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HONOLULU — A recent grant to the University of Hawai‘i system will help support student programs for Native Hawaiians, according to a recent UH press release.
Na Pua No‘eau and UH have been awarded a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to increase Native Hawaiian participation in higher education. The two-year award totaling $2.46 million will provide a pathway for Native Hawaiian students to the various UH campuses statewide, including Kaua‘i Community College.
A Native Hawaiian Education Center at the UH, Na Pua No‘eau has offices and staff on six islands working closely with UH campus programs and the Hawaiian community.
The program provides students an opportunity to access UH facilities and faculty and plays a significant role in creating opportunities for Hawaiian students to seek higher education, according to the release.
The pathways created in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are showing significant results, especially at UH Hilo where there are currently 92 Na Pua No‘eau students majoring in STEM fields.
Na Pua No‘eau centers are located at KCC, UH Hilo, UH Manoa, UH Maui College, Moloka‘i Education Center, Lana‘i High and Elementary School, and the University of Hawai‘i Center, West Hawai‘i.
Na Pua No‘eau was established at UH Hilo in 1989 to increase educational opportunities for Hawaiian children. Outreach centers were later established on Maui, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and the Westside of Big Island.
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