The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is donating $30,000 to help the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center attend the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland this summer.
The Oahu school is one of 62 U.S. high schools selected to participate in the event.
OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Namuo said Thursday the agency is proud to support a program that inspires youth to achieve at a high level in the classroom and exceed the state’s education standards.
Ninety-five percent of the program’s students graduate, and 82 percent attend college.
Namuo says the Nanakuli community faces many socio-economic problems but it’s inspiring to hear students say the arts program has changed their lives and made them dream about going to college to make a better life for themselves.