Welina mai me ke aloha! Welcome to Honolulu Community College’s Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center. The Center was established as part of the college’s efforts to make the University of Hawai‘i one of the world’s foremost indigenous-serving institutions and fulfills the college’s kuleana (responsibility) to the Native Hawaiian Community.
CHANGES RELATED TO COVID
We continue to provide the following services virtually. You can book an appointment with our staff via STAR Balance, phone, or email.
- Academic and career advising via phone, email, and video conferencing
- Personal counseling via phone, email, and videoconferencing
- Assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications
- Virtual activities to promote Hawaiian culture, language, and history (please check our calendar of events for updates)
- College and Career development workshops through the iKEA series
- Hawaiian culture and ‘aina-based professional development workshops
- Referrals to additional support services
Who We Are
The Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center is part of the college’s Kulana Hawai‘i Hawaiian Division, which is a unique organization in the University of Hawai‘i system that comprises Na Papa Hawai‘i (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 service area outcomes are available below.
We are located in the upstairs makai wing of Building 5 (next to the Hale ‘Aina/Cafeteria), just adjacent to the traditional hale at the piko (center) of campus.
Services We Offer
Hulili Ke Kukui provides an array of services to support its mission to preserve the Hawaiian Culture and support Native Hawaiian students. As part of an indigenous-serving institution, the Center provides academic, career and transfer advising, co-curricular activities that promote culture-based education and enrichment events. While some programs are specific to Native Hawaiian students, most services are open to everyone. Hulili Ke Kukui services include:
- Student lounge & study space
- Cultural enrichment workshops
- Academic, career and transfer advising
- Mālama ‘Āina Days (service learning opportunities)
- Academic tutoring and mentoring
- Computer Lab and printing
Ho‘āla Hou Program
Ho‘āla Hou is a Title III funded program at Honolulu Community College (HonCC) 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 HonCC for Native Hawaiian students and create a sense of place at the college for Native Hawaiians that is culturally significant and relevant. Learn more about the program
Niuhelewai Scholars Project
Niuhelewai Scholars provides Honolulu residents with an opportunity to try college for free. Niuhelewai is the name of the ʻili upon which HonCC sits and was also the name of a stream that once flowed through the campus area. The name literally translated means “coconut moving waters” and refers to the coconuts that would fall from trees that used to line Niuhelewai Stream and travel downstream. We believe this name provides an apt metaphor for the journey that participating students will embark upon while attending school. The program provides scholarships and academic support to participants to attain certificates and associates degrees at HonCC or just to try taking a few college courses! Learn more about the program
Po‘i Nā Nalu Program
Established in 1995, Po‘i Nā Nalu is HonCC’s oldest Native Hawaiian-serving program. As the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education program, its goal is to prepare Native Hawaiian students for employment in high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand careers in the CTE and STEM sectors of the global economy by providing vigorous and culturally appropriate opportunities for academic and professional success. Sponsorship is provided by ALU LIKE, Inc. and funded through a Carl Perkins grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the program
Native Hawaiian STEM Programs
HonCC offers five academic programs that are designated as STEM focused:
- Architectural, Engineering, & CAD Technologies (AEC)
- Computing, Security, & Networking Technology (CSNT)
- Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology (EIMT)
- Natural Sciences (NS)
- Occupational & Environmental Safety Management (OESM)
Native Hawaiians have historically been underrepresented in the STEM fields, but enrollment at HonCC has grown steadily over the last five years. In Fall 2012, STEM majors represented 10.2% of overall Native Hawaiian enrollment and by Spring 2017 enrollment increased to 13.3%. In addition, when the Associate of Science in Natural Science degree was introduced in Fall 2014, only two Native Hawaiian students were enrolled and by Spring 2017 the enrollment was 14.
There are currently four grant-funded programs at HonCC that support this growth. Eligible students may gain undergraduate research experience, develop connections between Western science and their culture, participate in place-based activities and earn stipends to support their academic pursuits.
*Hours are subject to change. On rare occasions the Hawaiian Center is closed for off site activities. Follow our social media accounts and check the Calendar of Events for announcements.
Hui ‘Ōiwi Hawaiian Club
To perpetuate the Hawaiian culture by providing a co-curricular experience for students to gain knowledge about the Hawaiian culture, while providing an outlet for an enhancing student experience.
Hui ‘Ōiwi Faculty Advisor
Hui ‘Ōiwi Faculty Advisor