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Native Hawaiian health careers program wins $500K grant

By Associated Press


HILO  >> The Na Pua Noeau program at the University of Hawaii, Hilo has received a half-million dollar grant in support of its project to increase the number of Native Hawaiian students entering health fields.

The three-year U.S. Department of Education grant will help Na Pua Noeau provide pathways to health careers for students of Hawaiian ancestry from kindergarten through professional school.

The university said Thursday nearly 2,000 students and family members took part in the Ke Ola Mau project last year.

The project provides academic and cultural support and a stipend to eligible Hawaiian students at UH Hilo and UH Manoa majoring in a health career field.

Na Pua Noeau is a program for gifted and talented Native Hawaiian children. It's funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

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1local wrote:
racism should not be promoted.
on September 29,2013 | 08:53AM
allie wrote:
on September 29,2013 | 11:01AM
DiverDave wrote:
Racism is allowed in Hawaii as long as you have enough votes.
on September 29,2013 | 12:03PM
Mythman wrote:
The actual native Hawaiians get punished by the state when they get federal grants but the ancestry folks get federal grants? Something fishy here. Must be one of those Dan Inouye things?
on September 29,2013 | 09:35AM
steveoctober wrote:
Taxpayers should not have to fund this kind of outrage. How about this for an idea - have native Hawaiian physicians and other health care professionals fund the program through their own handouts instead. More example of taxpayer money being frivolously blown away.
on September 29,2013 | 10:40AM
DiverDave wrote:
Yes steve, not a week goes by that yet another raced based Polynesian-Hawaiian only program is announced! The total programs are now up to 803. Of course, there is no way that this "program" will be measured for actual results. Like all the other "programs" for Polynesian-Hawaiians there will be little oversight, and the money will go poof! When will other U of H students bring a lawsuit over this blatant discrimination?
on September 29,2013 | 01:53PM
hanalei395 wrote:
American Indian-Chicksaw DiverDave is a hypocrite. There are race-based programs for American Indian-Chickasaw. And other American Natives-American Indians
on September 29,2013 | 05:39PM
DiverDave wrote:
Firstly, Polynesian-Hawaiians are not nor have they ever been called Native American Indians, or designated as tribes. I have never taken part in any program, or accepted money from the tribe or any government related N.A.I. program. Stop trying to equate the experience of Native American Indians to the experience of Polynesians here in Hawaii. Apples and kalo.
on September 30,2013 | 05:31AM
allie wrote:
OHA is a racist program funded by all tax payers. Do away with race restrictions and help all low income students to go to medical school.
on September 29,2013 | 11:01AM
Mythman wrote:
KSBE used to get these same kinds of federal educational oriented grants but no longer does due to it being now viewed, rightly so legally speaking, as a racial category, which was confirmed in Rice v Cayetano, Yet. here is the same outfit that fronts for KSBE in state government, obviously fooling someone through the linguistic trickery it employs plus the clout it has in the congressional delegation. This bears some looking into to find out who this slipped through the constitutional cracks.
on September 29,2013 | 11:25AM
Warrior32 wrote:
Great News for the people of Hawaii. What a wonderful program for the people of these islands.
on September 29,2013 | 01:57PM
8082062424 wrote:
i agree . but as you can see the haters are out
on September 29,2013 | 02:41PM
allie wrote:
Not at all..race neutral programs that help ALL those who need help would help all Hawaiians who need help. Why shut out other races needing help?
on September 29,2013 | 04:04PM
8082062424 wrote:
Your just a hater. what makes it funny is you live off free money. maybe some of the funds that help native Americans should go to help other races too
on September 29,2013 | 07:42PM
hanalei395 wrote:
It's a win-win for Hawai'i.
on September 29,2013 | 04:31PM
8082062424 wrote:
• Bequest from Marguerite Hornbeck to the University of California’s Board of Regents for scholarships for “very poor, American, Caucasian scholars” in 1992. • Mr. and Mrs. Skip Bean Scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi. Restricted to dependents of a single parent with financial need. “Preference is to be given to a Caucasian, outof-state student with a minimum 2.5 GPA.” • Stefan Allan Zweig Memorial Scholarship at State University of New York, Binghamton. Restricted to male Caucasian students in urban planning and development or a related field. • Francis C. Arthur Scholarship at the University of South Carolina. Restricted to unmarried Caucasian freshmen who are residents of South Carolina. • Werner Scott Scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1945. Restricted to Caucasian students from Hawaii who are not of Polynesian blood. Others scholarships for Caucasian students were created for integration and race-relations purposes. • Oregon League of Minority Voters in 2010, for Caucasian students studying race relations.10 • Diversity Scholarship programs at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley State University, funded by the Mississippi state legislature in 1997, ordered by US District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. to award at least 65% of the scholarships from the trust fund to white students, not just nonblack students.11 These scholarships were designed to attract Caucasian students to the three historically-black institutions. • Diversity Scholarship programs at Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University, created by federal court order in 1995.12 These scholarships were designed to attract Caucasian students to the two historically-black institutions.
on September 29,2013 | 07:39PM
DiverDave wrote:
808: Your list is primarily of individual donors, not GOVERNMENT FUNDS derived from taxes. The remainder are to integrate certain other schools. Not even close to the same thing as this grant money offered based solely on race.
on September 30,2013 | 05:47AM
localguy wrote:
Look for UH bureaucrats to try and grab ever extra dollar from this program to try and make up for all their decades of willful financial misconduct. They will try to make up and add every fee possible to eat up the grant with administrative costs. Just more lost funds in the UH Money Pit, never ending. This is what UH does, take, take, take, and give back nothing.
on September 29,2013 | 09:20PM
DiverDave wrote:
Oh ya they offer something localguy, a dismal 30% graduation rate! LOL
on September 30,2013 | 05:48AM
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