Placement Exams

The Hawaiian Language Placement Exam (HLPE) is required for students enrolling with prior Hawaiian language experience. If you have prior Hawaiian language experience (i.e., high school, Papa Kaiapuni, lived with native speakers, etc.), you must complete the HLPE in order to qualify for UH Mānoa back credits and/or waive credits.

The exam is also recommended for students enrolling in advanced courses in Hawaiian language. We encourage students who have not been recently engaged in using Hawaiian frequently to consider taking a placement exam if they are interested in taking advanced courses (300-400 level courses) in Hawaiian language.

For more information about the HLPE, click here. If you’re interested in taking the HLPE, please contact the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language academic advisor to make arrangements.

Kūlia i kanu‘u, i ka paepae kapu o Līloa.

Strive to reach the summit, to the sacred platform of Līloa.

Strive to do your best.