Today was a milestone for computer science education, public school students and HawaiiKidsCAN. With a signature from Gov. David Y. Ige, HB 2607 has gone from bill to law—meaning that our shared social movement to promote STEM equity in Hawaii classrooms was a success!

Given that this funding will potentially more than double the amount of students who have access to computer science learning opportunities in our public schools, we are excited about this big step forward.

Congratulations! Your advocacy helped a great new policy get passed. Now Hawaii can prepare more of its keiki to lead the world of the future!

Again, big mahalo to our partners in pushing for STEM excellence, from DevLeague to Purple Maia, Microsoft,, Hawaii Open Data, Oceanit and Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology initiative.

Most exciting of all, we were thrilled to have students and teachers at Campbell High School, Hawaii Technology Academy, Farrington High School, Iolani School, Kalaheo High School and Roosevelt High School speaking up on the importance of this bill. It’s been an honor to share this moment of advocacy with the Hawaii DOE’s computer science team and Superintendent Kishimoto.

This has been an exciting advocacy journey, and we’ve had a blast: 

This is just the beginning. Each year, we’ll stand behind common-sense education policies that promote innovation, multilingualism, options, excellence and equity. We’re incredibly grateful to be doing this work with amazing local and national partners like you.

David is the founding executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN. He lives in Honolulu, HI.


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