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Kamehameha Schools Invests $1.7 M in Maui Programs

Ma Ka Hāna Ka ‘Ike is among several programs on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i which are collaborating with Kamehameha Schools to construct the right environment for Native Hawaiian learners to flourish.

Kamehameha Schools has awarded more than $1.7 million in community investment grants to support collaboration partners on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i for the current fiscal year which began July 1.

Ma Ka Hāna Ka ‘Ike’s Sustainable Building Program is among several programs on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i which are collaborating with Kamehameha Schools to construct the right environment for Native Hawaiian learners to flourish.

Self-sustenance, community relationship and cultural connection are some of the principles Ma Ka Hāna Ka ‘Ike aims to pass onto the next generation by creating caretakers of the future and leaders of Maui.

For Ma Ka Hāna Ka ‘Ike’s Sustainable Building Program, Mahele Farm Program and Ku‘i ‘Ai Program, that means the ability to work with hundreds of community members from keiki to kūpuna in providing essential vocational skills, ‘āina-based education, pono stewardship, culture-based and opportunities and community empowerment.

Overall, Kamehameha Schools has awarded $24 million in grants statewide for this fiscal year.

The grants target four primary priorities statewide – $4.6 million for early learning, $12 million for kindergarten-to-grade-12 education, $4.25 million for college and career focus and $3 million for ‘āina and community engagement – with the goal of improving native Hawaiian learner outcomes in kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading scores, 8th grade math scores, on-time high school graduation rates and completion of post-secondary education.

“These grants support areas such as Hawaiian cultural-based immersion and charter schools, early education programs, ‘āina-based learning opportunities, vocational training and undergraduate and graduate internships,” said Lauren Nahme, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. “As part of our Strategic Plan for 2020 and Vision 2040, we join with these community collaborators in working toward building a thriving lāhui.”

Statewide, several organizations received grants for multiple projects:

For time first time, Kamehameha Schools is providing multi-year funding to core collaboration efforts with charter schools, organizations stewarding KS ‘āina, and other critical partners.

In addition to the $24 million, Kamehameha Schools is honoring another $3 million in continued commitments to projects such as:

“With this financial investment, we envision a brighter future for Native Hawaiians – a future that includes improved academic readiness, post-secondary success, increased career opportunities, a deeper connection to place, a focus on family engagement and a greater knowledge of Hawaiian values, practices and principles,” Nahme said.

Investments in programs and projects on Maui, Moloka ‘i and Lāna‘i totaled more than $1.7 million with some of the larger awards going to organizations such as:

“Through these community investments, educational opportunities for Native Hawaiian learners on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i will be built upon a foundation of traditional values and strengthened through Hawaiian cultural-based education and ‘āina-based learning,” said Maui, Moloka‘i & Lāna‘i Regional Director Venus Rosete-Medeiros. “We see a bright future across the pae‘āina.”

For a list of other community resources on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i, visit www.ksbe.edu/maui_molokai_lanai/ [1].