July 29, 2020

Hirono Announces Nearly $3.2 Million For Native Hawaiian Serving Educational Institutions

Funding will support projects to improve and expand programs for Native Hawaiian students

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced nearly $3.2 million in federal funding for Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions in Hawaii, including Chaminade University, the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo), UH Maui College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, and Windward Community College.

Provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHSI) program, the funding will support several different projects to improve and expand programs for Native Hawaiian students to promote college completion and success.

“At a time when colleges and students are preparing for a new school year during a pandemic, this funding provides schools with resources to support Native Hawaiian students as they pursue their degrees. I will fight for additional robust funding for this program so that Native Hawaiian students are connected and supported throughout their education,”Senator Hirono said. 

Senator Hirono has strongly and consistently supported the ANNHSI program, and earlier this year led a letter with 18 of her colleagues requesting strong funding for ANNHSIs and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in Fiscal Year 2021. Last year, the ANNHSI program received $18.3 million for Fiscal Year 2020.

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which included $1 billion for MSIs, including ANNHSIs, and $22.2 million for ANNHSIs in Hawaii. More recently, in May, Senator Hirono signed a letter with 18 colleagues requesting an additional $1 billion in emergency funding for these institutions. 

More information about the individual projects is included below:

Chaminade University ($450,000): Project activities will provide support for a new Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to address student demand for health-related professional degrees, the community’s need for more advanced practical nurses with DNP degrees, and the university’s mission.

UH Hilo ($447,767): Project activities will support the success of Native Hawaiian students through leadership development, campus and community engagement, and Native Hawaiian language, culture, and knowledge learning pathways, while specifically focusing on returning students, transfer students, and students enrolled in Hawaiian language and culture courses. 

UH Maui College ($500,000): Project activities will promote shifts in institutional infrastructure through extramural projects, research, and student-based programs through a cooperative arrangement between UH Maui College and Hawaii Community College. Specifically, activities will include solar panel installation and training, support for a Shared Service Center, and financial literacy training and workshops for students.

UH Maui College ($450,000): Project activities will support a new student intake process that includes a needs assessment to address barriers for students, culturally-based training for students on financial literacy, creative course scheduling, financing college and financial aid planning, career preparation activities, and work experience opportunities for students. 

Honolulu Community College ($450,000): Project activities will support coordinated workshops and field trips that connect students to experts in aina (land) and ola pono (personal health and wellbeing), create collaborative learning pathways for new students, provide mentors for student cohorts on campus, and promote peer mentorship.

Kapiolani Community College ($449,963): Project activities will strengthen engagement, reenrollment, academic achievement, and student support across multiple pedagogical strategies and increase Native Hawaiian students’ access to financial support.

Windward Community College ($449,470): Project activities will create a foundation for students centered on traditional Native Hawaiian career pathways and education, with a focus on work-based learning—including through a speaker series, curricular impact, and creation of an education pathway. Separately, activities will also develop systematic career education focused on financial literacy training and work-based learning opportunities, including through campus-based positions.