We believe that by advocating for a strong continuum in our education systems, we will promote achievement for every Native Hawaiian learner, and ensure a brighter future for education in Hawai‘i. We know that Hawaiian culture-based education will serve as a competitive advantage for all Hawai‘i’s children.
Early learning supports positive outcomes in academics, promotes emotional well-being, and provides our keiki a strong foundation for a lifetime of success. Unfortunately, only 1 in 4 in Hawai‘i attend early learning programs.
The Right Investment for a Lifetime of Success:
Early learning equips keiki with the social competence and cognitive skills they need to succeed.1
Early learning improves learners’ abilities in language and math.2
Students who attend preschool are more likely to graduate from high school and college.3
How we support early learning:
In this time of rapid change and unprecedented public health and economic challenges, we believe that quality education depends on access to the latest learning tools and constant connection. Guaranteeing equitable access to quality digital education, especially Hawaiian-Culture Based Education options, is necessary to ensure success throughout our students’ educational journeys.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Only 51% of Hawai‘i residents have access to affordable broadband plans.4
Native Hawaiians have lower levels of internet access than other groups, with the largest gap in high-speed broadband subscription rates.5
The Hawaiʻi Department of Education survey also found that Native Hawaiian students in public education were far less likely to have sufficient devices for each family member at home for distance learning (43% Native Hawaiians, 29% all students statewide).6
How we support digital equity in education:
Year after year, more people make the difficult choice to leave Hawai‘i in search of economic opportunities. To assist learners in their journey of personal and professional career development, we believe that new career pathways must be created that elevate employability and technical skills, including pathways that support strengthening Native Hawaiian identity. Providing affordable and meaningful support and career services will enable Native Hawaiians to pursue rewarding careers right here in Hawai‘i.
Clearing the Path to Prosperity
Hawai‘i has seen its population decline in both 2017 and 2018, with concerns rising over the increasing number of young families leaving the state.7
Hawai‘i’s college-going rate has stagnated at 55% for numerous years.8
Only around 10% of Hawai‘i residents hold an advanced degree.9
How we support success in college & career:
1 National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. “The Science of Early Childhood Development.” (2007): 4-8.
2 Vivian C. Wong, Thomas D. Cook, W. Steven Barnett, and Kwanghee Jung. “An effectiveness-based evaluation of five state pre-kindergarten programs.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 27, No. 1 (2008): 122-154.
3 Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. “Abecedarian Project.” http://evidencebasedprograms.org.
4 Broadband Now. (2021, February 2). The State of Broadband in Hawaii. https://broadbandnow.com/Hawaii.
5 United States Census Bureau. (2019, December 19). American Community Survey 2014-2018 5-Year Estimates Now Available. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2019/acs-5-year.html.
6 Hawaii Department of Education. (2020a, June). Teacher and Student Distance-Learning Survey. https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Preliminary%20Summary%20of%20Findings%20for%20Teacher%20and%20Student%20Distance%20Learning%20Survey.pdf.
7 The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. “College-Going Rates of High School Graduates - Directly from High School.” http://www.higheredinfo.org/dbrowser/index.php?measure=32.
8 The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. “Graduation Rates.” http://www.higheredinfo.org/dbrowser/index.php?submeasure=27&year=2015&level=&mode=definitions&state=0.
9 U.S. Census Bureau. "2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.” http://www.factfinder.census.gov.