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Hāʻawi Kōkua

Hā’awi Kōkua Program – Services for Students with Disabilities

200 W. Kawili Street – Manono Campus
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 934-2725

Mari M.I. Giel, M.A., MHRM
Hāʻawi Kōkua Program Counselor/Coordinator
Building 388, Room 106
Phone: (808) 934-2725

KŌKUA Assistive Technology Lab
Randiann Tokeshi, M.Ed
Student Support Specialist
Building 388, Room 104
Phone: (808) 934-2825

Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui Campus
Cameron Hee
Student Support Specialist
81-964 Hakeki’i Street
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750
Phone: (808) 969-8816

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act - Section 84.4 of the Federal rules and regulations governing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.., “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives or benefits from Federal financial assistance.”

Hawaii Community College (HawCC) is committed to a barrier-free campus and provides accommodations to ensure Students with Disabilities equal access to their education.  The Hāʻawi Kōkua Program provides assistance to a student who self-identifies as having a documented physical, learning, psychological, and/or sensory disability which limits their ability to fully participate in course study and campus activities at HawCC.  This program is voluntary and Students with Disabilities are not obligated to disclose any disability related information or are mandated to receive accommodations.

Students, who can provide documentation that indicates the existence of a disability as well as its substantial impact in limiting one or more major life activities, including leaning, are eligible for services.  The documentation should indicate whether the absence of special accommodation would limit or deny equal access and thus, result in discrimination.



Hawai'i Community College offers courses and programs at various campuses and physical locations, and is committed to providing equal access to all of these locations or course activities.

  • Priority registration if physical access is a concern
  • Relocation of classes, as the last resort to ensure physical access
  • Handicapped Parking stalls
  • Assistance in accessing library material
  • Materials provided in alternate formats such as assistance with RFB tape textbooks, or enlargement of printed material
  • Liaison with Hawaiʻi County Department of Education Special Education (DOE SPED) high school transition teachers and counselor, to ensure successful transition
  • Assistance with concurrent registration with UH-Hilo courses and activities

General Services

The Hāʻawi Kōkua Center Provides Students with Disabilities at Hawai’i Community College with:

  • Assistance in navigating application process
  • Referral and collaboration with private and state community agencies to support Students with Disabilities and their academic success
  • Referrals to non-credit classes to prepare for college English & Math.
  • Ongoing disability related Counseling and Support
  • Mediation with Faculty to advocate for the educational needs of students with disabilities.
  • Assurance for physical access
  • A commitment to provide equal access to all locations or course activities.
  • Understanding your Rights as a Person with a Disability
  • Activities and workshops offered to support and teach strategies for Academic Success.
  • COMPASS Placement Testing Accommodations
  • Counseling for Academic Success: attitude & motivation, time & money management, learning styles, test-taking strategies, note-taking techniques, memory techniques, and community & campus resources, to enhance student success

KŌKUA Technology Lab
Manono Campus
Building 388, Room 104


Pālamanui Campus
Building D – Student Services Office

The following Assistive Technology and adaptive equipment is available to support student accommodations and to foster independent learning.  Individual training and assistance for Assistive Technology is provided.

  • Interpretype Communication Assistive Technology
  • Computer Monitor Screen Enlarger
  • Kurzweil 3000- Text Reader
  • Zoom Text – Screen Enlarger
  • Speech Recognition Software
  • Sorenson – Video Relay Service
  • Wheelchair adapted desk and tables
  • Caption Maker Captioning Software
  • Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
  • Keyguard Visiflex
  • ClaroRead Word Prediction

Specialized Services

* The Program Counselor will determine all requests for reasonable accommodations. Decisions made regarding accommodations are individualized and based upon the current documentation and the program or course requirements

  • Classroom Note-takers
  • Digital Recorders
  • ECHO pens
  • ASL - Sign Language Interpreters
  • Speech to Text ECHO Assistive Technology
  • Specialized testing accommodations may include but not limited to:
  • Extended Time
  • Distraction Free Environment
  • Alternative format
  • Scribes , Readers
  • Computer equipment
  • Proxy exams for students

Students in need of disability-related accommodations are advised to contact the Hā’awi Kōkua Program as early as possible so that services may be arranged in a timely manner.

Students with Disabilities taking Distance Education Classes in the UH System

Students with Disabilities, who have identified with their home campus disabilities office, need to notify their home campus disability office of any DE courses taken at another campus.  The disability services representative from their home campus will notify the disability representative of the campus where the DE course in offered.  Documentation can be kept at the student’s home campus.  The accommodation letter will be generated by the disability representative of the campus where the DE course is offered.  Students with Disabilities are responsible for self-identifying in a timely manner and obtain their accommodation letter from the campus disability representative where the DE course is offered. 


For additional information and resources please see the attached documents below:

Strategies for Working with Individuals with Psychological Disabilities

Information about Individuals with Psychological Disabilities

Strategies for Working with Individuals diagnosed with Learning Disabilities

Information about Students with Learning Disabilities

Strategies for Working with Individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Information about Students with Autism Spectrum

Strategies for Working with Individuals diagnosed with ADHD

Information about Students with ADHD/ADD


Contact Information

Manono Campus:
Hāʻawi Kōkua Center
Phone: (808) 934-2825

Mari Giel, M.A., MHRM
Bldg. 388, Room 106
Phone: (808) 934-2725

Kokua Technology Lab
Randiann Tokeshi, M. Ed.
Bldg. 388, Room 104
Phone: (808) 934-2825
Fax: (808) 934-2501

Palamanui Campus:
Office of Student Services
Cameron Hee
Phone: (808) 969-8823
Fax: (808) 322-4839