maui-oha grant

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently granted the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program an award of $187,000. Funds will be used to support the program’s mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain a college degree throughout Hawaiʻi and the U.S.

Since 2003, Liko Aʻe has disbursed over 3,000 scholarship awards to Native Hawaiian students in a diverse range of degree programs. Liko Aʻe also offers mentoring programs focused on community service projects and online community building.

“I’m filled with pride to see that a program based at UH Maui College will continue to receive support in the form of this funding from OHA,” said Carmen Hulu Lindsey, Maui trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. “It is part of OHA’s responsibility to encourage among our beneficiaries the aspiration to become as educated as possible, whatever their chosen discipline. Through this program, students not only receive financial assistance, but also academic support, cultural experience and growth and leadership opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom. Making sure people push themselves to their fullest potential and get the highest education possible is the best thing we can do for the lāhui.”

“We would like to mahalo Maui Trustee Hulu Lindsey for her unwavering support of our program,” said Kahealani Naeʻole, Liko Aʻe’s Interim project director. “With this funding we will be able to offer about 90–100 scholarships as well as wrap-around services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain higher education.”

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  1. Aloha,
    This is great news…congratulations. I know this will allow a many who want to continue their journey and goals of attaining a higher education.
    This is great news for the future of Hawaii and her citizens.
    Renee Creer

  2. Aloha mai kākou. I am at a crossroads in my life. God has blessed me with the opportunity to finally attend college. After raising my 7 natural born children and 2 hānai. Now I am a Tūtū to 15 moʻopuna. soon to be 17. However, the opportunities arenʻt there at all for me because I am of mostly Irish Ethnicity and not Hawaiian. Though I am a Kumu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, I need a palapala to keep up with the DOE set of rules. This I maopopo, howeva, PEHEA am I sapposed to get that kokua to hele mua? My Kane is native Kanaka maoli not me. There is help for people like him not me.I am handicapped from getting asbestos poisoning and being declared dead and through Godʻs literal intervention and miracle, I am alive now because of prayer and Godʻs grace. Howeva, There is NO scholarshio or grants that go out to someone who has come back from death to life. Nor is handicapped for that matter! I have no hope. I might as well throw the towel in and settle in to an early retirement with social security instead of my dream of being a Kumu ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi in E.C.E. and SPED. I am only able to do as much as I am helped along with. like everyone else, I need encouragement, and guidance.Thus far Iʻve been facing the future with goggles that are covered with tears and complacency.I am almost Jealous of the opportunities that are there for the Hawaiian or non-white students. Iʻm not trying to take what isnʻt sapposed to be mine,but what I feel should at least be offered to me being that I have been a resident of Hawaii all my life and went to school here and graduated here on Kauaʻi. I am really happy for these students and what they are learning. Only one day I hope there will be room for one white kanaka too. ʻO wau nō me ka haʻahaʻa loʻa, Uʻilanimakamaekapolipumehana Kūhaulua

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