Projects to aid Hawaiians
get $4.8 million

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving nearly $4.8 million to six University of Hawaii campuses to develop education and training programs for low- to middle-income native Hawaiians, HUD announced Wednesday.

The money from the Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program will allow the colleges to create and enhance academic and job-training programs, said HUD Assistant Secretary Michael Liu.

The institutions getting the grants are:

» UH-Hilo: $800,000 for a program to design, establish and run small businesses.

» Hawaii Community College: $794,976 to renovate the Keaau Youth Business Center to include a commercial kitchen, multimedia digital arts lab and recording studio. It will also be used to create career and job-training programs for at-risk youth.

» Honolulu Community College: $800,000 to help create the Kokea Training Center, which will provide pre-construction, job readiness and life skills training.

» Kapiolani Community College: $800,000 to construct a training facility to provide health-care job training and clinical services for traditional Hawaiian healing and integrated practices to serve low-income native Hawaiians in Waianae.

» Leeward Community College: $800,000 for a partnership with Leilehua High School to expand an agriculture and culinary arts education and training program. The money will be used to build a commercial kitchen and formal dining room.

» Kauai Community College: $799,953 to develop a community agriculture training and agribusiness incubation center in the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead.



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