University of Hawaii Maui College’s Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program was recently granted an $187,000 award from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The funds will be used to support the program’s mission to provide scholarships and services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who are seeking to gain a college degree throughout Hawaii and the U.S.
“I’m filled with pride to see that a program based at UH Maui College will continue to receive support in the form of this funding from OHA,” said Carmen Hulu Lindsey, Maui Trustee-Office of Hawaiian Affairs. “It is part of OHA’s responsibility to encourage among our beneficiaries the aspiration to become as educated as possible, whatever their chosen discipline. Through this program, students not only receive financial assistance, but also academic support, cultural experience and growth, and leadership opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom. Making sure our people push themselves to their fullest potential and get the highest education possible is the best thing we can do for the Lahui.”
Liko A’e has disbursed more than 3,000 scholarship awards to Native Hawaiian students since 2003. In addition to supporting students who are pursuing a diverse range of degree programs, Liko A’e also offers mentoring programs focused on community service projects and online community building.
“We would like to mahalo Maui Trustee, Hulu Lindsey for her unwavering support of our program,” said Kahealani Naeole, Liko A‘e’s Interim Project Director. “With this funding we will be able to offer about 90-100 scholarships as well as wrap-around services to non-traditional Native Hawaiian students who aspire to attain higher education.”
For more information about Liko A’e, visit: Likoae.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Liko Aʻe’s 10th anniversary celebration held last fall courtesy UH Maui College