Hawaiians Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants for School

A. Scholarships Available


The Kamehameha Schools FASS (Financial Aid and Scholarship Services) Department commits themselves to providing the financial assistance the student needs. Awards of financial support is given through the various Kamehameha programs like Pauahi Keiki Scholars, Post-High Scholarships, Summer School programs, Kamehameha Schools Preschools including Kindergarten until grade 12 programs at the Hawaii, Kapalama and Maui campuses. The awards are given on a yearly basis and determined using various methods like need and merit.

How to Apply

The student applicant must submit their application to any Kamehameha School’s financial scholarship or aid programs to the KS FASS. The data center will send thru mail a separate packet containing HAR (Hawaiian Ancestry Registration) if the applicant has not yet completed their registration process. All documents and questions regarding the verification process shall be directed to data center. The HAR form and documents should not be submitted together with the application for scholarship and KS financial aid.

Program Requirements

The Hawaiian Data Center is established by KS to create a complete database of the Hawaiian populace to support the plan for a lifelong learning in Hawaiian communities. One of the roles of the data center is to verify the ancestry of the Hawaiian who wishes to be considered under the policy of KS preferences.

If you intend to apply for the KS scholarship or financial aid and would want to be considered under their preference policy, the applicant must verify their Hawaiian ancestry by going thru the data center (KS Ho’oulu Hawaiian Data Center) by the program date of deadline.

Restrictions or Rules

It is a policy of Kamahamela Schools to prefer student applicants with Hawaiian ancestry to the extent which is permitted by law.

Contact details

Ho’oulu Hawaiian Data Center
567 South King Street, Suite 102
Honolulu, HI 9813
Phone: (808) 523-6228
Toll Free: 1-800-842-4682, press 9, then dial extension 36228
Website: http://www.ksbe.edu/datacenter


The mission of the Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation, a non-profit corporation, is to develop diverse and new sources of income to provide support to the constantly increasing educational goals and needs of Hawaiian people. The Foundation establishes endowed scholarships that are donor funded for Hawaiians. Private donor created the current scholarships being offered and these are awarded based on donor specified criteria and/or academic merit.

How to Apply

The application for the programs are open to the public which includes students who don’t have any Hawaiian ancestry. But it is the Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation policy to give first priority to applicants with Hawaiian ancestry up to the extent allowable by law.

To get more information about the foundation and its scholarships, visit http://www.pauahi.org/scholarships/

Program Requirements

The following are eligibility requirements in applying for the foundation scholarships:

  • Applicant must be attending a 2 or 4 year post-high accredited degree program.
  • Applicant must be a certified student in an accredited institution in a degree-seeking program.
  • Applicant must submit the FAFSA student aid report regardless of their financial need.
  • Applicant must meet the special requirements as listed on the website.

Restrictions or Rules

Information not available.

Contact details

Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation
567 S. King Street, Suite 160
Honolulu, HI 96813

B.Grants Available


For the past ten years, the OHA community grants program has continued to be a part of their commitment in the betterment of Native Hawaiians lives. Every year the OHA awards grants in millions of dollar in support of native Hawaiians. The impact of each gift whether it was big or small helped in building a stronger Hawaiian community.

OHA is please to continue their tradition of empowering lives of Native Hawaiians with its 2011 grants program. These grants provide the opportunities with funds that will address the community’s immediate needs while building social, economic and the educational success of Native Hawaiians.

How to Apply

The next grant cycle is nearing and its focus will be on projects, programs and activities that have a direct link to 1 or more of OHA’s strategic results/priorities for 2010-2016. Training sessions and information sessions are conducted to assist the applicants in learning how to apply for an OHA funding. Applicants must constantly check their website for updates on the locations and dates of these sessions.

Program Requirements

To be announced during the information and training sessions.

Contact details

Honolulu Office
711 Kapi’olani Blvd., Ste 500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:(808) 594-1835
Fax: (808) 594-1865

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