The Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children was established at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo for the purpose of increasing educational enrichment opportunities for Hawaiian Children (K - 12) throughout the State of Hawai'i.
The program is authorized through the Augustus F. Hawkins-Robert T. Stafford Elementary and Secondary School Improvement Amendments of 1988 (Public Law 100-297), which was signed into law by former President Reagan on April 28, 1988. The program under the Native Hawaiian Education Act was reauthorized in 1994 to run until 1999.
The Center was established with funds appropriated by Federal legislation in response to the need to raise the educational status of Native Hawaiians.
Na Pua No'eau Outreach Centers were established on the Islands of Maui, Kaua'i, and O'ahu in 1993 in response to the respective communities request for Na Pua No'eau activities. The activities on those Islands are partially funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. In the Spring of 1998, a Na Pua No'eau Outreach Site was established at the Moloka'i Education Center on Moloka'i. In 1999 centers were established on the island of Lana'i and the west coast of the big Island of Hawai'i. The intent of these Outreach Centers are to expand the activities conducted by Na Pua No'eau and to provide follow up activities to students from those respective; islands who attended the Summer Residential Program.
Along with the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and its various departments and faculty members, the Center has also partnered with other educational agencies in providing educational enrichment opportunities to Hawaiian children. The agencies which Na Pua No'eau works with or has worked with in delivering gifted and talented activities are: the National Research Center for Gifted and Talented, the National Association for Gifted Children, the Kamehameha Schools, Polynesian Voyaging Society, NASA, Oceanic Institute, Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program, the Bishop Museum, The University of Hawai'i's John A. Burns School of Medicine, the University of Southern California's Med-COR Program, the Hawaiian State Department of Education, the University of Hawai'i's Community Colleges, Alu Like, Inc., American Indian Research and Development, Inc., the University of Oklahoma's American Indian Institute, and the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center.
Besides the University of Hawai'i at Hilo campus, Na Pua No'eau activities are conducted at the following locations: University of Hawai'i West Hawai'i Center, Kaua'i Community College, Maui Community College, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Moloka'i Education Center, Lana'i High and Elementary School, Waikoloa Elementary School, Waiakea High School, Hilo High School, St. Joseph's High School, Pahoa High School, Honoka'a High School, Na'alehu Elementary School, Pahala Elementary School, Keonepoko Elementary School, and Pahoa Elementary School.