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Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant Announcement
August 2012

ALU LIKE, Inc. - Honolulu, HI
Award Amount: $292,107

Contact: Ms. Alexis Meyer
Interim Library Director

ALU LIKE, Inc.’s Native Hawaiian Library will use its funding to continue to provide library and information services to Native Hawaiians in both urban and rural communities through its central library in Kaka‘ako (O‘ahu) and its three satellite libraries in Papakolea (O‘ahu), Miloli‘i ( Hawai'i Island), and Ho‘olehua (Moloka‘i). These sites have a combined collection of 25,000 Hawaiian resource materials. In addition, the Native Hawaiian Library branches will continue to provide computer access, genealogy and language workshops, Hawaiian cultural demonstrations, homework assistance, storytelling, tutoring, summer reading programs, Native Hawaiian book launches, and family nights. Library staff will also conduct information literacy workshops and Motheread© parent literacy workshops to develop skills for success in work and family life within the Native Hawaiian community.


Kanu o ka 'Aina Learning 'Ohana - Kamuela, HI
Award Amount: $159,893

Contact: Ms. Nancy Levenson
IT Director/Grants Compliance Officer

Kanu o ka 'Aina Learning 'Ohana (KALO), a Hawaiian nonprofit organization in Waimea on Hawai‘iIsland, will provide college readiness and career development services to five target communities located in the South Kohala District, four of which are federally designated Hawaiian Homelands. They will use the resources of their newly built Halau Puke Native Hawaiian Library and will work in close partnership with six community-based and statewide organizations that specialize in college readiness and career/workforce development. Together, they will provide a variety of services to local Native Hawaiian college-ready high school seniors and adults interested in attending college. They will also offer activities to develop career-related skills for Native Hawaiians seeking employment, a career change, or increased wages and to entrepreneurs wanting to start a small business.


Papahana Kuaola - Kaneohe, HI
Award Amount: $100,000

Contact: Ms. Mahealani Merryman
Library/Project Director

Papahana Kuaola, a cultural learning center located on 63 acres in He‘eia, a rural community on O‘ahu, will develop a culture-based literacy program that emphasizes traditional Hawaiian mo’olelo (myths and legends) and incorporates Hawaiian cultural practices, traditional arts, language, and knowledge. Educational materials and activities focusing on three mo’olelo will be created for school groups from O‘ahu in Grades 3, 4, and 5. Staff will identify cultural objects from the Papahana Kuaola collection as well as natural resources from its gardens that support the theme of the stories. Activities will take place in large and small groups in indoor and outdoor settings. This project will demonstrate to librarians, educators, and parents how culture-based education can be successfully incorporated into library literacy programs. As a result, participants will gain increased knowledge and understanding of their cultural environment as well as skills to perpetuate Hawaiian traditions and values.