Grant supports Hawaiian role in decision making

HONOLULU (AP) – A new University of Hawaii program is receiving a grant worth nearly half a million dollars to help Native Hawaiians participate in decision making about environmental and social issues.

The University of Hawaii Foundation said Wednesday the Kresge Foundation based in Detroit awarded the school’s Lamaku Naauao program $460,000.

The program is run by university’s Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Program participants will learn about food security, renewable energy research, cultural practices and the effects of climate change.

The grant will help the program hire staff and create a website. It will also allow the program to develop a curriculum that it will share with Native Hawaiian communities through workshops.

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