$2.5M grant goes to UH-Hilo's Hawaiian center

HONOLULU (AP) - About $2.5 million in newly announced federal grant money will go toward the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono said Wednesday the money will support efforts to create a new on-campus living learning center.

She said the money also will go toward activities that boost graduation rates.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

About $2 million of the money will be used to renovate a campus housing facility and establish the Hale Kanilehua Living-Learning Center.

The remaining $500,000 will go to programs for first-year student seminars, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development and Hawaiian language learning.

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