September 2nd, 2004

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About Hawaiians

Kamehameha Schools is the only school for Hawaiian children. In the article below it describes new programs. It's too bad that they have waited this long to create them but it's good for Hawaiian children nonetheless. By the way there are about 401,000 Hawaiians in this world which isn't much compared to 208,252,210 Caucasians and also which isn't much compared to the total population as of 2000 of 281,421,906 (see http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/c2kbr01-14.pdf):

Kamehameha [Schools] sets new goals

By Vicki Viotti

Kamehameha Schools plans to launch a new initiative later this year to help with the educational and health needs of Native Hawaiian children 8 and younger, and in the next few months officials are due to pick communities with large Hawaiian populations for a pilot project.

Dee Jay Mailer, chief executive officer of the $4.2 billion trust, announced the project in her address yesterday to participants in the annual Native Hawaiian Conference, continuing through tomorrow at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Mailer said Kamehameha officials favor the early-education project — called Ho'omohala Kaiaulu, which means "to cause to blossom" — because of research indicating that an estimated 85 percent of a child's development occurs within the first five years of life. A failure to thrive during that crucial period affects a child's confidence to make further strides, she said.

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Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Sep/02/ln/ln09a.html

Cross-posted to nativeamerican, to hawaiians, and to abouthawaii