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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs


He Ipu Kāʻeo

He Ipu Ka‘eo was created to direct you to valuable resources available to Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. See below for information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services.

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarships

The following scholarships are administered by the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. Visit Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarship Manager for details about each fund and specific requirements.

Blossom Kalama Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund

For college juniors, seniors or graduate students of Hawaiian ancestry.

Elena Albano “Makaʻalohilohi” Scholarship Fund

For Maui County residents in recovery from a mental health, behavioral or psychological disability, who are pursuing a traditional or vocational education program.

Ida M. Pope Memorial Scholarship

For women of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing a major in one of the following fields: health, science or education (includes counseling & social work).

Jean Ileialoha Beniamina Scholarship for Ni‘ihau Students Fund

For students who are residents of Kaua‘i or Ni‘ihau Island. Preference given to current Ni‘ihau residents or Kaua‘i residents who are one or two generations removed from Ni‘ihau Island and to students who are proficient or fluent in the Hawaiian language.

Ka‘ehu Scholarship Fund

For students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree with a preference for women of Hawaiian ancestry that identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and/or transgender) and have participated in community service, club and/or high school athletics.

Rosemary & Nellie Ebrie Fund

For Native Hawaiian students that were born and currently reside on the island of Hawai‘i.

Hoʻoulu Scholarship Fund

For Pacific Islander students, including Hawaiians, who have completed at least one year of college, “stopped out” for at least one year, and are now returning to actively pursue a college degree.

Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarships

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu

Application available at http://www.hcchonolulu.org/scholarship-program/. Preference is given to members of HCCH in good standing, including directly-related family members.

Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club

Application available at www.pkhcc.org. Preference given to Hawaiian students that have done community service or volunteer work, as well as students in pursuit of degrees in Hawaiian language, studies and culture, Journalism or Education. Contact: Cyr Pakele, cypakele@ksbe.edu or (808) 842-8934. Email applications will not be accepted.

Mākaha Hawaiian Civic Club

Preference given to Hawaiian students interested in completing a vocational training program.
Contact: kaluhiokalanik@aol.com for an application.

Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club

For information visit https://phhcc.weebly.com/

‘Ahahui Siwila ‘O Kapolei

For information email kapoleihcc@yahoo.com

Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club

For more information email drelison@gmail.com

Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club


Waikīkī Hawaiian Civic Club

For more information email malianob@gmail.com

More Native Hawaiian Scholarships

Chaminade University

Alaka’ina Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Scholarships for students of Hawaiian ancestry attending Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chaminade Admissions Office (808) 739-8340, admissions@chaminade.edu

Kamehameha Schools

Na Ho‘okama a Pauahi and ‘Imi Na‘auao Scholarship
Oʻahu (808) 534-8080, Toll Free 1-800-842-4682

Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation

To qualify for Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Foundation scholarships, scholars must be registered with the Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center. The registration process may take up to 10 weeks. (808) 534-3966
Learn more about the Pauahi Foundation

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

Learn more about the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program – Papa Ola Lōkahi

(808) 597-6550 x203, Apply to the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Kuaʻana Tuition Waivers

Kuaʻana Tuition Waivers support students attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus.
(808) 956-5945 or (808) 956-2644,
Kuaʻana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services

Honolulu Community College Hawaiian Tuition Waiver

The Hawaiian Tuition Waiver supports Native Hawaiian students accepted into a degree seeking program at Honolulu Community College, who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half time (6 or more credits). Learn more about HCC scholarships


Hana Lima Scholarships
(808) 535-6734, kokamau@alulike.org, www.alulike.org/hlsp/
For vocational and technical education

Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

1-877-808-7032, Learn more about the Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Second Century Scholarship

To be eligible, Native Hawaiian students in the UH system that demonstrate financial need should apply for financial aid through their campus financial aid offices. Contact the UH financial aid office on your home campus for more information.

For a listing of scholarships available to University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Students visit:

University of Hawaiʻi Financial Aid Offices

There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans. Financial aid awards may include a combination of these types of aid. Currently enrolled and newly admitted college students may apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are a student in the University of Hawai‘i system, contact your home campus to learn more about financial aid available to you.

Support Services for Native Hawaiian Students

College campuses provide support services designed to help students succeed. Here are just a few of the programs available at University of Hawai‘i campuses that are tailored specifically to assist Native Hawaiian students.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Native Hawaiian Student Services Program: provides tutoring, free computer and printing access, academic counseling, internship programs, wellness counseling, technology workshops, and community huaka‘i (fieldtrips). Services are open to all Native Hawaiians regardless of major. Call (808) 956-4753 or visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/nhss/financial-aid-scholarships/scholarship-list/ for more information.

Kua‘ana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services

KNHSDS sponsors an annual financial aid fair and a comprehensive community service program designed especially for Native Hawaiian students to interact with programs, projects and issues in the Hawaiian community. Kua‘ana also provides peer support, access to scholarship opportunities, and support for all Native Hawaiian students in STEM-related programs. Call (808) 956-2644 or visit www.hawaii.edu/kuaana/ for more information.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center: provides academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, assistance with financial aid, especially scholarships giving preference to Hawaiians, and career planning and preparation including placement with mentors and internships on and off campus. Call (808) 933-0897 or visit http://kipuka.uhh.hawaii.edu/ for more information.

Maui College

Kaiao Student Success Center: provides students with guidance and support in helping them to achieve their educational goals through cultural enrichment activities that include field trips, hands-on cultural experiences, and networking with other Hawaiian students. Kaiao offers tutoring and counseling services, and a computer lab for student use. Call (808) 984-3405 or visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/kaiao for more information.

Honolulu Community College

The Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center is committed to actively preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and values. The Native Hawaiian Center offers academic advising, career development, four year transfer assistance, and tutoring. Call (808) 847-9805 or visit https://www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/hawaiian for more information.

Po‘i Nā Nalu provides Native Hawaiian students in career and technical education programs with support services to successfully navigate through higher education and beyond. Call (808) 845-9176 or visit https://www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/services/hawaiian-center/poi-na-nalu/ for more information.

Kapi‘olani Community College

The Kapoʻoloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success exists to ensure that Kapi’olani Community College (KCC) programs and services are equitable for student of Hawaiian ancestry. The program provides a solid foundation for students by reinforcing the importance education by promoting personal growth and development within the social, community and cultural contexts of Hawai’i’s history.  Program services are provided at the Manele lab including peer tutoring, academic advising, computer access, and assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications. Call (808) 734-9714, email kapnhss@hawaii.edu  or visit https://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/support-and-campus-life/kapooloku/ for more information.

Kūlia ma Kapiʻolani, a Native Hawaiian Career & Technical Education project, assists Native Hawaiian students pursuing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in graduating and seeking employment in their chosen fields. Call Sydney Dickerson, Student Support Specialist, at (808) 734-9654, ssfd@hawaii.edu or visit https://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/support-and-campus-life/kulia-ma-kapiolani/.

Lunalilo Scholars identifies individual needs and provides support, tools and resources for Native Hawaiian students to build a foundation for success in their first year of college. Call Lavache Scanlan at (808) 734-9371, email lunalilo@hawaii.edu, or visit http://fye.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/lunalilo-scholars-2/.

Hawaiʻi Community College

Paepae ‘Ōhua Native Hawaiian Student Services Program promotes a holistic Hawaiian cultural foundation experience which empowers all learners to maximize their potential by supporting personal development, cultural identity, and academic success. For more information visit https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/i-ola-haloa/paepae-ohua.



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