The purpose of the organization is to provide selected elementary schools and communities with opportunities to engage in creative and innovative practices that address the needs of Hawaiian students with special talents and abilities.
Over the past seven years, the Center has developed and implemented programs and activities utilizing the resources of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. The successful outcomes of this endeavor are shared with participating schools. For example, the identification procedures that broaden the ways in which students may exhibit their giftedness and effective program activities that enhance learning of native Hawaiian children are shared so that schools may use these materials and information in achieving their goals.
The Center hopes that through these in-school and community design of innovative practices, increased numbers of Hawaiian students will be identified with special talents and potential. It is also hoped that Hawaiian students will have access to additional educational opportunities at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.
Three schools are participating in the Project for the 1998-99 school year: