Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO) are non-profit organizations like the Ho’omaka Foundation (formerly the Native Hawaiian Legal Defense and Education Fund) that serve the Native Hawaiian community. Our Foundation is also the owner of several for-profit companies called NHO-owned Entities. In 2004, the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act (P.L. 108-87) placed NHO-owned Entities in the same category as tribally-owned firms for the purposes of DOD acquisitions, which allowed them to participate in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The profits of our NHO-owned Entities support the Ho’omaka Foundation, which administers economic and educational programs that benefit the Native Hawaiian population

What is an NHO-owned entity?

An NHO-owned Entity is a for-profit company that is majority-owned by a not-for-profit NHO. Under the authorization of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19, NHO-owned Entities are authorized to participate in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, which provides business assistance to companies majority owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged populations, including Native Hawaiians. Each year, the federal government aims to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged 8(a) businesses. The NHO-owned Entities majority owned by the Ho’omaka Foundation currently support several Federal agencies, including the DOD and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The profits generated by our NHO-owned Entities benefit the Native Hawaiian population through subsidizing various social, economic, and cultural programs administered by our Foundation.