OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

OHA Board approves $3 million in grant funding for Hawaiian-focused charter schools

HONOLULU (October 17, 2019) – The OHA Board of Trustees today approved $3 million in grant funding over the next two fiscal years to support 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools.

“We are proud to continue our longstanding commitment to the Hawaiian-focused charter school movement,” said OHA Chair Colette Y. Machado. “Despite facing funding shortages and other challenges that normal public schools do not have, these charter schools are still successfully raising our Lāhui’s next generation of leaders and preparing them to flourish both academically and culturally.”

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.

Trustees voted today to award Kanu o ka ʻĀina Learning ʻOhana (KALO) with a grant to administerthe lion’s share of the $3 million to 16 Hawaiian-focused charter schools. OHA’s Grants Department will directly administer $249,411 to the last Hawaiian-focused charter school, Kanu o ka ‘Āina Charter School, because of the school’s close affiliation with KALO. KALO was selected to administer the grant through a competitive solicitation process.

The 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools are:

  • Hakipuʻu Learning Center, Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu
  • Hālau Kū Māna, Makiki, Oʻahu
  • Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao, Waiʻanae, Oʻahu
  • Kamaile Academy, Waiʻanae, Oʻahu
  • Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M Kamakau, Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu
  • Mālama Hōnua, Waimānalo, Oʻahu
  • Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, Hilo, Hawaiʻi
  • Kanu o ka ʻĀina, Waimea, Hawaiʻi
  • Ke Ana Laʻahana, Hilo, Hawaiʻi
  • Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniopuʻu, Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi
  • Kua o Ka Lā, Pāhoa, Hawaiʻi
  • Waimea Middle School, Waimea, Hawaiʻi
  • Kawaikini, Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi
  • Kanuikapono, Anahola, Kauaʻi
  • Ke Kula Niʻihau o Kekaha, Kekaha, Kauaʻi
  • Kula Aupuni Niʻihau A Kahelelani Aloha, Kekaha, Kauaʻi
  • Kualapuʻu Elementary, Kualapuʻu, Molokaʻi


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