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Hawai‘i Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

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The First Nations’ Futures Program (FNFP) is now accepting applications through May 30 for its year-long program to cultivate leaders with a passion for land stewardship, including the preservation of cultural and natural resources.

FNFP was started in 2006 by Kamehameha Schools in partnership with a First Nations Institution in Aotearoa, New Zealand, to initiate a program focused on developing values-based leadership and more integrated solutions for managing natural and cultural resources.

The alliance now includes partners from the Sealaska/First Alaskans Institute, Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Since it began, over 50 leaders from Hawai‘i have completed the program.  Participants share the common cause of improving the well-being of their communities and caring for natural and cultural resources for generations to come.  The program aims to develop well-balanced, effective leaders who can tackle meaningful work in their community, public, and professional lives.


FNFP offers a series of problem-based learning experiences in Hawai‘i including:

  • A two-week First Nations’ Futures Institute at Stanford University course which equips fellows with an innovative and expansive set of tools from academia.
  • A Hawai‘i leadership institute, ‘Aha Nauā Lelepā, which compliments the Stanford program and provides fellows with the experience of indigenous leaders in Hawai‘i today.
  • A Hawai‘i place-based project where learning throughout the year can be applied and which culminates in a presentation to program directors, collaborators and Kamehameha School leadership.

To apply, download an application between April 1 and May 30, or call (808) 842-8800 to obtain a hardcopy by mail.

Applicants with Hawaiian ancestry will be given preference, according to Kamehameha Schools’ policy.


Visit fnfp.org for more information, call (808) 541-5346, or email [email protected].

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