will perform a broad range of capabilities and will support a variety of acquisition strategies. We will have multiple companies performing a variety of capabilities and each one will represent our Core Values in every project, program, and contract we work.
Loea Consulting, LLC offers full-spectrum technological and human solutions in IT, financial services and other sectors to meet the customers requirements.
Miriam Soares Salvia
Feb 17, 1927 – May 24, 1999
Miriam grew up in Mokule’ia, O’ahu, on the Territory of Hawai’i, the middle of 11 children of the late Reverend Frank Tay Soares and his wife, Alice (née, Kakulu). Miriam left high school at the age of 14 to help support her family. At the age of 17, she married the late Frank Salvia, an Army soldier stationed at Schofield Barracks, O’ahu, Territory of Hawai’i and they raised a family of their own. Following her vocational training at barber school, she worked on Schofield Barracks until eventually opening her own barbershop business in Moanalua. Miriam received her GED from the State of Hawai’i in 1991, at the ripe young age of 64.
Who Can Apply
We are offering a scholarship award of $500 to support native Hawaiian female undergraduate students planning to study any academic coursework in a college, university, community college or vocational training program within the United States.
How to Apply
Send a completed hard copy of the Application, a copy of your birth certificate showing your Hawaiian ancestry, a signed recommendation letter, and a copy of your Unofficial High School Transcript to the address below, postmarked no later than April 30, 2021.
The Miriam Soares Salvia Vocational Scholarship Fund
Attn: Scholarship Selection Committee
91-469 Ewa Beach Road
Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Requirements for Proof of Native Hawaiian Ancestry (i.e., Birth Certificate):
· Prove a copy of a state or government issued birth certificate for the applicant which reflects Hawaiian ancestry
· If the applicant’s birth certificate does not reflect Hawaiian ancestry, include a birth certificate for a parent, grandparent, etc. as needed until a birth certificate reflects Hawaiian ancestry
· Please ensure the entire birth certificate is visible, legible, and has not been tampered with
Requirements of the Miriam Soares Salvia Vocational Scholarship Fund:
· Scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled or accepted to an accredited American university or college; or to those enrolled or accepted to any of the four types associate’s degree program (i.e., AA, or Associate of Arts; AS or Associate of Science; AAA, or Associate of Applied Arts; and AAS, or Associate of Applied Science.
· Scholarships will also be awarded to students who are enrolled or accepted to a vocational or trade program course within the United States.
Tips for the Letter of Recommendation:
· Who can write a recommendation letter for you? You can ask any of your teachers, school counselors or advisers, athletic coaches, Clergy members (preachers, pastors, rabbis, imams, etc.), volunteer work supervisors, or mentors to write a recommendation letter. Just make sure you ask them early, and you allow for time to receive their letter of recommendation before the application deadline.
· Some useful links for your information:
Good luck, and congratulations, Graduate!
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