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$27 Million In New Federal Funding Secured for Native Hawaiian Education

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Hawai‘i will receive $26,992,923 in new federal funding to support grants under the Native Hawaiian Education Program.

This federal funding was secured by US Senator Brian Schatz through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding was awarded to 23 Native Hawaiian educational programs across the state.

“This new federal funding will ensure that Native Hawaiian educational programs have the resources they need in time for the upcoming school year,” said Senator Schatz. “As we work through the appropriations process, I will keep fighting for more resources for the Native Hawaiian community.”

The release of these funds comes as schools are preparing to start the 2020-2021 school year. In August, Senator Schatz sent a letter to the US Department of Education urging them not to delay the release of this grant funding until late September, as previously announced.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Schatz has worked to preserve and expand grant funding for NHEP.  He has garnered bipartisan support to increase annual funding for NHEP each year by $3 million.


These multi-year competitive grants will be used for early childhood education, family engagement, Hawaiian language education, creation of STEM pathways, curriculum and professional development, and more.

The programs receiving funding include:

No. Recipient Counties Served Project/Program Award
1 Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc Maui, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Family Learning Centers


2 Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana Hawai‘i Kaukoe a Po‘ohala Teacher Education $741,274.00
3 University of Hawai‘i

in partnership with Nā Pua Noʻeau Center for Gifted & Talented Native Hawaiian Children

Honolulu Oi Ka Naʻauao

STEM Pathways for



4 University of Hawai‘i Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Manawa Kūpono

Undergraduate and graduate school access and success

5 Purple Maia Foundation Honolulu Hiapo Program

Tech Career Training

6 University of Hawai‘i

In collaboration with the UH Community College System

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Kūlia Support Project

STEM Preparation, Coaching, Mentoring

7 Aha Punana Leo, Inc. Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Ōliko A Lau Ka ʻIke


Kindergarten Readiness

8 Friends of the Future Hawai‘i Opportunities for Hawaiian Improvement and Achievement

Hawai‘i Island

9 Consortium for Hawai‘i Ecological Engineering Education Hawai‘i, Honolulu Mahope o Ke Kula Ke Aʻo Mau Ana program

Address Academic Gaps

10 University of Hawai‘i Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Various Native Hawaiian Programs $847,619.00
11 Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Keiki Steps: Generational Impacts $2,033,707.00
12 University of Hawai‘i in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Education N/A Ka Pilina Noʻeau II

STEM Workforce Development

13 Hui Malama O Ke Kai Foundation Hawai‘i, Honolulu Waimānalo Community

Youth Development

14 Partners in Development Foundation Honolulu Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program $3,576,059.00
15 Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc Honolulu Waiawa Kai Project: An Agriculture and STEM Integration for Healthy Hawaiian Families $776,027.00
16 Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki Hawai‘i Kolo Ke Aʻa

Native Hawaiian Language Education and Teacher Development

17  University of Hawai‘i Maui, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Project Hōkūlani

STEM Workforce Development

18 Mana Maoli Kauai, Honolulu Mana Leo Project

Culture-based and Hawaiian Language Education

19 Kulaniakea Honolulu ʻIwikuamoʻo: Culture-based and Hawaiian Language Education $563,647.00
20 Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu LaupaʻI Ka ʻIke KuamoʻO

Hawaiian Language Multimedia Development

21 Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Revitalized Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) $773,485.00
22 Partners in Development Foundation Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu Tūtū and Me: Hānai a Ulu

Early Childhood Education

23 University of Hawai‘i in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Education Hawai‘i ‘Aha Lamakū ‘Oia‘i‘o (ALO)

Culturally Responsible Leadership Development, Mentoring, and Transition Support





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