Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Program awarded Office of Hawaiian Affairs grant

Maui College
Emily R. Sullivan, (808) 984-3549
Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Marketing
Malia Davidson, (808) 984-3553
Statewide Director, Liko A'e Native Hawaiian Program
Posted: May 31, 2011

Liko Aʻe scholar Manalani English doing community service
Liko Aʻe scholar Manalani English doing community service

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has awarded the Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program a $100,000 grant to provide non-traditional Native Hawaiian students in higher education opportunity for scholarships. This grant is in alignment with OHA’s strategic education plan to provide assistance to Native Hawaiians in educational opportunities at all levels.

“These funds will help Liko A'e to disburse another 40-50 more students who might not have had a chance to apply to any other funders in the beginning of the year,” says Malia Davidson, statewide director of Liko A'e. “Funds are tight for many families and we are grateful that OHA has recognized the need in our communities.”

Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program began in 2003 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Act. The program is based at University of Hawai‘i Maui College with satellite centers at Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, and Leeward Community Colleges.

The program has successfully funded thousands of Native Hawaiian students throughout the country from associate to professional degree programs. The goal of Liko A'e is to sustain and provide support to Hawaiian students in higher education. Scholars also support organizations or persons needing their assistance as a community service requirement. Last year over 5000 hours were performed while maintaining a satisfactory grade point average.

The application period will open June 1 and close June 30. Applicants are required to provide Liko A'e with an official transcript from the school last attended and their Student Aid Report (SAR) provided from the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on the requirements of the scholarship or to apply, visit For questions, contact (808) 984-3366 or email