Native Hawaiian Policy Center Analyzes Data on Education Act


July 30, 2010

Native Hawaiian Policy Center Analyzes Data on Education Act

HONOLULU, HI – The Native Hawaiian Policy Center (NHPC), administered by the nonprofit the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) has begun analysis of hundreds of comments submitted through statewide listening sessions. Funded through a grant by the Native Hawaiian Education Council (NHEC), CNHA is coordinating fourteen puwalu in every county throughout the state to garner people’s recommendations on the reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA).

Enacted in 1988, NHEA along with the broader Elementary and Secondary Education Act is up for reauthorization by the U.S. Congress.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Hawaii, and for the Native Hawaiian community,” said Michelle Kauhane, CNHA Board Member and Chair of NHPC. “NHEA has been critical to bringing our Hawaiian language back from the brink of extinction 25 years ago, and has supported our language kumu and cultural practitioners in their work to ensure that it is never endangered again.”
The Federal program has provided support for pre-schools, teacher cohorts, curriculum development, and other education related programs in the state of Hawaii. The puwalu held to date have been attended by well over 300 participants, with high interest from community and cultural practitioners.

“Reauthorization by Congress is an opportunity to not only guarantee that these programs continue, but to make positive legislative changes that best meet the current priorities of our community,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. “The manao so far has been powerful.  Our community is definitely engaged and providing some fantastic insight.”

Three final puwalu are left on the schedule during the month of July and the CNHA policy team is working diligently to compile every suggestion submitted by attendees and participants commenting via the internet.

“Our goal is to provide all of this great data to the Native Hawaiian Education Council for their use, and to also analyze and produce the Policy Center’s top priorities on this subject,” Kauhane remarked. “It’s really inspiring; we truly thank NHEC for the foresight of being transparent and opening up this opportunity to the larger community to share their priorities.”

A puwalu report is scheduled for release in early August.  For more information contact Shannon Toriki, CNHA Policy Associate at or at (808)596-8155.

NHEC and its five island councils seek to coordinate, assess, and make recommendations for the improvement of educational services and programs for Native Hawaiians.  Its mission is to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of these programs, the present state of Native Hawaiian education efforts and how existing programs, policies, and procedures can be improved to ensure educational attainment for Native Hawaiians.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or visit our website at

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The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is conducting a statewide series of beneficiary consultation meetings

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is conducting a statewide series of beneficiary consultation meetings on proposed amendments to its Administrative Rules.  This is a continuation of meetings and discussions between DHHL and our beneficiary leaders that started
in 2005 and has been ongoing since then.   In general, these Administrative Rules describe the department’s organization and procedures, and implements laws and policies.

The current set of proposed changes relate only to rules in these sections:

Chapter 10-1 General Provisions
Chapter 10-2 Organization and Management
Chapter 10-5.1 Rules of Practice and Procedure
Chapter 10-7 Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program (NEW)

(Amendments to other sections of the Administrative Rules will be covered in future consultation meetings)

These meetings are designed to inform our beneficiaries of these proposed changes and to explain the public hearing process. The formal
public hearing is scheduled for the first week of September. The proposed amendments and details about the location of the hearings
and how you can submit comments are posted on our website ( We encourage you to attend the meeting nearest to you. Please call (808) 620-9486 with any questions.

Upcoming meeting dates and locations:

August 10 – Kona, Hawaii
Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
74-5000 Puohulihuli Street
6:00-8:00 p.m.
August 11 – Hilo, Hawaii
DHHL East Hawaii
District Office
160 Baker Avenue
6:00-8:00 p.m.
August 12 – Wailuku, Maui
Queen Liliuokalani
Children’s Center Annex
1790 Wili Pa Loop
6:00-8:00 p.m.
August 18 – Lihue, Kauai
Chiefess Kamakahelei
Middle School Cafeteria
4431 Nuhou Street
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Mai ko kākou mana‘o, e hālupa no kākou
From our ideas, we flourish

Beneficiary Consultation
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
P. O. Box 1879
Honolulu, HI 96805

Hawaiian Community Assets Secures Funds to Expand Youth Financial Education on Big Island

July 23, 2010

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Hawaiian Community Assets Secures Funds to Expand Youth Financial Education on Big Island; Enhances Statewide Family Financial Education Initiative

HILO, HI – Local nonprofit, Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA), has secured funds from Hawaii County Department of Research and Development to expand its youth financial education program on Big Island.  The funds will allow HCA to conduct 2 train-the-trainer sessions on island for service providers, teachers, and individuals interested in starting youth financial education programs using Kahua Waiwai, Opio Edition©, purchase curriculum for distribution to trained trainers, and serve 150 Big island youth with free financial education in their own communities over the next year.

“Informed management of financial resources is essential to asset building.  Assets provide stability in time of difficulties for many island families and help expand economic opportunities for island youth,” says Alex Frost, Hawaii County Economic Development Specialist. “We are excited to partner with HCA to provide more access to culturally relevant financial education on Hawaii Island.

With additional Hawaii County funds, HCA will launch a pilot matched savings program in which youth participants will be equipped with age-appropriate financial education training, establish a long-term savings goal, and apply a cost-benefit analysis that measures short- and long-term impacts of the savings goal purchase on family, community, and the natural environment.

“Establishment of our youth match savings program shows how Big Island has become an incubator for innovation in community-based financial education and asset building,” says HCA Program Coordinator, Jeff Gilbreath.  “We mahalo Hawaii County for their foresight and leadership on this front and we encourage others to join us as participants, teachers, and funders so we can offer hands-on financial education opportunities to youth across the state.”

The secured Hawaii County grant funds further enhances HCA’s broader Statewide Family Financial Education Initiative, which since its launching in April 2010 has garnered of over $21,000 toward the cost of delivering free financial education to families statewide over the next year.  Partnerships with Newman Consulting Services, LLC and About Face Family Programs have also recently been established as part of the initiative in order to promote job training and placement for both youth and adults.

Individuals and organizations interested in attending the August 9th – 10th (Hilo) and 16th – 17th (Kona) 2-day trainer-the-trainer sessions should contact HCA at (toll-free) 1.866.400.1116 to receive a registration form.  Cost of attendance is $35 and space is limited.

For more information about HCA’s youth financial education program or Statewide Family Financial Education Initiative, contact Mr. Gilbreath at (toll-free) 1.866.400.1116 or via email at


Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency.  HCA’s philosophy supports homeownership, financial education, and asset building programs to achieve its mission.

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Train the Trainer – Financial Literacry Workshop in Hilo and Kona!


Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) will be holding training for service providers, teachers, community leaders, and individuals on Big Island on how to start a youth financial education program using Kahua Waiwai: Building a Foundation of Wealth©, a financial education curriculum developed for and by Hawaii youth.  Since March 2009 HCA has trained over 70 trainers on how to teach money management skills using Kahua Waiwai and has built a statewide coalition of 40 community-based, financial, and educational organizations serving various populations. Collectively, HCA and its collaborative partners have brought free financial education training to over 500 Hawaii youth of all ages.

The following trainings are made possible through a grant from Hawaii County Research and Development Department as part of a project to serve 150 Big Island youth with age- and culturally-appropriate financial education in their own communities over the next year.  We also want to mahalo Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union for sponsoring our Kona training.

Hilo Training

Monday & Tuesday, August 9th & 10th


Kinoole Plaza

1990 Kinoole St, Hilo

Kona Training

Monday & Tuesday, August 16th & 17th


Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

73-5611 Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona

Sponsored by

Please see the attached flyers for more information.  Feel free to call if you have any questions.  We look forward to working with you.

Mahalo nui, Jeff

Jeff Gilbreath

Program Coordinator

Hawaiian Community Assets

1050 Queen Street, Suite 201

Honolulu, HI 96814

(P) 808-587-7653

(TTY) 1-877-477-5990

(F) 808-628-6879

Hawaiian Community Assets builds the capacity of low and moderate income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.  Our philosophy supports homeownership, financial education, and asset building programs to achieve our mission.

OHA Lead Sponsor of 9th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention


July 29, 2010

HONOLULU, HI – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is the lead sponsor and partner of the 9th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention coordinated by the nonprofit, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). The annual convention is scheduled to take place at the Hawai’i Convention Center on October 12-14, 2010.

“It’s exciting to be working on the ninth convention! Anyone interested in Native Hawaiian issues is welcome,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. “OHA’s generous sponsorship makes the convention possible and we are grateful for the support.”

This year’s theme is Building On Greatness – Sovereignty In Action!  Kukulu Aupuni, Kukulu Ea! The Convention will feature a Federal Contracting Business Summit, an all-day Grants Forum, a Governor’s Candidate Luncheon, and a special Pacific Islander Policy Forum in partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

“OHA is our public trust agency, dedicated entirely to the betterment of our community,” said Lilia Kapuniai, CNHA Community Services Manager. “There is so much to share, and with OHA as a partner, the convention will be accessible to so many more great community leaders that are working every day to create strong and healthy communities.”

For more information on the 9th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention, to register or apply for a scholarship to attend the convention, please contact CNHA at 808.596.8155, toll-free 888.709.2642 or e-mail

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or visit our website at

A step forward for all Hawaiians

A step forward for all Hawaiians

Jul 28, 2010

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has survived a serious challenge to its mission by native Hawaiians with 50 percent or more Hawaiian blood. A federal appeals court ruled this week that OHA is not constrained by the Admission Act from spending money for the benefit of all Hawaiians, regardless of blood quantum. OHA can be confident that its worthy activities can proceed undeterred.

This latest ruling is a welcome development in the long, tangled legal history of OHA and its detractors. Five years ago, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that non-Hawaiians could not contest on racial grounds OHA’s revenue from crown or public lands ceded to the state in accordance with the Admission Act. However, two years later, a different 9th Circuit panel ruled that Hawaiians with 50 percent or more Hawaiian blood could challenge how OHA is spending the money.

Some of them did. And on Monday, yet another 9th Circuit panel ruled that OHA is not required to limit its primary beneficiaries to native Hawaiians of 50 percent or more Hawaiian blood. The decision upholds a ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway, and affirms that the state enjoys broad discretion in administering the provisions of the Admission Act.

The Act, which made Hawaii a state in 1959, set aside 1.8 million acres of land to be held by the state as a “public trust” in support of “one or more” of five areas of concern: public schools, development of farm and home ownership, public improvements, the provision of land for public use and “for the betterment of the conditions of native Hawaiians,” as defined in the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. State lawmakers took that to mean that 20 percent of the state revenue from those lands should go to OHA.

And while the HHCA defined native Hawaiians as those with at least 50 percent Hawaiian blood, the judicial panel noted that the state law allows OHA to work for the benefit all Hawaiians.

“So long as trust funds are used for ‘one or more’ of the numerated purposes…Congress intended to leave the manner in which the trust is managed in Hawaii’s sovereign control,” Judge Raymond C. Fisher wrote in the panel’s ruling.

OHA receives more than $15 million from the state in annual ceded lands payments. To reserve that money for the handful of 50-percent-plus native Hawaiians, at the expense of all other Hawaiians, would be spectacularly unwise.

The 50-percent-plus native Hawaiians who contested the way OHA spends its revenue, including lobbying Congress in favor of Hawaiian sovereignty, may try taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But clearly OHA’s activities comply with state law, which aims to help the Hawaiians who have a legitimate stake in sovereignty—which would be all of them.

Lawsuit seeks to raise age for public special education

Hawaii’s cutoff age, 20, is lower than that of most other states, disability advocates say

By Mary Vorsino

The Hawaii Disability Rights Center filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday seeking to extend special-education services in public schools for students until they turn 22.

The cutoff is now 20.

“The concern is that disabled students in Hawaii are being deprived of an education after age 20,” said John Dellera, executive director of the center. “Throughout most of the country, disabled students have the right to an education … until they’re 21 or 22.”

The state Department of Education declined comment because officials had not yet reviewed the lawsuit.

Dellera said the class action is about providing equitable educational opportunities to special-education students.

General-education students who do not complete high school programs can enroll in adult education, he said, but that option is not open to special-education students seeking vocational or independent-living training.

He also pointed out that only Hawaii and Maine set the cutoff for special education at 20 years old.

Most other states set it at 21 or 22 years old.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks to stop the state from enforcing a law passed in the last legislative session that formally puts the age limit for students in public school at 20.

The law was passed following a federal court ruling in 2009, on a suit filed by the center, which said special-education students were being moved out of schools at 20 — the state’s age limit for public schools set in the 1960s — but that general- education students were being given special permission by principals to stay longer (as allowed under the old law).

“The court ordered Hawaii to treat everybody equally,” Dellera said.

The federal government says states should provide a free education to disabled students until they turn 22, unless the state lowers the maximum age for all students.

Four students joined the center in the class-action suit.

Dellera estimates that hundreds of special-education students each year could gain from the extra years of education.

Scholars to Discuss "Role of Hawaiian Men"

For Immediate Release

July 22, 2010

Scholars to Discuss “Role of Hawaiian Men”

Honolulu, HI – In the second of a series of special programs honoring Ku, Bishop Museum presents a panel discussion, Ku Rising: The Roles and Responsibilities of Hawaiian Men Today. This discussion will feature three cultural practitioners and scholars: Tom Kaulukukui, Keawe Kaholokula, and Ty Kawika Tengan.

The event takes place on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum’s Atrium. Following the lecture, guests will view the exhibition, E Ku Ana Ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Ku Images. The historic exhibition brings together the last of the great Ku images in the world. It’s on display in Hawaiian Hall now till October 4, 2010.

The exhibit is supported in part with funds from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, and Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Project.

“The return of the two Ku images that departed Hawaii over 150 years ago leads us to reconsider the place of Hawaiian men in society today,” said Tengan. “Kanaka men are active, awake and energetic.”

What:  Ku Rising: The Roles and Responsibilities of Hawaiian Men Today

A panel discussion with Tom Kaulukukui, Keawe Kaholokula, Ty Kawika Tengan

When:  Tuesday, August 10, 2010 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Bishop Museum, Atrium

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information please call 848-4190.

This lecture is part of a monthly lecture series, sponsored by the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities, and the Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations project, which is supported by the US Department of Education.

Hokule'a journey honors navigator

The voyage in memory of Mau Piailug is also training for a trip next year around the world

July 25, 2010

By Rob Shikina and Travis Kaya

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Hokule’a came to life yesterday as crew members lashed ropes, stowed food away and raised the sail before setting off on a voyage around the state in honor of the late master navigator Mau Piailug.

Under a noon sun, the crew of 18 departed from Sand Island, launching the first interisland voyage by Hokule’a since Piailug died July 12. It is a training run for an eight-year, worldwide voyage beginning next year.

Crew members said the training voyage is a way to honor Piailug, who taught Micronesian seafaring to outsiders in the hopes of perpetuating the knowledge. Piailug in 1976 navigated Hokule’a on its maiden voyage 3,000 miles to Tahiti without modern navigation instruments.

For Dennis Chun, the Kauai navigator who will serve as captain on the Hokule’a’s first leg to Nawiliwili Harbor, the trip is a reminder of the effect Piailug has had on generations of Hawaiian sailors.

“We’re trying to perpetuate what Mau has taught us over the years,” Chun said. “I look at these (younger) guys and I realize that’s how I was when I started sailing.”

Chun teaches Hawaiian studies and voyaging at Kauai Community College, and said half of the young sailors on his current crew are his former students. In addition to helping native Hawaiian students reconnect with their culture, he said sailing on the Hokule’a also provides students hands-on lessons in math, science and geography.

To honor Piailug’s legacy of sharing navigation skills internationally, Chun said his crew includes four sailors from Japan, which the Hokule’a visited in 2007.

Also on the crew is John Kruse, who helped build Hokule’a and sailed with Piailug to Tahiti on the first voyage.

He said only five people from Hawaii have been honored as master navigators on Piailug’s home island of Satawal, in the western Pacific, in about 35 years.

The vessel is expected to reach Kauai about 9 a.m. today and do day trips off Kauai for the next week before sailing to Molokai, the Big Island and Maui.

Excited by his first voyage in about a year, Warren Kawai was also absorbing the lessons of Piailug, now as an apprentice navigator.

“Papa Mau believed we’re one people and the oceans connect all the people together,” Kawai said. “What Papa Mau taught us, the canoe is like our mother, and it connects all the people of the world.”

The crew members on this leg are part of the canoe-building organization Na Kalai Wa’a O Kauai, which has been building a larger voyaging canoe, Namahoe, for 10 years.

Kruse, who helped build the Hokule’a, said the group hopes to finish Namahoe next year in memory of Piailug.

“I was honored to sail with Mau because he gave me a glimpse into what my ancestors did,” Kruse said. “He was magic, Mau.”

OHA awards $50,000 grant to Nursing Pathway Program at WCC

For Immediate Release

Posted: Jul. 26, 2010

OHA awards $50,000 grant to Nursing Pathway Program at WCC

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to Windward Community College’s Employment Training Center (ETC) Health Programs for students enrolled in the 2010-2011 program year.

The grant will support the enrollment of qualifying students into the Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) course at Windward Community College, which is the first step in the CNA to LPN to RN Nursing Pathway Program. Upon completion of the eight-week course, students receive support to take the American Red Cross (ARC) certification exam in preparation for securing employment as a CNA. These students will then have the opportunity to pursue higher education by continuing in the Pathway Program that is based on Native Hawaiian traditions. Students may then apply to LPN training and ultimately, have the opportunity to earn an associate of science degree as an RN.

“This generous grant award affords us the privilege of recruiting students into our program who really need the tuition support,” said Dr. Jamie Kamailani Boyd, coordinator of Health Programs at WCC.

Tuition, uniforms, books and the American Red Cross CNA exam fee will be provided to qualifying students accepted into the Certified Nurses’ Aide course as a result of the grant. Case management support and job search training services will also be provided.

The CNA to LPN to RN Pathway Program functions to meet the employment training needs of at-risk populations – persons who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, academically underprepared, underemployed, unemployed or hard-to-employ.  The Pathway Program provides opportunities for employment training, job searching and higher education for those who must overcome barriers to accessing more traditional forms of education and training.

For more information about the CNA to LPN to RN Pathway Program, call 235-7328.

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