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OHA provides funding to support Na Pua No`eau

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Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is providing a total of $896,232 to the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo Na Pua No`eau program, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children. Na Pua No`eau provides Native Hawaiian students Kindergarten through college with learning opportunities as a University of Hawai╩╗i Center. Students have direct access to UH facilities and faculty where they are guided and supported in their educational and career goals. Na Pua No`eau has staff and offices at the UniversityÔÇÖs campuses on O`ahu, Kaua`i, Maui, Lana`i, Moloka`i, and Hawai╩╗i Island.

In 2015, Na Pua NoÔÇśeau celebrates its 25th anniversary. Throughout the years, the Center has supported thousands of students in their educational and career goals. In Fall 2013, graduates made up 9% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled at UH. In Spring 2013, Na Pua No`eau made up 13% of the Native Hawaiian students who graduated from UH.

Along with the enrollment and graduation of Native Hawaiian students, Na Pua No`eau is also committed to creating opportunities and supporting Native Hawaiian students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health career pathways. In Fall 2013, Na Pua No`eau students made up 11% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in STEM fields and 9% of the Native Hawaiian students enrolled in health fields in the UH System.

For information or registration for Na Pua NoÔÇśeau, contact representatives on the respective campuses: UH Hilo: (808) 974-7678; UH Manoa: (808) 956-9410; Kaua`i Community College: (808) 241-8387; UH Maui College: (808) 984-3364; Moloka`i Education Center: (808) 553-9993; Lana`i High and Elementary School: (808) 565-9100; University Center West Hawai╩╗i: (808) 322-4867.


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