Thanks to funds that Ethnic Education Hawaiʻi has helped secure, three radio stations in Hawaiʻi—KNDI, KREA, and KZOO—jointly air over 30 half-hour educational programs in eleven language dialects a year. Issue experts join the radio hosts to shared information and resources on such topics as:
severe weather warnings
health and welfare issues
The program topics are selected based on a survey of the ethnic radio program hosts, who represent the concerns and interests of their constituent groups. These special broadcasts reach up to 90% of all Hawaiʻi residents whose first language is not English.
protection from human trafficking
food and financial assistance
job and educational opportunities
The Hawaiʻi Justice Foundation has recognized the important work of Ethnic Education Hawaiʻi with an annual grant for translating and Broadcasting legal information to “large numbers of the ethnic poor” in many languages.
In 2015, EEH was awarded the foundation’s distinguished Spirit of Justice Award.
EEH recieved a“Keeper of the Flame” award from former Hawai‘i-based immigration services non-profit Na Loio.
Since 2007, The Civil defense division…
has contracted EEH to help create and fund multilingual educational radio broadcasts during and after emergencies. EEH assists agencies and community organizations in meeting language access compliance mandates for federal and state funded programs. (Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Language Access Provision—Act 90 of Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes)
“I have been working in the field of disaster management, and it is clear that the most vulnerable are impacted more significantly by disasters. It is important that messages in various languages be broadcast widely in terms of impending disasters.”
— Dolores Foley, PhD.
“One of my most memorable programs was the discussion on the topic of tenant rights. The calls from my Tongan brothers and sisters, realizing that they have rights as tenants. It was a great feeling knowing what a service this provided.”
— Ongo Koli, KNDI Radio Host
Ethnic language stations are lifelines for the LEP (Limited English Proficiency) community. Ethnic Education Hawai‘i serves an invaluable function in sharing resources related to voter registration, access to healthcare, education, and social services, veterans’ issues, and domestic violence.”
— Agnes Malate, MEd., EEH Board Member