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Aloha no kākou,

I am currently a scholar in the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University for the Spring 2015 semester. As the only Native Hawaiian in my program, I see the need to have more Native Hawaiian representation here in Washington DC.

There are a number of programs that sponsor Native students to come to Washington DC. They provides students with the opportunity to live, intern and receive academic credit. Many of these programs provide full scholarships to students.

It is important to have our Native Hawaiian kids participate in these programs. It will not only provide them with an outstanding academic and work experience, but it will allow them to experience life outside of Hawaiʻi, while still representing our lāhui.

I have attached a document that lists the programs here in Washington DC. Please pass this a long to your contacts or any of whom may be interested.

Listed below deadlines for the summer sessions:

Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University

  • Summer Session Deadline: March 1st

Washington Internship for Native Students at American University

  • Summer Session Deadline: March 13th

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

  • Summer Session Deadline: March 8th

APAICS 2015-2016 Congressional Fellowship Program

  • Final Deadline: March 31st

The document also has deadlines for the Fall 2015 sessions as well.


Throughout the year, Native Hawaiian students and recent graduates have the opportunity to participate in internships and leadership programs in Washington, D.C. This offers an invaluable up-close view of Washington, D.C. where students can learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run – because they are right in the center of the process.

Native American Political Leadership Program

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full-scholarship program designed to give Native undergraduate and graduate students the chance to participate in the Semester in Washington Politics program.

NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship.

What does the NAPLP scholarship cover?

Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)

Housing in a GW dormitory

A small stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments

Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)


Program Start and End Date: January 12 – May 1

Priority Deadline: October 1

Final Deadline: November 1


Program Start and End Date: June 1- July 24

Priority Deadline: February 15

Final Deadline: March 1

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program.


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Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Department of Native Hawaiian Health Summer Research Internship. Please view the attached program description and application. Deadline for submission is February 27th, 2015.



Aloha dear friends,

Please join us on a panel discussion on how to live sust-{AINA}-bility:

The Chaos of sust-{AINA}-bility
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
5 PM to 7:30 PM
Halau o Hamea, Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa Campus
$6 parking (carpooling or other sustainable transportation means are encouraged)
Mea ai for the kino & soul will be served (bring reusable plates/cups/utensils)

What is sustainability? Why sust-AINA-bility? Is there a point of no return? Are we doing enough? Come with questions and open heart to listen to real people share their sustainability stories on pathways of food sovereignty, energy independence, and zero-waste consumption.

This event is open to the public. Keiki are welcomed.

*Brought to you by Hawaiian Islands Science, East-West Center Participants Association, and Pan-Pacific Association with support from COSEE-IE

RSVP on FaceBook:
Points of contact: Lelemia (HISCI),;
Geejay (PPA),;Ritz (EWCPA),; Jonathan (EWCPA),


HISCI Cafe 10 Dec 2014 Sustainability

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OHA is once again looking for interns this semester and for the upcoming legislative sessions.  If you have any students who may be interested please share this job announcement with them and also to your colleagues in the Hawaiian Studies Department for dissemination to their students?  Mahalo!






The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Public Policy Program is seeking students to assist with various projects prior to and during the upcoming 2015 Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.  In particular, student assistants will play a large role in monitoring hearings, tracking bills and researching, writing and editing testimony.


Student assistant positions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional writing skills, maturity, a strong desire to serve the Native Hawaiian community and academic experience in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, Pre-law, Law or any other field or discipline related to the job tasks to be performed.  Students must be in good academic standing at an accredited educational institution and be carrying a full-time course load.  “Good academic standing” means maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Students will be scheduled to work between 10 and 19 paid hours per week during the regular school session based on their availability.  The opportunity to work up to 40 paid hours per week during school breaks (i.e. Spring break, Summer break and Christmas break) may be extended.


Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis at the following rates:  Undergraduate Student (1st or 2nd Year) = $10.00/hour; Undergraduate Student (3rd or 4th Year) = $12.00/hour; Graduate Student = $14.00/hour.  Students who have prior work experience with OHA may be paid at a higher hourly rate based on an assessment of the student’s work experience, recommendation by the Program Manager and approval by the Human Resources Manager.  Student assistants are not eligible for OHA employment benefits.  Students must be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. with proper work authorization.


Interested students should e-mail a cover letter, resume and short writing sample (10 double-spaced pages or less) to Merlyn Akuna at Questions about applying may also be directed to the same address.  The positions are open immediately and will remain open until filled.


Malama pono,


Merlyn K. Akuna

Pou Alo Kulekele Aupuni

Public Policy Administrative Assistant

560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200

Honolulu, Hawai’i  96817


(: (808) 594-1756  | *:

Aloha mai kakou,

Please join us on a gathering focused on Geothermal Resource development in the Hawaiian Islands:
Aia La O Pele i Hawaii: There is Pele in Hawaii
Is Geothermal Appropriate for Hawaii?

Thursday, October 30, 2014
5 PM to 7:30 PM
Halau o Haumea, Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa Campus
Mea ai for the kino and soul will be served

What is geothermal? Is Geothermal appropriate for the Hawaiian Islands?  Where is it applicable in Hawaii? What challenges and opportunities does this renewable energy technology present for our communities, energy industry, and government? Come join us with questions as we learn about Geothermal resources development and its potential to shift how we consume energy in the Hawaiian Islands.
*Brought to you by Hawaiian Islands Science, East-West Center Participants Association, and Pan-Pacific Association with support from COSEE-IE

HISCI cafe geothermal 31 oct 2014



Come and join us at Ea mai ka Pō mai: Arts and Sovereignty Emerging on October 21st from 10:00am-6:00pm at Campus Center Courtyard. The idea of the event is to use art as a catalyst to talk about nation building, sovereignty, ea, and what our kuleana is in moving towards independence. The event will run from 10am-6pm with poets (Jamaica, Nalani McDougall, and Craig ma), speeches, musicians on loop, all on stage, while other artists facilitate various workshops evenly dispersed throughout the space, like muraling, screen printing and block printing.

Kumu Kaleikoa will be doing a keynote speech around 4:30.

Screen Printing workshop: *Bring your own shirts (up to 4 total). We will bring out the Mauna a Wakea and Makua Valley designs, along with 2 other Ea inspired designs to screen print on to shirts.

Live mural by Kalani Ware and Cory Taum, also open to others who come by and want to paint.

Linocut printmaking with Joy. All supplies provided for. Just show up and learn how to make a beautiful linocut and how to print.

Many other really amazing things happening! Please bring your students, friends, family and join is for the day.

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