Alaka‘ina Foundation Receives Grant Funding from NOAA

March 12, 2010: The Alaka‘ina Foundation received official notice of grant award in the amount of $92,023 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay, Watershed, Education Training (BWET) Division.

The award will support the continuation and expansion of the Foundation’s Ho`okuleana Project for educators on Moloka‘i. The project, based on the Hawaiian value of Kuleana (responsibility), provides professional development opportunities to educators to enhance their skills in the classroom. Through content focused on island stewardship, the program aims to enable educators to provide creative, scientific, and field-based learning experiences to teach stewardship principles to their students.

As a multiple-time recipient of the grant, Alaka‘ina Foundation Executive Director, Jessica M. Horiuchi, stated, “We are very grateful for the ongoing support NOAA’s BWET division, as this is our third such award.” The program, since inception, has focused on professional development opportunities for elementary school teachers on the island of Moloka‘i.  “This grant is important in that it brings continuity to what we feel is becoming a meaningful professional development resource for teachers on Moloka‘i”, Horiuchi stated.


NOAA’s B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). NOAA has invested over $40 million to support more than 530 projects in six regions of the country. In FY 2008, the B-WET program reached over 125,000 students and 6,000 teachers, through 130 projects. For more information on NOAA and BWET, please visit

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