August 25, 2009, 5:43 PM HST · Updated August 25, 5:43 PM

Hawaii is set to receive more than $7.6 million for Native Hawaiian education initiatives including cultural programs, curriculum expansion, tutoring, and resource development.  In announcing the funds, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye said the money will come through a series of 14 grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. File Photo by Wendy Osher.

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. File Photo by Wendy Osher.

The largest appropriation of $1,016,255 goes to the University of Hawaii’s Heluhelu Maoli program that is expected to serve more than 2,800 Hawaiian students, 300 teachers and school staff, and more than 1,000 parents.  The program seeks to develop school wide reading programs, improve mathematics instruction, and implement targeted reading interventions.

“We must help Native Hawaiian students excel in the classroom and explore their cultural heritage,” said Senator Inouye.  “Native Hawaiian students face an array of unique challenges and the federal government must continue to aide their education.”

Programs like the Ka Paalana Project, which extends educational resources and instruction to Native Hawaiian families combating homelessness, received more than $500,000 through the grants awarded.


The Tutu and Me program received $705,030 to continue work addressing the early childhood needs of Native Hawaiian children and their caregivers in 22 underserved communities, with the hope that the program will prepare the students to enter the formal education system.  Over the next three years the Tutu and Me program is expected to reach more than 1,200 children and 1,400 caregivers.

Below is a list of Native Hawaiian programs that received funding:

University of Hawaii – Curriculum Research & Dev. Gr. Program  Research & Development$1,016,255
University of Hawaii – Curriculum Research & Dev. Gr. Program Research & Evaluation$823,711
Tutor & Me Program$705,030
Ke Ao Nei Project$596,967
University of Hawaii – Office of Student Affairs S.E.E.D.$593,464
Ka Paalana Project$564,497
Pacific American Foundation – Education Middle and Secondary Education$556,134
University of Hawaii -College of Education Center on Disability Studies$507,431
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning$507,230
University of  Hawaii – UH at Manoa Student Affairs$464,006
Pacific American Foundation – Education Elementary & Secondary Education$461,196
Keiki O Ka Aina$431,466
University of Hawaii – Office of Student Affairs Seed$209,504
Waianae Community Re-Development Corporation$207,919

(Posted by Wendy Osher, Information provided by the office of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye)


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