OHA grant to promote educational pathway for Native Hawaiian students

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642
Dir, Media Rel, University Relations
Posted: Dec 16, 2011

Nā Pua No‘eau and the University of Hawai‘i have been awarded a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to increase Native Hawaiian participation in higher education. The two-year award totaling $2,462,280 will provide a pathway for Native Hawaiian students to the various University of Hawai‘i campuses.
Nā Pua No‘eau, a Native Hawaiian Education Center at the University of Hawai‘i, has offices and staff strategically located on six islands working closely with UH campus programs and the Hawaiian community. The program provides students an opportunity to access UH facilities and faculty.
Dr. David Sing, director of the program, says the Native Hawaiian Education Center plays a significant role in creating opportunities for Hawaiian students to see higher education as a means to serve their family and their community. The pathways created in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are showing significant results, especially at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo where there are currently 92 Nā Pua No‘eau students majoring in STEM fields.
“By the time I came to UH Hilo, I had taken classes on campus for years. I had already lived in the dormitory through Nā Pua No‘eau’s Summer Institute, and engaged in research in the field of study I was interested in,” said Nakoa Goo, who took part in Nā Pua No‘eau programs from grades 3 to 12. “Most importantly, through Nā Pua No‘eau, I had a picture of what I wanted to do and how I was going to accomplish that.”
Goo, a recent marine science graduate, is currently employed with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as Program Coordinator at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center.
For more information or to register for Nā Pua No‘eau, contact a representative on the respective campuses: