The Hawaii Congressional Delegation announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $8.6 million in federal grants to support Native Hawaiian education.
The grants, which include funding for every county in Hawaii, will support 11 education projects to improve academic achievement, strengthen early childhood literacy and readiness programs, assist homeless families, and foster mentorship and academic support programs.
The Boy and Girls of Kauai will receive $892,587, said a spokesman for the office of Sen. Mazie Hirono. A representative of the Boys and Girls of Kauai were not readily available for comment Tuesday.
“The grants announced today will help Native Hawaiian children to excel in school and gain the knowledge needed to succeed in today’s competitive environment,” said Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai. “It is critical that our keiki, especially those in underserved communities, be afforded every opportunity to grow and expand their educational opportunities. I would like to extend a warm mahalo to the U.S. Department of Education for recognizing the unique challenges that the Native Hawaiian community faces and for taking action to help address this situation.”