Native Hawaiian Organizations Association Awards $21,061

The Native Hawaiian Organizations Association has generously provided $21,061 in funds to INPEACE to support a book project to create culture-based children’s readers to help build educational capacity for keiki.

With a focus on publishing 3 separate book series, our Keiki Steps program established a community relationship with the Native Hawaiian Organization Associate (NHOA) through Daphne Tong-Pave (Executive Director). This relationship became a partnership and NHOA decided to fundraise the monies to support this project as part of their community service efforts. Each series will be culture-based and have 5-6 books published and printed in each series.

“The Native Hawaiian Associations Organization believed in our dream and determination to create and publish culturally relevant books to support Keiki Steps preschool program’s Hawaiian culture-based education curriculum. This bilingual book series highlights mele oli and kaʻao that builds an understanding of connectedness to Hawaiʻi’s natural environment and to one another. It is our greatest hope that our books can be made widely available and used by families, schools and communities to fill the need for Hawaiian-centered children’s books.” – Kalehua Caceres, Keiki Steps Program Director
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