The Ke Ala Pono Student Development Program supports the vision and goals of Kīpuka by providing services that support academic success of Native Hawaiian students within an intellectually stimulating and culturally responsive environment.

Support Services Available

Peer Mentorship Program

The Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center - Ke Ala Pono Peer Mentorship Program provides support to new students enrolled in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Students (mentees) that participate in this program will partner with Peer Mentors with comparable backgrounds, majors, and interests. This will be a structured partnership that is designed to help mentees acclimate to this new academic environment. The overall purpose is to support Native Hawaiian student success and retention.

  • The development of successful study habits
  • Provide guidance and academic support through tutoring, group work, brainstorming, etc.
  • Help student get acclimated to the college environment by "showing them the ropes"
  • Provide support, advice, and encouragement


Subject Areas:
  • ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
  • English & Writing
  • Math & Science

Academic Advising

  • College and career planning
  • Degree pathways mapping
  • Course selection
  • Scholarship / FAFSA support
  • Academic probation advising
  • Academic / Financial aid appeals
  • Transfer support
  • General advising
  • Connecting students to available resources

Technology Use

  • Designated for use by registered students only.
  • Students must sign the COMPUTER USE AGREEMENT prior to using any of the computers.
  • Terms for computer use are detailed on the agreement.
  • IMPORTANT: (1) Collateral for the laptops must be provided.
    • Student identification cards are preferred.
    • However Passports, driver’s licenses, or State IDs can also be used as collateral.

Mālama Kaiāulu (Community Service)


The Mālama Kaiāulu Program coordinates culturally relevant community service activities within engaging learning environments. Work sites are located both on and off campus. Student participants can apply accumulated hours to scholarship and course requirements.

For more information or to sign up, please contact:

Kalei Baricuatro
Student Leadership Development Facilitator
Email: mbaricua@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 932--7509
Fax: (808) 932--7421

Peer Mentors

Kalākaua Technology Lab


The Kalākaua Technology Lab is a supportive learning environment and study area with resources that help to ensure student success. In addition to the availability of Tutors and Peer Mentors, students can utilize the following resources:


PB 10 - 1

Operation Hours

9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. -- Monday - Thursday
9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. -- Friday


  • Black & White
  • Color
Students may:
  1. Use Recycled paper
  2. Bring their own paper
  3. Ask Kīpuka staff for paper

Copy Machine

  • Black & White
  • Color
Copies are limited to 5 pages.

NOTE: It is prohibited to copy any copy-written materials (IE: textbooks, journals, pamphlets, etc.)

Binding & Laminating

Please see Kalākaua Technology Lab Front Desk

Peer Tutors

Peer Tutors

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Tutor

Isaac (Ikaʻaka) Pang


ʻAuhea ʻoukou e nā lehua popohe o ka Ua Poʻolipilipi i ka Unulau e mehana ai ko Hilo ʻāina nei. Waipuna lau ke aloha o kākou, ʻO au ʻo ʻIkaʻaka, he kāī koi o ka Ua Kanilehua, no Punahoa mai au. He laepua kaʻu ma ka Haʻawina Hawaiʻi a me ke Kālaikanaka. He kākoʻo mākau ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi au no Kīpuka NHSC a he moho laeoʻo au ma Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani. ʻO ka hoʻokani pila a me ka ʻiʻimi ʻana i ka ʻike Hawaiʻi kekahi o koʻu mau nanea hialaʻai. He haumāna mau nō hoʻi au. E noke aʻe kākou ma ka noiʻi noelo ʻana i ka ʻike manomano, a lilo kākou ʻo kākou nā kumu hālikelike kūpono o nā hanauna e hiki mai ana. E kipa mai iaʻu e kōkua aku/kōkua mai, e kūkākūkā, e kūkahekahe, e ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. E ola ka Hawaiʻi a mau loa aʻe!

Aloha, My name is Isaac or ʻIkaʻaka from Punahoa, Hilo. I have a BA in Hawaiian Studies, and Anthropology. I am currently a Hawaiʻian language tutor for Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center and a MA student at the Hawaiian language college, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani. Jamming music and seeking knowledge are some of my delightful relaxations. I am a student of life, for life. We should all continue to perservere in our academic journeys and become legit examples for the generations to come. Come by and talk stories about anything, but especially “ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi kine tings”.

Isaac Kealoha


Aloha nui kākou,
My name is Kealohapauʻole Ahuna, but mostly everyone calls me Kealoha. I was born and raised in Keaukaha, and I currently live in Wainaku. I am a “Super-Senior” this year at UH Hilo, majoring in History (with a focus on Hawaiian history) and Hawaiian Studies. I plan to graduate in May 2018. I am one of the Hawaiian-Language tutors in Kīpuka and I tutor students at all levels in their Hawaiian Language career, whether they are a first-year student in HAW 101 or a fourth-year student in KHAW 404. I also help students in practicing the “Mele Koleke” or songs that the college regularly chant/sing in order to help them prepare for ʻAha Piko or Lā Kulāia. I am happy to be a tutor for Kīpuka and look forward to seeing those of you who need kōkua!

Aloha nui,


STEM Tutor

Amy Odaira


My name is Amy Odaira and I was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand for eleven years. My family and I moved to Hilo for a better education.

I will be tutoring in Math & Science, from basic algebra to calculus and in Intro Biology, Chemistry, and some concepts in Organic Chemistry. Aside from these, I can also help out with basic Computer Science coding concepts. My strong subjects are primarily in Math. During the rare occasion when I have free time, I like to color, draw, music, photograph, do small crafts and surf through YouTube videos. Since English is not my first (or second) language I understand the struggle of trying to learn something completely outside my knowledge bubble. It can be overwhelming and frustrating but fortunately, I had a lot of tutoring help from teachers and fellow classmates. So in turn, I'd like to help others alongside their own academic journey because I know that tutoring can be a big help in anyone's learning career.



Makalapua Naʻauao is a new, innovative financial aid pilot program co-funded by the University of Hawaiʻi and Kamehameha Schools, part of the Hui Hoʻopili ʻĀina Partnership. The program will accept a cohort of up to 50 Native Hawaiian students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM) and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH) and offer them a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for up to 4 years, as long as students meet program requirements and follow guidelines as outlined in program documents and expectations.

Program is no longer accepting applications.

For more information please contact:

Hualani Loo
Student Development Coordinator
Email: loorache@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 932-7399
Fax: (808) 932-7421

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