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. 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.
To participate in Po‘i Nā Nalu, students must be:
- Native Hawaiian
- Enrolled in a Career & Technical Education or STEM program at Honolulu Community College (Honolulu Community College must be your home campus)
- Completed at least one semester of college
- In good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0)
How to Apply
Applications for Po‘i Nā Nalu are accepted year-round, but space is limited. To apply, please complete and submit the following application through UH File Drop (View Instructions) to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Po‘i Nā Nalu office. Acceptance is based upon your eligibility and availability of space.
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.
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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.
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