Community Connections

By reaching out to immersion charter schools, community groups, and other organizations who share our goal, we are better able to leverage our resources in fulfilling our commitment to serve the Native Hawaiian students and close the gap in educational attainment. Our community connections include national organizations, such as Achieving the Dream (AtD) and Jobs for the Future (JFF), as well as local community groups.


Achieving the Dream is a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success. Together with its network of higher ed institutions, coaches and advisors, state policy teams, investors and partners, AtD is helping more than 4 million community college students achieve their dreams.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) provides scholarships to APIA students; forges partnerships among corporations, foundations, community organizations and individuals to provide adequate financial and other resources to carry out our mission; provides guidance, mentorship and programs to facilitate students' academic success, leadership and professional growth; establishes strategic alliances within APIA and educational communities; and builds a clearinghouse of higher education research on APIA high school and college students and continue to increase awareness of APIA education issues and challenges.

Jobs for the Future (JFF) accelerates the alignment and transformation of the American workforce and education systems to ensure access to economic advancement for all.

National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, cultural-based educational opportunities for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.


Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs serves with pono in advocacy of culture, health, economic development, education, social welfare and nationhood.

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) enhances the well-being of Hawai'i through the cultural, economic, political and community development of Native Hawaiians.

Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program is a three-semester post-baccalaureate program, delivered primarily through the medium of Hawaiian, specifically designed to prepare Mauli Ola Hawai'i (Hawaiian identity nurturing) teachers of the highest quality to teach in Hawaiian language medium schools, Hawaiian language and culture programs in English medium schools, and schools serving students with a strong Hawaiian cultural background. This site provides resources on financial aid, Hawai'i agencies, Hawaiian language, culture, and education resources, and professional organizations.

Kamehameha Schools operate an educational system serving over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O'ahu, Maui and Hawai'i islands, and at 30 preschool sites statewide; serving over 40,000 additional learners annually through a range of programs and community collaborations; and provides preschool, K-12 and post-high school scholarships enabling Hawaiian leaners to attend educational institutions outside of the KS system.

Na Lei Na'auao was founded in 2000 by Native Hawaiian educators, parents and community members from throughout the archipelago. Na Lei Na'auao - Native Hawaiian Charter School Alliance (NLN) supports the growth of models of education throughout the Hawaiian islands, which are community-designed and -controlled and reflect, respect and embrace Hawaiian cultural values, philosophies and ideologies. Aligning with worldwide indigenous educational reform efforts, Na Lei Na'auao is using the national charter school movement as a vehicle to provide viable choices in education at the community level.

Native Hawaiian Education Council (NHEC) was established in 1994 under the Native Hawaiian Education Act. The statutory responsibilities of the council are to coordinate, access and report and make recommendations on the effectiveness of existing education programs for Native Hawaiians, the state of present Native Hawaiian education efforts, and improvements that may be made to existing programs, policies and procedures to improve the educational attainment of Native Hawaiians.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) enhances Hawaiian well-being by collaborating with various organizations to strengthen its community's resources. OHA annual provide Native Hawaiian students more than $800,000 in scholarship money to help pay for college. It has given out more than $34 million in loans within the past 10 years to help Native Hawaiians start businesses, improve homes, consolidate debts and continue their education. In addition, OHA awarded an estimated $16 million to various organizations aiding Hawaiians, including Hawaiian-focused charter schools, Papa Ola Lokahi and the Department of Home Lands.

State Public Charter Schools Commission (SPCSC or Commission) is the statewide charter school authorizer whose mission is to authorize high-quality public charter schools throughout Hawai'i. The Commission approves quality applications for new charter schools and monitors the performance and legal compliance of existing charter schools.

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