Grant to go to Aha Punana Leo, B&G Club

LIHUE — Two Hawaii organizations dedicated to helping Native Hawaiian children will receive $1.6 million in federal grants from the U. S. Department of Education. 

The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii will receive $892,587, said a spokeswoman for Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Part of that money will go to locations in Kapaa, Lihue, and Waimea on Kauai.

Aha Punana Leo of Hawaii will receive $748,383 for the Punana Leo Development Project. Punana Leo of Kauai is one of 11 sites included in the state, the spokeswoman said.

The grant for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii is anticipated to last for a total of three years, said Boys and Girls Club of Kapaa’s Executive Director Jacy Youn.

“We are still in the initial planning stages of this grant, but looking forward to the exciting opportunities for club keiki throughout the state, including here on Kauai,” she said.

Aha Punana Leo Director of Human Resources Kehaulani Shintani said preschool staff will be receiving a portion of the money to improve the quality of the education.

She said Aha Punana Leo works with families to provide language classes that revitalize native Hawaiian language.

It was announced last week the DOE had awarded $8.6 million in federal grants to support Native Hawaiian education.

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