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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is awarding more than $11 million in 22 grants through the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNHSI) program. Grants are being awarded to different colleges and universities that support Native Hawaiian students in Hawai'i, and will allow these institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve those students.

“Colleges and universities have faced tremendous challenges throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This funding provides critical support to Native Hawaiian students in their ongoing educations. I will continue to support programs that help Native Hawaiian communities,” Senator Hirono said.

The grants will support the following projects:

· “Project Nau II” (Hawaii Community College): $550,000

· “Wailau Ola Pathway” (University of Hawaii West Oahu): $600,000

· “Hoolana” (University of Hawaii Hilo): $518,346

· “Kahokuala” (University of Hawaii Maui College): $550,000

· “Kukulu Ae Project” (Kauai Community College): $543,795

· “Project Nauane” (Hawaii Community College): $550,000

· “Puuhonua: Native Hawaiian Center” (University of Hawaii Maui College): $550,000

· “Kapaakea: Engaging Hawaiian Research & Multi-Disciplinary Collaborations at UH Manoa” (University of Hawaii Manoa): $543,646

· “Strengthening Academic Quality and Student Success through Institutional Effectiveness, Enhanced Online Program Delivery, Research Support, and an Ecology of Student Learning Spaces” (Chaminade University): $550,000

· “Aquaculture as a Platform to Increase Native Hawaiian Student Representation in STEM Majors” (Hawaii Pacific University): $334,606

· “Na Muo Hoopakela: Blossoming through Online Education” (Windward Community College): $1,099,470 (two grants)

· “Mai O A O: Meeting the Needs of Native Hawaiian Educators and Students through Remote Learning Professional Development” (University of Hawaii): $549,950

· “E Halakau ai ka Manu” (University of Hawaii Hilo): $546,179

· “Hokupaa – Charting the Pathway for Student Success (Hokupaa)” (University of Hawaii Maui College): $550,000

· “Upena Moananuiakea” (University of Hawaii West Oahu): $550,000

· “Creating an Ecology for Innovation: Transformative Funds Management Strategies through Shared Services Centers to Support Native Hawaiian Student Success” (Kapiolani Community College): $599,976

· “E hoakea i ke ike - Extend the Vision” (Leeward Community College): $550,000

· “Paieie” (University of Hawaii Hilo): $599,969

· "Kulia: Advancing Indigenous Scholars for Success” (Kapiolani Community College): $489,397

· “Hulihia Center for Sustainable Systems” (University of Hawaii Maui College): $550,000

· “He Loa Ke Aho: Systemic Practices Reenvisioned for Native Hawaiian Student Success" (Leeward Community College): $471,341