The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $7.5 million to Native Hawaiian education programs in Hawaii, according to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz on Monday.
“Over the past few decades, the Native Hawaiian community has developed innovative ways to revitalize the Hawaiian language and integrate culture with education,” said Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This investment will give us more resources to help children reach their full potential in school and beyond.”
Schatz said he worked to protect and increase funding for the DOE’s Native Hawaiian Education Program by more than $3 million despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate it in fiscal year 2018.
Programs receiving funding include:
>> Maui Family Support Services will receive $783,973 to help prepare Native Hawaiian children for kindergarten and reduce the risk of child abuse.
>> Bishop Museum will receive $231,150 to create an internship program at the museum that provides Native Hawaiian students and teachers STEM-related activities and experiences.
>> Laiopua 2020 will receive $818,051 to improve academic performance for more than 1,250 students in West Hawaii.
>> Friends of the Future will receive $835,259 to improve education for over 1,400 Hawaii island students.
>> Hookakoo Corporation in Honolulu will receive $223,340 to improve the English and Hawaiian literacy of more than 600 students at the kindergarten to grade three levels.
>> The state Department of Education will receive $604,729 to improve Native Hawaiian education at the Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area.
>> The University of Hawaii will receive more than $1 million to create a Hawaiian immersion summer camp for more than 120 students. UH will also receive $682,271 to increase Native Hawaiian enrollment in postsecondary education and certification programs; $630,588 to fund literacy-focused education programs for pre-kindergarten through third grade and prepare more high school students for jobs in STEM; $700,000 to address the needs of more than 1,600 at-risk Native Hawaiian students; and $329,790 to foster and promote STEM engagement among sixth and seventh graders.