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Senators announce more than $20 million in grants for Native Hawaiian education

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Taylor Preza

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz announced on Thursday the U.S. Department of Education will be awarding new grants to programs and institutions of higher education that serve Native Hawaiian communities, from preschool through college and career training.

The projects will support vital needs such as kindergarten readiness, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as well as Native Hawaiian culture and language and college success.

Senator Hirono wished her congratulations to the grantees in a statement.

“Congratulations to the 24 grantees who are working to prepare Native Hawaiian students and families to reach their educational and career goals,” Hirono said. “After visiting many of these schools and programs in Hawaii, I have seen first-hand how important it is to empower Native Hawaiian students, and will continue to fight for these valuable funds. When students have a sense of place and feel they're a part of the community, they can thrive in the classroom and beyond.”

“Many in our Native Hawaiian communities face unique challenges in gaining a higher education," Schatz said. "We must make sure the federal government continues to do its part to identify and tackle some of the obstacles standing in their way. These investments will go a long way in providing our children with the opportunities to learn in a unique, culturally sensitive way and help them reach their full potential.”

The Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP) grantees will be receiving more than $8 million in funding and over $11 million will be awarded to Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of Higher Education.

A full list of awards is below:


Native Hawaiian Education Program Awardees 

 Grantee Organization

Award Amount

  Project Name and Description

Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE)

$328,462

The Kulia and Ka Lama Education Academy will support students earning their teaching credentials who are committed to teach early childhood in the Native Hawaiian community.

Kawaiahao Church

$299,500

The E Lauhoe project will provide bilingual STEM curriculum and encourage the use of STEM knowledge at home.

Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc.

$797,680

Unite to Progress will create family-based education hubs in seven Native Hawaiian communities in order to support pre-school aged students and their families.

Marimed Foundation for Island Health Care Training

$937,033

The Oihana Holomoana Project will work to empower Native Hawaiian youth to successfully transition to post-secondary education and career pathways in the maritime industry.

Maui Family Support Services, Inc.

$650,700

Positive Impacts for Keiki Outcomes proposes to provide family support services to Native Hawaiian families to ensure school success in kindergarten.

Pacific American Foundation

$750,000

The Kulia Natural Resource Stewardship Project will support STEM instruction for middle and high school Native Hawaiian students.

Partners in Development Foundation

$626,227

Ka Paalana plans to provide comprehensive family education programming to homeless Native Hawaiian families to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Partners in Development Foundation

$581,914

The Na Pono Project proposes to reach out to homeless populations and increase self-sufficiency and educational skills.

Partners in Development Foundation

$311,250

The Pili A Paa Project will create a teacher development and leadership program in order to raise Native Hawaiian students' achievement.

Partners in Development Foundation

$628,299

Tutu and Me: Pa Ka La will equip caregivers to be their child's first teacher, preparing young children for when they enter school.

University of Hawaii

$363,105

Literacy Through Digital Media plans to improve students' cultural identity and literacy by learning from kupuna and storytelling.

University of Hawaii

$470,908

The Pili Pono project will provide college preparation activities to at-risk Native Hawaiian students in Oahu.

University of Hawaii

$604,970

Project Hookui will increase enrollment of Native Hawaiian students in postsecondary education through dual enrollment programs during high school.

University of Hawaii

$156,175

Project Neepapa Ka Hana plans to increase engagement of middle school Native Hawaiian students with special needs in STEM programs.

Waianae District Comprehensive Health and Hospital Board

$344,230

Waianae Health Academy will increase the number of Native Hawaiians ready for college and health careers.


Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of Higher Education Awardees

Grantee Organization

Award Amount

Project Name and Description

Chaminade University of Honolulu

$2,000,000

Chaminade University will use the renovation grant to improve five of its academic buildings and upgrade the university's information technologies.

Honolulu Community College

$500,000

With the renovation grant, Honolulu Community College plans to relocate their Native Hawaiian Center and co-locate to provide seamless student services and financial aid.

Kapiolani Community College

$1,963,365

The Kauhale Ke Kuleana project will support renovations to the campus to support a culture of success, and will strengthen programs that assess and improve student learning and progress.

Kauai Community College

$598,923

KauCC will add campus gathering places that align with Native Hawaiian teaching practices, improving student support and adding degrees.

Leeward Community College

$1,999,904

The Paa Ke Kahua project aims to increase Native Hawaiian students' success in STEM degree programs through the improvement of laboratory facilities.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

$564,000

The proposed plan for renovations at UH Manoa will improve classroom, laboratory and student services facilities to support research on Native Hawaiian culture, language and student support services.

University of Hawaii - West Oahu

$2,000,000

UH West Oahu's PIKO project will work towards supporting Native Hawaiian student's health, wellness and well-being. It will support renovations for students in the health sciences, and make room for Native Hawaiian cultural arts.

Windward Community College

$1,997,067

The Hainaulu project will strengthen STEM student's success through facility renovation and curricular improvement. Additionally, it will develop a Student Parent Center.


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