If you know your way around this site, you know that there are two ways of perusing the many, many grants we’ve recorded. Many. Many, many, many. It’s overwhelming actually. And overwhelming is kind of the point. No matter where you stand on the issue of Native Hawaiian sovereignty or the Akaka Bill, if you’ve checked out the grants here, you cannot fairly say that Native Hawaiians receive no support or help. There may be any number of cultural or socio-economic issues at play in the question of how Native Hawaiians fare in society. But if you’re looking for a reason to support the Akaka Bill, the claim that Native Hawaiians get no government resources is laughable in light of the evidence here.
Anyway, for those who just want an overview, there’s the quick list that can be viewed here. And for those who want to dig a little deeper, there’s the wiki/database of grants that can be viewed here. (And as a reminder: if you have any information or feedback to share on any grant, be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add that information to the wiki. Frequent or especially helpful researchers are given their own log-ins to update at will.)
Recently, we added some information to our quick grant list that was previously only available in the wiki–you can now see at a glance which grants come from federal agencies and which from state departments. It’s no surprise to see that the federal portion of the grants on the list so far is slightly higher–a total of approximately $265,666,125 spent since fiscal year 2007. As for approximate state spending, it comes to a more modest (but still considerable) $56,201,112 for the same period of time. That’s more than the annual budget for a few different state departments. For a state that struggles with budget and deficit problems, that’s almost real money.