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


Kainalu Steward


Aloha nui kākou! My name is Kainalu Steward and I was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui. This is my third year at UH Hilo with a major in Hawaiian Studies and a minor in Agriculture. On my free time I love to surf, volunteer at the loko iʻa, or just listen to roots reggae music. I also enjoy connecting with others and giving back to the community. I like to use science as a tool to better understand the past of our kupuna and apply it to improve our current natural resources. I think its important for kanaka maoli to be involved and seek higher education!

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

Caitlin Poe


Aloha mai kākou! My name is Caitlin Poe and I am from the island of Hawaiʻi, born in Kona, and raised mostly in Hilo. I am a junior at UH Hilo, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Hawaiian Studies. I am the English and writing tutor at Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. I love visual arts, poetry, and going out to the movies and the beach with family and friends. I enjoy learning subjects such as: English, psychology, Hawaiian history, ethnic studies, and indigenous politics. Please come and see me for any assistance!

Temaʻuonukuhiva Teikitekahioho-Wolff


Aloha pūmehana kākou! My name is Temaʻuonukuhiva Teikitekahioho-Wolff. I am a senior here at UH Hilo studying a double major in Hawaiian Studies & Marine Science, and also pursuing a minor in Mathematics. I was born in Hilo and raised in the fragrant hala scented walls of Puna. I am of Marquesan, Hawaiian, Chinese, and Dutch decent. I am 21 years old and am currently in my senior year. I enjoy learning about Polynesian cultures, surfing, spearfishing and cooking sustainably. I am looking forward to a prosperous and exciting school year for all of us!

Peer Advisor

Leimana Puʻu


Aloha kākou! My name is Leimana but most people call me “Lei.” I am from the island of Maui. My family is from the ʻāina of Wailuanui, ʻUlaʻino, and Kūʻau. I love to throw net, fish, and enjoy kai kine tingz. I am a Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language major with a minor in Agriculture. “Catch” me around campus and Kīpuka!



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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