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Seniors wishing to expand their horizons are invited to take regular courses at UHM through the Senior Citizen Visitor's Program, special courses and workshops through UHM Outreach College, and Get/Stay Fit courses through the UHM Recreation Services. Retirees may also become members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Information about each program is available below.

Learning links adapted from the OLLI website are available on our resources page.

Take Free Classes at UHM through the Senior Citizen Visitor Program

The Senior Citizen Visitor Program (SCVP) allows Hawai`i’s senior citizens to “visit” courses that are offered at the UH Mānoa free of charge. Visitors are exempt from payment, no credit is awarded and no permanent records are retained in the Office of Admissions and Records. Senior citizen students who wish to enroll in courses to receive credit are required to pay the same tuition and fees as other students and to register online.

About 300 senior citizens visit classes at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa each semester. They add to the diversity of campus culture and contribute from their life experience to the classroom setting.


Take Non-Credit Courses and Workshops through Outreach College

The UHM Outreach College offers a variety of non-credit courses and workshops for nominal fees that are open to the entire community. A sample list of courses is provided below:

  • Arts & Culture
    • Beginning Watercolor: Finding Your Way in the Process
    • It Figures: a Multi Media Approach to Exploring the Human Form as Sculpture
    • Bronze Casting
    • Oil/Acrylic Painting on Location
    • Beginning Rhythm Tap Dance
    • Tell Well Storyteller Incubator
  • Business & Management
    • Art of Leadership
    • Coaching: Bringing Out the Best in Others
    • Handling Emotions under Pressure
    • Personal Strategies for Navigating Change
  • Digital Media
    • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
    • Color Theory Overview
    • Elements of Film/ Video Production - Screen writing / Camera / Sound
    • Producing the Documentary
    • Photography
    • The Art of Creating a Portfolio
    • Blogging for Fun, Profit, or Influence
  • Special Courses
    • Aquaculture
  • Health & Fitness
    • Golf
  • Language
    • Hawaiian
    • Japanese
  • Personal Finance
    • Personal Finance Money Management

>> See All Noncredit Courses/ Workshops


Take Get/ Stay Fit Classes through UHM Recreation Services

UHM Recreation Services offers a variety of get & stay fit courses for nominal fees that are open to the entire community. A sample list of courses is provided below:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • Transformation Fitness Boot Camp
  • Zumba Fitness
  • Aerobics
  • Hula Aerobics
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Afro-Caribbean Dance
  • Salsa Workshop
  • Hula
  • Ukulele
  • Tai Chi
  • Internal Kung Fu

>> See all Get/ Stay Fit Courses


Engage in Courses and Special Multidisciplinary Projects through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is an educational program that offers courses and special multidisciplinary projects to encourage individuals from all walks of life to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the community.

The Osher Institute, formerly known as the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL), is now a year-round program thanks to three generous grants of $100,000 each and two $1 million endowments from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation. The foundation supports a wide variety of educational and community projects and sustains a growing network of 115 university-based lifelong learning programs in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

For a listing of OLLI national websites, access the University of Southern Maine site and click on Other/Osher LLI Websites.