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$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.

“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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