Hawaiian Center

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Welina mai me ke aloha! Welcome to Honolulu Community College's Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center. The Center was establish as part of the college's efforts to make the University of Hawaiʻi one of the world's foremost indigenous-serving institutions and fulfills the college's kuleana (responsibility) to the Native Hawaiian Community. The Hawaiian Center is part of the college's Kulana Hawaiʻi Hawaiian Division, which is a unique organization in the University of Hawaiʻi system that comprises Na Papa Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Studies classes) and Hulili Ke Kukui (student support). The college's commitment to the Hawaiian Community is evidenced by the plethora of programs and services available on campus to support Native Hawaiian students and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. A detailed account of our programs and outcomes is available below.

View Kūlana Hawaiʻi Programs Booklet [PDF]

We are located in the upstairs makai wing of Building 5 (next to the Hale ʻAina/Cafeteria), just adjacent to the traditional hale at the piko (center) of campus.

Mission

Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center is committed to actively preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and values. Through an array of comprehensive services, we strengthen the college's educational programs and enable students of Hawaiian ancestry to succeed in their academic, career and individual endeavors.

Hulili Ke Kukui Service Area Outcomes (SAO)

Hulili Ke Kukui fulfills its mission through the following Service Area Outcomes:

SAO 1: Hulili Ke Kukui will foster a Hawaiian place of learning through the integration of language, culture, values, and history into curriculum, campus services, and community engagement.

Hulili Ke Kukui will achieve this by:

  • Serving as a model for mālama ʻaina/sustainability initiatives on campus,
  • Supporting enrollment in the AA Hawaiian Studies program and Hawaiian Studies courses,
  • Providing activities and services that support ola kino (holistic health and wellness),
  • Strengthening the campus's partnerships with Hawaiian community organizations,
  • Creating a repository of kupuna ʻike (ancestral knowledge) about the surrounding campus community,
  • Increasing the usage of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) on campus, and
  • Providing opportunities to demonstrate Hawaiian cultural practices and protocol.

SAO 2: Hulili Ke Kukui will serve as a pu?uhonua (safe space) for all Native Hawaiian students to increase their recruitment, retention, graduation, university transfer, and employment.

Hulili Ke Kukui will achieve this by:

  • Identifying the unique needs of non-traditional Native Hawaiian students and providing them with appropriate wrap-around services to foster their success,
  • Developing and implementing innovative strategies to support student success,
  • Developing strategic partnerships with selected businesses, industry, and training providers to better respond to workforce development and training requirements, and
  • Collaborating with campus departments to support student success.

SAO 2: Hulili Ke Kukui will serve as the pike (core) for the institutionalization of Native Hawaiian cultural values across faculty and staff development, leadership, and campus programs.

Hulili Ke Kukui will achieve this by:

  • Supporting the development of Hawaiian/Asian/Pacific (HAP) focused courses,
  • Integrating Native Hawaiian culture and place in the new employee orientation processes,
  • Providing opportunities for professional development in the integration and implementation of Native Hawaiian culture and place-based education,
  • Improving efforts to recruit and retain Native Hawaiian faculty, staff, and administrators, and
  • Advocating for the institutionalization of programs and positions that support the campus's Native Hawaiian student population.

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