An NHO and 8(a) Company

As a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned company, Akahi is an authorized participant in the SBA 8(a) program. This allows us to receive sole-source contracts, resulting in a much faster acquisition process. In addition, NHO-owned 8a companies like ours may receive awards of any value within the Department of Defense (DoD) or awards of up to $4 million for non-DoD federal agencies.

Why contract with an NHO?

There are numerous benefits to contracting with us:

  • You gain a sole-source contracting vehicle
  • We can accept direct awards of any size within the DoD
  • We can accept direct awards up to $4 million in all federal agencies outside of the DoD
  • Significant reduction of project acquisition lead times
  • We can work with you to customize Statements of Work (SOWs) which match your specific program requirements
  • Progress toward achieving small business contracting goals
  • The comfort of working with a proven management team with an outstanding performance track record

Helping the Community

Akahi Associates is a majority-owned subsidiary of the Ho‘omaka Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Native Hawaiians. In the Hawaiian language, the word “ho‘omaka” means “to begin.” Profits generated from Akahi Associates are used to subsidize programs that promote financial education and economic development. To date, the Ho‘omaka Foundation has returned over $2 million in profits to the Native Hawaiian community.


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