NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center received a blessing Thursday in the form of a $30,500 check from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
The money will help students from the arts program in their fundraising efforts to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland this August. It is considered the world's largest arts festival.
"The Nanakuli community faces many socio-economic problems," said OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Namu'o.
However, despite their troubles, Namu'o said the arts center at Nanakuli "is an education success story."
Nanakuli is one of just 62 American high schools selected for the Scotland festival, and 95 percent of the school's arts program students graduate, while 82 percent of graduates go on to college.
"This program's impact reaches far beyond the Native Hawaiian students who participate," said OHA Chairwoman Colette Machado. "The program represents the Hawaiian community throughout the state and the world and is an immense source of pride for the Nanakuli and Wai'anae communities."
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