Office of Hawaiian Affairs provides funding to support Nā Pua No‘eau

Nā Pua No‘eau Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, based at UH Hilo, has supported thousands of students in their educational and career goals.

Poster in black, white and red, with red lehua blossom: Na Pua Noeau, 25, 1990-2015, University of Hawaii, Years of inspiring out gifted and talented Native Hawaiian children.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a public agency focused on improving the conditions of Native Hawaiians, is providing a total of $896,232 to Nā Pua No‘eau Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children. Nā Pua No‘eau was established at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 1990 to provide Native Hawaiian students in kindergarten through college with learning opportunities.

Students enrolled in Nā Pua No‘eau have direct access to UH facilities and faculty where they are guided and supported in their educational and career goals. Nā Pua No‘eau has staff and offices at university campuses on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, Lana‘i, Molokai, and Hawaiʻi Island.

In 2015, Nā Pua No‘eau celebrates its 25th anniversary. Throughout the years, the center has supported thousands of students in their educational and career goals. In fall of 2013, graduates made up nine percent of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled at UH. In spring 2013, Nā Pua No‘eau made up 13 percent of the Native Hawaiian students who graduated from UH.

Along with the enrollment and graduation of Native Hawaiian students, Nā Pua No‘eau also is committed to creating opportunities and supporting Native Hawaiian students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (commonly called STEM) and health career pathways. In the fall of 2013, Nā Pua No‘eau students made up 11 percent of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in STEM fields and nine percent of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in health fields in the UH System.

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