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Maui’s Liko A‘e Native Hawaiian Program Awarded $187K Grant

July 25, 2014, 1:43 PM HST
* Updated July 25, 2:21 PM
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Liko Aʻe's 10th anniversary celebration held on the UHMC campus last Fall.

Liko Aʻe’s 10th anniversary celebration held on the UHMC campus last Fall.

By Maui Now Staff

The Liko A‘e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is the recipient of a $187,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

University officials say the funds will be used to support the program’s mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain a college degree throughout the US and Hawaiʻi.

Since 2003, Liko A‘e has disbursed more than 3,000 scholarship awards to native Hawaiian students pursuing a diverse range of degree programs.

“I’m filled with pride to see that a program based at UH Maui College will continue to receive support in the form of this funding from OHA,” said Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey, Maui Trustee-Office of Hawaiian Affairs in a University press release.

Liko Aʻe's 10th anniversary celebration held on the UHMC campus last Fall.

Liko Aʻe’s 10th anniversary celebration held on the UHMC campus last Fall.

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“It is part of OHA’s responsibility to encourage among our beneficiaries the aspiration to become as educated as possible, whatever their chosen discipline. Through this program, students not only receive financial assistance, but also academic support, cultural experience and growth, and leadership opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom. Making sure our people push themselves to their fullest potential and get the highest education possible is the best thing we can do for the lāhui,” said Lindsey.

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Liko A‘e’s Interim Project Director Kahealani Naeole also commented, thanking Trustee Linsey for her support of the program.

“With this funding we will be able to offer about 90-100 scholarships as well as wrap-around services to non-traditional native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain higher education,” said Naeole.

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