FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LĪHU‘E, Kaua‘i - (December 28, 2017) – The Wai‘ale‘ale Project at Kaua'i Community College provides financial, academic and other supports to reduce barriers for students who otherwise were not bound for college.
The Wai‘ale‘ale Project is among more than a dozen programs on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau which are collaborating with Kamehameha Schools to strengthen the achievements of Native Hawaiian learners.
Kamehameha Schools has awarded more than $1.9 million in community investment grants to support collaboration partners on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau for the current fiscal year which began July 1. For the Wai‘ale‘ale Project, that means tuition assistance for the first year of college for 150 Native Hawaiians, increasing the potential for post-high school success.
Overall, Kamehameha Schools has awarded $24 million in grants statewide for this fiscal year.
The grants target four primary priorities statewide – $4.6 million for early learning, $12 million for kindergarten-to-grade-12 education, $4.25 million for college and career focus and $3 million for ‘āina and community engagement – with the goal of improving native Hawaiian learner outcomes in kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading scores, 8th grade math scores, on-time high school graduation rates and completion of post-secondary education.
“These grants support areas such as Hawaiian cultural-based immersion and charter schools, early education programs, ‘āina-based learning opportunities, vocational training and undergraduate and graduate internships,” said Lauren Nahme, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. “As part of our Strategic Plan for 2020 and Vision 2040, we join with these community collaborators in working toward building a thriving lāhui.”
Statewide, several organizations received grants for multiple projects:
For time first time, Kamehameha Schools is providing multi-year funding to core collaboration efforts with charter schools, organizations stewarding KS ‘āina, and other critical partners.
In addition to the $24 million, Kamehameha Schools is honoring another $3 million in continued commitments to projects such as:
Investments in programs and projects on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau totaled more than $1.9 million with awards going to organizations such as:
“From ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i to ‘āina-based education, these investments strengthen knowledge through the uniqueness of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, enabling Native Hawaiian identity and educational progress to flourish,” Regional Director Buffy Ofisa said.
For a list of other community resources for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, visit www.ksbe.edu/kauai_niihau/.