Hawaiian Center

Hawaiian Center brochure

Hulili Ke Kukui (The Blazing Light of Knowledge)

Building 20

The Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center is committed to actively preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and values. The Hawaiian Center offers an array of comprehensive services that strengthens the college’s educational programs and enable students of Hawaiian ancestry to succeed in their academic, career and individual endeavors. The Center is open to ALL students and faculty and services include:

Kaleialoha Lum-Ho,Hawaiian Center Coordinator
(808) 845-9176, hulilik@hawaii.edu

Kahale Saito, Native Hawaiian Counselor
(808) 845-9112, fsaito@hawaii.edu

Poʻi Na Nalu (Where The Wave Breaks)

Po'ina Nalu brochure

Building 20, Room 1
Poʻi Na Nalu Website

Poʻi Na Nalu (Where the Wave Breaks) is the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP) at Honolulu Community College. The program is sponsored by Alu Like, INC and funded through a Carl Perkins Grant from the US Department of Education. The goal of the program is to prepare Native Hawaiian students with options for careers in the global economy through the completion of a vigorous and culturally appropriate career and technical education degree program. Resulting degrees and certificates serve as preparation for employment in high demand, high skill or high wage careers in Hawaiʻi's sectors of the global economy.

The Program is eligible to students who are:

  1. Native Hawaiian
  2. Enrolled in a Career & Technical Education or STEM program at Honolulu Community College (Honolulu Community College must be your home campus)
  3. In good academic standing (min cum GPA of 2.0)

Participating students can access a variety of support services including:

  • College & Career Developement Workshops
  • Cultural Enrichment Workshops
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Field trips to four-year campuses, cultural sites and professional fields
  • Tutoring and Peer Mentoring
  • Academic Advising
  • Loan out program (text books, laptops, electronics, etc. for ACTIVE students only)
  • Makawalu College Transfer Conference to UH Hilo and UH Manoa (for ACTIVE students only)
  • Kau Wela Summer Bridge (FREE core classes - for ACTIVE students only)
  • Paid internships (for ACTIVE students only)
  • Class certification/licensure support (for ACTIVE students only)

If you meet the eligibility requirements and you are interested in applying for Po’i Na Nalu, please stop by the Hawaiian Center and our staff will assist you.

Greg Kashigi, Program Manager
(808) 844-2322, gkashigi@hawaii.edu

Kathleen Ballesteros, Educational Specialist
(808) 844-2347, ks@hawaii.edu

Ho ʻāla Hou: Renewing a Pathway to Student Success

“Ho ʻāla Hou” is a Title III funded program at Honolulu Community College that proposes to increase access, enrollment and successful completion of academic credentials of Native Hawaiian students. The first goal of the program is to establish an enrollment pathway to Honolulu Community College for Native Hawaiian students and create a sense of place at the college for Native Hawaiians that is culturally significant and relevant. This will be done through a series of four activities which include: (1) Developing and implementing a culturally appropriate outreach and recruitment plan focused on increasing access and enrollment to the college by Native Hawaiians, (2) Creating a team of peer mentors to outreach to the community and establish community based partnerships, (3) Erecting a halau (community gathering space) through traditional community building practices, and (4) Creating a digital cultural and historial bilingual (Hawaiian and English) tour of the campus and native plant species.

The second goal is to create a culture and place-based training program for faculty, staff, and administrators aimed at infusing Hawaiian culture, traditions and values in teaching, learning and service in order to support student success and completion. This will be done through a series of three activities which include: (1) Creating a culture and place-based training program based on the Hawaiian resource management system of ahupua‘a and ‘Ike ‘Aina, (2) Establishing a cohort of mentors to sustain what is learned through the training
program, and (3) Using technology to deliver the training materials for future use.

Paul Kalani Ka‘awa Flores, Jr., Program Manager
(808) 845-9489, pflores@hawaii.edu

Kevin Akiyama, Academic Specialist
(808) 844-2322, akiyamak@hawaii.edu

Hauʻoli Elarco, Native Hawaiian Culture and Place-Based Coordinator
(808) 845-9431, jelarco@hawaii.edu

Paul Tanaka, Multimedia Specialist
(808) 845-9449, ptanaka6@hawaii.edu