Pi‘i ka nalu, hokua ka nalu, po‘i ka nalu a pae (The wave rises, the wave crests, the wave breaks, then one comes ashore.)
Established in 1995, Po‘i Nā Nalu is Honolulu Community College’s oldest Native Hawaiian-serving program. Its goal is to prepare Native Hawaiian students for employment into high-demand occupations with family-sustaining wages by providing vigorous and culturally appropriate opportunities for academic and professional success.
Funding for Po‘i Nā Nalu is provided by the Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) program of the U.S. Department of Education, as part of an award totaling $1,333,828, with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by NHE, the U.S. Department of Education, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.ed.gov.
To participate in Po‘i Nā Nalu, students must be:
- Native Hawaiian ancestry
- Honolulu Community College must be your home campus
- Enrolled in a Career & Technical Education or STEM program
- In good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0)
How to Apply
Applications for Poʻi Nā Nalu are accepted year-round based upon your eligibility and availability of space. To apply, please complete and submit the Poʻi Nā Nalu application.
Services We Offer
Po‘i Nā Nalu supports the academic and professional goals of our participants through a variety of services.
There is free money out there waiting for you! Many organizations and donors are looking to help students like you alleviate educational costs. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for most need-based scholarships.
Staff & Peer Mentors
‘Ale Po‘i Newsletter
The ‘Ale Po‘i newsletter keeps participants updated on Po‘i Nā Nalu events and opportunities. Filled with pictures, important announcements, and student-focused stories, it makes an easy and informative read. Highlights of the newsletter include: Scholarship Announcements, Campus and Community Resources, Internship Opportunities, Huaka‘i and Workshops, Student Success Stories, and Hawaiian Word of the Month.