Hawaiian Center

Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center will be temporarily closed from August 31 to September 11. We will continue to deliver our services remotely but the Center (including the computer lab) will be closed during this time. If you need any assistance, please contact us at hulilik@hawaii.edu.

Contact the Hawaiian Center via email (hulilik@hawaii.edu), phone (808) 845-9176 or virtually (Zoom) to set up a remote appointment.

Hulili Ke Kukui Fall 2020 Services

The Center will be open during the Fall semester to service campus students and employees but we are not currently open to the public. Hulili Ke Kukui is open Monday thru Friday from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm. We will be delivering our full range of services and activities online this semester and we our in-person services are limited to:

  • Use of computers for school related work, including videoconferencing synchronous classes (i.e. ZOOM), completing homework assignments, and completing school paperwork. The Computer Lab is limited to 4 students at a time. If you are coming to the lab for a class conducted using videoconferencing, you must use headphones (not provided) and respect the other people in the Computer Lab.
  • Remote appointments with staff are preferred but if you are on campus and you need assistance right away, we do accept walk-ins.
  • Please review our visitor protocols below for instructions on what to do if you want to visit the Hawaiian Center.
  • All Hawaiian Center workshops and events will be held remotely this semester. Please check out the iKEA Website for information about upcoming workshops focused on college and career development. Cultural workshops and presentations will be announced at a later date. Please make sure you check your email for updates.
  • All Hawaiian Center staff are available for remote appointments. Please use STAR Balance to book an appointment or call/email our staff for assistance. If you are unfamiliar with STAR Balance, UH has created a guide to walk you through the steps to book an appointment online.

Visitor Protocols

Prior to arriving on campus each day, all students and employees must perform a health check on Lumi-Sight. If you are cleared by Lumi-Sight, you may come to campus and use the services at the Hawaiian Center. All students and visitors are required to wear face masks on campus and when indoors (e.g., classrooms, laboratories, shops, and common spaces such as hallways and elevators) and where physical distancing is not possible. Face masks may not be appropriate for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities where its use may pose a health or safety risk. For those individuals who utilize an alternate face covering or shield, increased distancing must be maintained (more than six feet apart) at all times.

The Hawaiian Center is located on the second floor of Building 5, makai of the traditional hale at the piko (center) of the campus. When you come to the Center, please wait at the main entrance and one of our staff will assist you.

  • If you are visiting to see one of our staff, someone will retrieve the staff for you. If they are not available, we will take your information and leave a note for the person you are seeking. You can also email or call the person you are trying to reach.
  • If you are visiting the Center to use a computer, you will be asked to wait outside while we check to see that one is available. Please note that only four students at a time will be allowed to use the computers in the lab. When a computer is available, our staff will escort you to the lab and unlock a computer for you. Computer use is restricted to school purposes only at this time. When you are done using the computer, please notify our staff before you leave. Computer stations will be sanitized between uses and sneeze guards have been set up to protect your health and safety.

Any individuals who exhibit any of the following symptoms should not come to campus: fever over 100.4 degrees F, shortness of breath, dry cough, diarrhea, headache, nausea/vomiting, recent loss of smell or taste, chills, body aches. Any individuals who have been exposed to a member of their household with COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19 should not come to campus.

Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center Logo

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.


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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