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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Hawaiian-focused charter schools

Over the past fiscal year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs approved more than $4 million in grant funding to support the education of Native Hawaiian keiki from kindergarten through college.

Since 2006, OHA has provided $21.6 million to assist 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools located throughout the state. These schools provide innovative culture-based education to more than 4,700 students, more than three quarters of whom are Native Hawaiian.

  • In October 2019, OHA’s Board of Trustees approved $3 million in grant funding over the next two fiscal years to support 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools.
  • Trustees awarded Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana (KALO) a grant to administer the lion’s share of the $3 million to 16 Hawaiian-focused charter schools.
  • In addition, OHA’s Grants Program will directly administer $249,411 to Kanu o ka ‘Āina Charter School, because of the school’s close affiliation with KALO.
  • In December 2019, trustees selected the UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program to administer a $1.1 million OHA grant to provide higher education scholarships for Native Hawaiian students.

Hawaiian-focused charter schools receiving OHA grants

O’AHU

  • Hakipu‘u Learning Center | Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu
  • Hālau Kū Māna | Makiki, O‘ahu
  • Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao | Wai‘anae, O‘ahu
  • Kamaile Academy | Wai‘anae, O‘ahu
  • Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M Kamakau | Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu
  • Mālama Hōnua | Waimānalo, O‘ahu

HAWAI’I ISLAND

  • Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo | Hilo, Hawai‘i
  • Kanu o ka ‘Āina | Waimea, Hawai‘i
  • Ke Ana La‘ahana | Hilo, Hawai‘i
  • Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalaniopu‘u | Kea‘au, Hawai‘i
  • Kua o Ka Lā | Pāhoa, Hawai‘i
  • Waimea Middle School | Waimea, Hawai‘i

KAUAI

  • Kawaikini | Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i
  • Kanuikapono | Anahola, Kaua‘i
  • Ke Kula Ni‘ihau o Kekaha | Kekaha, Kaua‘i
  • Kula Aupuni Ni‘ihau A Kahelelani Aloha | Kekaha, Kaua‘i

MOLOKA’I

  • Kualapu‘u Elementary | Kualapu‘u, Moloka‘i

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