OHA presents $30,500 to the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today donated $30,500 to the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center (NPAC) to support its fundraising efforts to attend the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The August festival is billed as the largest arts festival in the world.  Nänäkuli is one of just 62 American high schools selected for the festival.

The graduation rate for students in the program is 95 percent, and 82 percent of graduates have gone on to college.

“The Nanakuli program is an educational success story,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Namu‘o.  “OHA is proud to support a program that inspires our youth to achieve at a very high level in the classroom and exceed education standards in the state.”

“This program’s impact reaches far beyond the Native Hawaiian students who participate,” said OHA Chairwoman Colette Machado. “The program represents the Hawaiian community throughout the state and the world and is an immense source of pride for the Nanakuli and Wai‘anae communities.”

“The Nanakuli community faces many socio-economic problems,” said Namu‘o, “but it is inspiring to hear the students say this program has changed their lives and made them dream about going to college to make a better life for themselves.”

Media Contact:
Garett Kamemoto
Public Relations Specialist
808-594-1937
garettk@oha.org

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