$10M in Federal Funds Dedicated to Native Hawaiian Education, Development

October 7, 2019, 12:15 PM HST · Updated October 8, 11:47 AM
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Nearly $10 million dollars from the federal government will support programs that promote Native Hawaiian education and enrichment.

Sen. Brian Schatz announced today that the US Department of Education will award about $7 million to Native Hawaiian education programs, while the Department of Health and Human Services will provide $3 million for Native Hawaiian community development and childcare efforts.

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“This new federal funding means local schools and programs have more resources to support their work and the Native Hawaiian community,” Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a press release.

Here is a breakdown of grants offered to Native Hawaiian education programs:

  • The University of Hawaiʻi will receive $5.6 million.
  • Chaminade University will receive $836,000.
  • Honolulu Community College will receive $450,000.

Funding from the DHHS will benefit these programs:

  • The Pacific Gateway Center will receive $400,000 to support programs that address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through sustainable business development and employment opportunities.
  • Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Preschool will receive $1 million for its childcare services.
  • Partners in Development Foundation will receive $400,000 to fund its family education programs.
  • Sustainable Molokaʻi will receive $335,612 to support its education and advocacy work.
  • Sustain Hawaiʻi will receive $377,989 to help fund its community education, innovative practice, and advocacy work.
  • Kaehu will receive $399,484 to support its youth mentoring program.

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