SUPPORTING ADVANCEMENT OF NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND PEOPLE
The Hawaiian archipelago has over 130 islands located in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are a great distance from any other land. Polynesian seafarers arrived in Hawaii one to two thousand years ago by way of ancient navigation on innovative sailing vessels. In 1778, Captain James Cook and his crew were the first Europeans to land in Hawaii. The islands were called the Sandwich Islands. Not surprisingly, Native Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Pacific Island people have one of the most unique cultural identities, uniquely tied to the ocean environment, in the world. Over time, native languages, native, culture, and the imposition of various political structures significantly impacted Native Hawaiian and Pacific islanders in various ways. Over the last few decades, studies have demonstrated that native people face unique health, educational, economic, and other challenges. NHPI was created to address these challenges and support the striving efforts of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
NHPI has a specific goal of preserving the unique culture of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, along with supporting the improvement of conditions and opportunities for native people, through recognition and support of environmental programs, cultural exchange, undertaking coordination, and students. NHPI support educational objectives and funds Native peoples with direct research and educational funding. Our mission is viewed as critical to the presentation of Native wisdom, culture, and hope. The importance of our mission is underscored by the lack of opportunity of Native people, who have the highest high school drop our rate and lowest college completion rate of any group in the United States. NHPI is committed to improving lives and expanding wisdom through support of striving native causes and people, including funding programs and individuals with demonstrated commitment, ability and desire. NHPI supports the aspirational goals of cooperation for Island Wisdom and Global Lessons.
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Americans are people of the continent of Oceania having unique ethnic ancestry. Pacific Islander Americans make up less than 0.5% of the United States population. Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander is a term used by the United States Census that refers to people having origins in Hawaii, Polynesia, Micronesia, Guam, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, the Marshalls and includes Indigenous Māori as part of the Pacific Islander race. In the 2010 United States census approximately 600,000 Polynesian and 400,000 native Hawaiians resident in the United States.
-2010 United States census
In 1848, Hawaiian King Kamehameha founded The Royal Order of the Crown of Hawaii (Hawaii Ke Kalaunu e Hookanaka. In 1865, Hawaiian King Kamehameha V established The Order of Kamehameha I in honor of his grandfather Kamehameha the Great who unified the Hawaiian Islands into a Kingdom. In 1880, The Royal Order of Kalakaua (Kalakaua I e Hookanaka), Order of Kapi’olani (Kapi’olani e Hookanaka) was founded by King Kalakaua to honor service in the cause of humanity, science, education and the arts. In 1886, The Order of Oceania (Ka Hoku o Osiania e Hookanaka) was founded by King Kalakaua I in 1886 “for advancing the name and influence of Hawaii amongst the native communities of the Islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and on contiguous Continents”. In 1893, Queen Liliuokalani and the Kingdom of Hawaii were overthrown, the Hawaiian Islands annexed by the United Stets in 1898, and Hawaii formally declared a Territory of the united States in 1900. . Thus, the Royal Orders of the Kingdom ceased in 1893.
The ROBP has a specific goal of preserving the unique culture of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders through recognition and support of environmental programs, cultural exchange, undertaking coordination, and students. ROBP support educational objectives and funds Native peoples with direct research and educational funding. Our mission is viewed as critical to the presentation of Native wisdom, culture, and hope. The importance of our mission is underscored by the lack of opportunity of Native people, who have the highest high school drop our rate and lowest college completion rate of any group in the United States. ROBP is committed to improving lives and expanding wisdom through recognition of high achieving native people and the funding programs and individuals with demonstrated commitment, ability and desire to further education.
Through direct investment and support of innovative programming and funding programs, students are encouraged to finish high school, seek and complete college education, and contribute and exchange of cultural heritage and wisdom. Our mission seeks to increase awareness, opportunity, and hope. We also funding, support, consulting services, technical assistance with contributions of technology, equipment, vehicles, vessels, supplies, and transport to educators throughout the pacific.
Over the last decade, graduation rates for Native students have increased over 25%. Significant support of native education has been generously provided to a range of organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Ford Foundation.