Schatz Secures $27 Million In New Federal Funding For Native Hawaiian Education

In August, Schatz Urged U.S. Department of Education Not To Delay Release Of Grant Funding, Citing Challenges Caused By COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive $26,992,923 in new federal funding to support grants under the Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP). This federal funding, secured by Senator Schatz through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee, was awarded to 23 Native Hawaiian educational programs across the state. 

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

The release of these funds comes as schools are preparing to start the 2020-2021 school year. In August, Senator Schatz sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education urging them not to delay the release of this grant funding until late September, as previously announced. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Native Hawaiian education programs have been invaluable for families, and further disruption to these programs would leave many hard pressed to find an alternative option for their children.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Schatz has worked to preserve and expand grant funding for NHEP. While President Donald Trump has sought to zero out funding for these grants, Senator Schatz has fought to protect more than $100 million over the last three fiscal years. In addition, he has garnered bipartisan support to increase annual funding for NHEP each year by $3 million.

These multi-year competitive grants will be used for early childhood education, family engagement, Hawaiian language education, creation of STEM pathways, curriculum and professional development, and more.

The programs receiving funding include: 

No.

Recipient

Counties Served

Project/Program

Award

1

Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc

Maui, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Family Learning Centers

Oahu,

$1,999,809.00

2

Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana

Hawai‘i

Kaukoe a Po‘ohala Teacher Education

$741,274.00

3

University of Hawai‘i

in partnership with N‘ Pua No‘eau Center for Gifted & Talented Native Hawaiian Children

Honolulu

Oi Ka Na‘auao

STEM Pathways for

Success

$644,198.00

4

University of Hawai‘i

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Manawa K‘pono

Undergraduate and graduate school access and success

$602,500.00

5

Purple Maia Foundation

Honolulu

Hiapo Program

Tech Career Training

$829,807.00

6

University of Hawai‘i

In collaboration with the UH Community College System

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

K‘lia Support Project

STEM Preparation, Coaching, Mentoring

$699,997.00

7

Aha Punana Leo, Inc.

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

‘liko A Lau Ka ‘Ike

Kindergarten Readiness

$830,899.00

8

Friends of the Future

Hawai‘i

Opportunities for Hawaiian Improvement and Achievement

Hawai‘i Island

$889,383.00

9

Consortium for Hawai‘i Ecological Engineering Education

Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Mahope o Ke Kula Ke A‘o Mau Ana program

Address Academic Gaps

$414,383.00

10

University of Hawai‘i

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Various Native Hawaiian Programs

$847,619.00

11

Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE)

Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Keiki Steps: Generational Impacts

$2,033,707.00

12

University of Hawai‘i in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Education

N/A

Ka Pilina No‘eau II

STEM Workforce Development

$795,697.00

13

Hui Malama O Ke Kai Foundation

Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Waim‘nalo Community

Youth Development

$671,237.00

14

Partners in Development Foundation

Honolulu

Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program

$3,576,059.00

15

Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc

Honolulu

Waiawa Kai Project: An Agriculture and STEM Integration for Healthy Hawaiian Families

$776,027.00

16

Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki

Hawai‘i

Kolo Ke A‘a

Native Hawaiian Language Education and Teacher Development

$800,193.00

17

 University of Hawai‘i

Maui, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Project H‘k‘lani

STEM Workforce Development

$794,044.00

18

Mana Maoli

Kauai, Honolulu

Mana Leo Project

Culture-based and Hawaiian Language Education

$909,127.00

19

Kulaniakea

Honolulu

‘Iwikuamo‘o: Culture-based and Hawaiian Language Education

$563,647.00

20

Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elik‘lani College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Laupa‘I Ka ‘Ike Kuamo‘O

Hawaiian Language Multimedia Development

$950,000.00

21

Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Inc

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

Revitalized Instruction in STEM Education (RISE)

$773,485.00

22

Partners in Development Foundation

Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i, Honolulu

T‘t‘ and Me: H‘nai a Ulu

Early Childhood Education

$4,924,316.00

23

University of Hawai‘i in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Education

Hawai‘i

‘Aha Lamak‘ ‘Oia‘i‘o (ALO)

Culturally Responsible Leadership Development, Mentoring, and Transition Support

$925,515.00


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