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I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

The I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles is named for Hāloa, the Kalo ancestor of the Hawaiian people.

I Ola Hāloa office hours (including the Paepae ʻŌhua Native Hawaiian Student Success Center and Papaʻā Hale) are Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Staff are available to assist with mentoring, tutoring, Google, Laulima, Zoom, Microsoft, and more. Our Paepae ʻŌhua Center provides access to desktops, laptops and study areas. Appointments are required for use of HLS equipment (i.e. sewing machines). If you have any questions, please contact us at 808-934-2600 (phone) and (email).

Welina Mai!

I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles aims to provide Hawaiʻi Community College, its students, families, and communities with Hawaiian cultural learning and teaching programs from which they can successfully foundation their intellectual, spiritual, and economic base.

I Ola Hāloa reaffirms the importance of Hawaiian cultural Values and practices in higher education

Begun in 1999 through a grant sponsored by the Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Program of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III office, the initial activities of the project were designed to improve access, retention and graduation of Native Hawaiʻi students.

This Center was inspired by the vision and legacy of the late Edward Kanahele and Dr. Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, Professors of History and Hawaiian Studies, at Hawaiʻi Community College. They embedded the program with teaching and learning of their mother, the late Edith K. Kanakaʻole, an esteemed Kumu Hula and Hawaiian educator from Keaukaha, Hawaiʻi.

Academic Offerings

Hawaiian Studies Associate in Arts Degree (AA-HWST)

The Hawaiian Studies Associate in Arts Degree (AA) is a two-year Baccalaureate direct transfer Associate in Arts degree consisting of 61 semester credits at the 100 and 200 levels. The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies is designed for students who are preparing to transfer to a four year college or university and who have an interest in achieving a qualification that would be beneficial in the workforce or other areas of study where a foundational knowledge of the Native Hawaiian host culture can complement their worldview.

Hawai‘i Life Styles Academic Subject Certificate (ASC-HWST-HLS)

The Hawai‘i Life Styles Academic Subject Certificate supports students interested in exploring and experiencing Native Hawai‘i Life Styles. Learners may specialize in the Subject Certificate while fulfilling the program requirements for other majors at Hawai‘i CC. The curriculum provides a strong, functional Hawai‘i Life Styles foundation..

Paepae ʻŌhua

PAEPAE ʻŌHUA NATIVE HAWAIIAN STUDENT SUCCESS SERVICES is a gathering place for Hawai‘i Community College students to experience a safe, nurturing environment for learning. Our Center embraces Native Hawai‘i practices of ‘Ohana, family caring and nurturing, and Aloha, love and respect for each other. Our foundation is formed by the teaching and learning of Hawai‘i Life Styles philosophy and belief that all students can reach their potential.

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Ha‘akūmalae-Into the Center of Knowing...
is the official Hawai‘i protocols program at Hawai`i Community College. Delivered by the I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawai‘i Life Styles, Ha‘akūmalae is sensational and engaging... a pulsing invitation to enter into the informed practices of Hawai‘i protocols as a way to keep us in balance with the natural, brilliant, and the very human world we live in today

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Kīpaepae as a ceremony is necessary for the introduction and transition into new spaces; it is a physical welcoming of an individual or individuals into a particular space as well as the nurturing of the spiritual transition into new environments and new understandings. The kīpaepae anchors the relationship of the spirit to its new environment

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