Office of Hawaiian Affairs funds Leadership Program

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Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has awarded Nā Pua No‘eau, a Hawaiian culture-based education center headquartered at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, $275,000 for the fiscal year 2007-08 to conduct a Hawaiian Youth Leadership Program called ‘Aha ‘Ōpio Alaka‘i. The program provides high school students of Hawaiian ancestry a three-year education program designed to teach them to take leadership roles to positively affect conditions for native Hawaiians and Hawai`i.

“ `Aha ‘Ōpio Alaka‘i channels the bright energy of Hawaiian ‘ōpio to mālama our ‘āina, kai and ‘ohana,” said Program Coordinator Amanda Masuyama. “We envision Hawaiian alaka‘i holding tight to their values and prioritizing their cultural heritage in every decision they make. ‘Aha ‘Ōpio Alaka‘i takes important community issues to the ‘ōpio and creates opportunities for them to start thinking about solutions.”

For more information about the program, please call Masuyama at the Nā Pua No‘eau office at (808) 974-7678.

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