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

Native Hawaiian Student Leadership Conference

Upcoming Event

Past Event

Hōʻeu, Kukupu, ʻĪnana

Native Hawaiian Student Leadership Conference
Description Pictures

Kīpuka held a Native Hawaiian Student Leadership Conference, "Hōʻeu, Kukupu, ʻĪnana," on April 23 - 24, 2016 at Haleʻōlelo at UH Hilo. This conference targeted Native Hawaiian students at UH Hilo, HawCC, and seniors from Hawaiʻi Island charter and high schools.

Conference activities included keynote speakers, session speakers, huakaʻi (field excursions), workshops, entertainment, and more! Videos coming soon.

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



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.

For more information or to sign up, please contact:

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

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