Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Finding money for college is quite a challenge in this down economy, but opportunities abound. Amy Kalili introduces us to a scholarship foundation providing assistance to Hawaiians pursuing higher education.
"Honestly, if it wasn't for this scholarship I wouldnʻt be back in school," said Alohalani Ho, Haumana MA - Education, Ke Kulanui 'o Chaminade.
ʻO ka ʻoiaʻiʻo inâ ʻaʻole loaʻa ke kôkua iaʻu ʻaʻole paha hiki iaʻu ke hoʻi i ke kula.
Pûnana Leo preschool teacher Alohalani Ho is working toward her Master's degree in Education from Chaminade University.
Ke ʻimi nei kçia kumu Pûnana Leo ʻo Alohalani Ho i kâna kçkelç laeoʻo hoʻonaʻauao ma ke kulanui ʻo Kaminaka.
"Because I work all day as a Pûnana Leo teacher, I'm taking my classes online," said Ho.
ʻOiai hana wau ma ka Pûnana Leo o Honolulu paʻahana ma ka lâ, hele wau i ke kula ma ka pûnaewele.
Providing kôkua to Hawaiians pursuing higher education is Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Foundation's mission.
ʻO ke kâkoʻo ana i nâ Hawaiʻi e like me Alohalani ma ka ʻimi ʻike kulanui ka nuʻukia o ka Hui Manawaleʻa ʻo Ke Aliʻi Pauahi.
"Our scholarships are funded by private donors, individuals, and families. A lot of them are Kamehameha alumni and their families who saw the benefit of their education and now want to give back," said Kalei Stern, Executive Director, Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Foundation.
He mau haumâna puka Kamehameha ka nui o nâ kânaka hoʻolako kâlâ e makemake ana e kôkua hou aku.
There are over 40 scholarships with various dollar amounts, number of awards, and requirements.
Loaʻa ma ʻô aku o ke 40 puʻu kâlâ kôkua me nâ ʻano huina kâlâ, heluna haʻawina kâlâ, me nâ koina like ʻole.
And in these tough economic times, this type of kôkua is a blessing.
A ma kçia ʻekonomia kûlanalana, he pômaikaʻi nô kçia ʻano kôkua.
"It helps pay for tuition, books, supplies, and basically just makes it a lot easier for me to focus on my academics and not focusing on trying to get part-time jobs that fit in between classes," said Jordan Souza, Haumana MA – Pacific Island Studies, U.H. Mânoa.
Hiki ke kia ka noʻonoʻo i ke kula. ʻAʻole pono e noʻonoʻo i ka ʻimi kûlana hana.
Jordan, last yearʻs recipient of the Native Hawaiian Visual Arts Scholarship, is preparing for his art residency in New Zealand, where he will conduct research for his Master's degree.
"Basically I want to take Hawaiian art to the level that New Zealand has taken Maori art'" said Souza.
Makemake e lawe aku i ka pâheona Hawaiʻi i ka pae like me kâ ka Mâori.
Both Jordan and Alohalani have seen the benefit of seeking assistance from KAPF.
Ua ʻike leʻa ʻo Jordan lâua me Alohalani i ka waiwai o ka ʻimi kâlâ ʻana mai kçia hui manawaleʻa.
For information about the scholarships, visit pauahi.org and apply before April 1st.
No ka ʻikepili piha no nâ puʻu kâlâ a me kâu palapala noi kâlâ, e kele aku iâ pauahi.org a noi aku ma mua o ka lâ mua o ʻApelila.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.