Offiice of Hawaiian Affairs
By Lloyd Yonenaka
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2010
Washington, DC–Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Chairperson Haunani Apoliona and CEO Clyde Namu’o met today with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who serves as Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and Kiran Ahuja, WHIAAPI Executive Director, to discuss partnership opportunities to develop solid strategies that will provide Native Hawaiians with increased access to education and other federal programs. The goal is increased student education achievement and outcomes, P-20, pre-school to PhD.
As of spring 2009, Native Hawaiian students comprised 28 percent of the youth in the Hawai’i unified public school system. Enrollment of Native Hawaiians in public schools in rural communities exceeds 50% Native Hawaiians. We want to close the education achievements and outcomes gaps experienced by many Native Hawaiians.
OHA is the Native Hawaiian entity named in the Native Hawaiian Education Act with a seat on the Native Hawaiian Education Council.
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