The benefits to contracting with us include:
Spearheaded by the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Ken Inouye and made permanent by Congress in 2006, the SBA's NHO 8(a) Program recognizes NHOs as socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. As an NHO-owned 8(a) company, Akahi is afforded the contracting advantages of other 8(a) small businesses, including the ability to accept non-contestable sole-source awards of any value within the Department of Defense (DoD) or up to $4 million in non-DoD federal agencies.
Akahi was established in 2007 and acquired by the Native Hawaiian Legal Defense & Education Fund (NHLDEF) in 2013. NHLDEF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Native Hawaiians by advocating and promoting their civil rights through legal/political efforts, education, and community economic development. NHLDEF understands the unique position of Native Hawaiians in the United States socially, culturally, politically, and economically, and seeks to ensure that the rights and interests of all Native Hawaiians are protected. Through its commonly owned subsidiaries such as Akahi, NHLDEF has returned more than $2 million in profits to the Native Hawaiian population through various social and community programs.
For more information, please visit NHLDEF's website: www.nhldef.org.