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First Nations’ Futures Program applications available April 1

: Papa Mālamalama, First Nations’ Futures Program current 2014-2015 fellowship cohort.

Applications for the 2015-2016 First Nations’ Futures Program (FNFP) Hawai‘i fellowship will be available April 1 through May 30. This year marks the program’s 10th cohort.

FNFP was initiated in 2006 by Kamehameha Schools, working in partnership with another First Nations Institution in Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Aotearoa – New Zealand) to establish a world-class fellowship program focused on building indigenous capacity through developing values based leadership and more integrated solutions for managing natural and cultural resources.

Today, the international alliance includes partners Sealaska/First Alaskans Institute, Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Hawaiian Studies.

The program partners share a common purpose:  to improve the well-being of their communities and steward their assets, including natural and cultural resources, in perpetuity.  The vision is to develop well-balanced leaders who serve their communities through impactful work in community, public or professional roles.

FNFP runs an entire year and offers an academic program and a series of problem based learning experiences in Hawai‘i. Highlights include:

  • A two-week First Nations’ Futures Institute at Stanford University (a Stanford certificate course) which equips fellows with an innovative and expansive set of tools from academia
  • A Hawai‘i leadership institute, ‘Aha Nauā Lelepā, which compliments the Stanford program and provides fellows with the experience of indigenous leaders in Hawai‘i today
  • A Hawai‘i placed-based project where learning throughout the year can be applied and which culminates in a presentation to program directors, collaborators and KS leadership

For more information on the program, visit, call (808) 541-5346 or email

How to Apply

Applications can be downloaded from April 1 through May 30 at or call 808-842-8800 to request a mailed application. Applications are also available and can be turned in to KS Resource Centers on each island. Visit to find the nearest location.

Kamehameha Schools’ policy on admissions is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like to be considered under that policy, your Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha’s Ho‘oulu Hawaiian Data Center (Data Center).