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Native Hawaiian programs get $27M

The Maui News

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Wednesday that 23 Native Hawaiian educational programs across Hawaii will receive $27 million in federal funding, including some that serve Maui County.

The funding will go toward early childhood education, family engagement, Hawaiian language education, creation of STEM pathways, curriculum, professional development and more.

“This new federal funding will ensure that Native Hawaiian educational programs have the resources they need in time for the upcoming school year,” Schatz said in a news release. “As we work through the appropriations process, I will keep fighting for more resources for the Native Hawaiian community.”

Programs operating in Maui County that will receive funding are:

• Partners in Development Foundation; $4,924,316; for Tutu and Me: Hanai a Ulu, early childhood education.

• Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc.; $1,999,809; for Family Learning Centers Oahu.

• Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke’elikolani; $950,000; for Laupa’i Ka ‘Ike Kuamo’o, Hawaiian language multimedia development.

• University of Hawaii; $847,619; for various Native Hawaiian programs.

• Aha Punana Leo, Inc.; $830,899; for Oliko A Lau Ka ‘Ike, kindergarten readiness.

• University of Hawaii; $794,044; for Project Hokulani, STEM workforce development.

• Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc.; $773,485; for Revitalized Instruction in STEM Education (RISE).

• University of Hawaii in collaboration with the UH Community College System; $699,997; for the Kulia Support Project, STEM preparation, coaching, mentoring.

• University of Hawaii; $602,500; for the Manawa Kupono scholarship, undergraduate and graduate school access and success.

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