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Scholarships Available For Students, Teachers to Attend ‘Aha ‘Ōpio Workshop

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The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is giving students and teachers scholarship opportunities to attend the 21st annual Native Hawaiian Convention on O‘ahu.

‘Aha ‘Ōpio: Ulu Koa, an education workshop designed to engage and inspire future leaders in civic engagement, will be conducted July 19, the first day of the convention at Sheraton Waikīkī. Scholarships are available to students and teachers to the workshop and will also cover the cost to attend the convention.

The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. It will be a full day of learning and understanding more about the framework of native rights in Hawai‘i and the system in which they operate. Topics will include water rights, ceded lands, kingdom laws and more.

“An important part of the Native Hawaiian Convention is to engage our young aloha ‘āina, our Native Hawaiian students, to plant the seeds of civic engagement in future generation of ʻōiwi leaders,” Kūhiō Lewis, chief executive officer of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, said in a press release. “This is an opportunity for students and educators to take part in a workshop that will inspire them to become engaged community leaders. And it will also provide them an opportunity to learn and meet other leaders in our community during the annual Native Hawaiian Convention.”


Teachers who register and attend the ‘Aha ‘Ōpio worksh0p also will earn a stipend for their participation.

To register for ‘Aha ‘Ōpio, click here.

The 21st annual Native Hawaiian Convention is scheduled for July 19-22 and will feature discussions about cultural perpetuation, civic engagement and tourism transformation. In addition, for the first time ever, the Native Hawaiian Convention will host the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards ceremony.


For more information about the convention and to register to attend, click here.

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