Hawaiians enter into agreement

Leaders of the Native Hawaiian Education Council, the entity that coordinates funding for Native Hawaiian education programs funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Act, announced that they have entered into a partnership with officials at Alu Like, Inc., and their award-winning, Hawaiian-language Web site, Ulukau.org, and will be funding a pilot project to have Hawaiian education curriculum, volunteered for that purpose, be made accessible over the Internet.

Colin Kippen, executive director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council, said, “This partnership will make these Hawaiian curricula available to students and teachers throughout the state, the Pacific, and the world, and is yet another way of preserving and expanding the reach of our Hawaiian ways of knowing, teaching, and learning.” Ulukau is one of the most popular indigenous language sites in the world, averaging over 15,000 user hits a day, an Alu Like official explained.

Since its creation last year, it has logged over 7 million user hits.

“It is the perfect Web site for Native Hawaiianbased curricula volunteered for that purpose to be displayed,” said Kippen.

“We are excited about entering into this demonstration project with NHEC,” said Doug Knight, the technology initiatives manager at Alu Like, Inc., “because it will enable us to build a platform upon which Native Hawaiian instructional and educational materials may be viewed on-line and used to teach many more people in the future.”

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