In the world of education, every opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students is worth celebrating. We are thrilled to share the exciting news that our Keiki Steps and Ka Lama Education Academy programs has been ganted a significant award totaling $10,459,829 from the Native Hawaiian Education Program for the next 3 years. This achievement marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to serving Native Hawaiian students and the broader community.
It is with immense pride and joy that we share remarkable news of being honored with a Kaiser Permanente grant award in the amount of $50,000 to our Ho’oulu Waiwai program. This award is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional services to our community.
In a momentous development, the National Science Foundation has bestowed upon our Kaulele Program a prestigious award of $2,000,000, set to be distributed over the next five years. This not only signifies a monumental achievement but also propels us further along our path towards establishing an indigenous-led design framework for STEM exhibits. The significance of this recognition lies not only in the financial backing it provides but in the validation of our mission to create impactful STEM learning experiences rooted in indigenous wisdom and perspectives.
The Freeman Foundation Fund, in partnership with the Hawai’i Community Foundation awarded $75,000 to our Ho’ala program to provide tuition subsidies to families with keiki in an early learning program. This award reflects our commitment to supporting educational opportunities for young keiki in the Leeward O’ahu communities.
The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation awarded $50,000 to strengthen the administrative and operational support for our Keiki Steps Family-Child Interactive Learning preschool and Early Literacy program to ensure retention and availability of seats and to expand evidence literacy instruction and materials into smaller childcare groups in the community.