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Native Hawaiian Student Services (NHSS) is part of UH Mānoa’s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.  The mission of NHSS is to primarily serve Native Hawaiian students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa through a comprehensive, culturally respectful and academically competent program of student support and advising services.

Their efforts, resources, services and initiatives are specifically designed to increase recruitment, retention and matriculation of more Native Hawaiian students as they meet with success in achieving their educational goals and beyond.

NHSS is also driven by core values, which include:

  • Create & promote a Hawaiian place for learning,
  • Promote & advocate the learning of Hawaiian language, studies & education,
  • Recognize our kuleana (responsibility) to honor the traditions of our indigenous people & to promote social justice for Native Hawaiians,
  • Educate a highly knowledgeable, skilled, flexible, world-class Native Hawaiian work force

We have an overall Director and individual school Academic Advisors for Kawaihuelani (Hawaiian Language), Kamakakūokalani (Hawaiian Studies) and a Graduate Assistant for our Kēkelē Laeoʻo (master’s degree program).  We also have the services and expertise of an Outreach Counselor.   We have several staff engaged in a wide-range of student services programs and activities with a focus on Native Hawaiian students.

Our NHSS staff specializes in assisting Native Hawaiian students in all programs at the UH Mānoa campus. Students do not need to be majors at Hawaiʻinuiākea in Hawaiian Language or Hawaiian Studies to request services from our NHSS staff. We also extend our services to community college students with their transfer needs to UH Mānoa.

Our NHSS staff is here to support your personal and professional journey at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and beyond. We offer a range of student support services to reflect the diverse needs of our students who are Hawaiʻinuiākea majors and all Native Hawaiian students (regardless of major).  Some of our programs and services are federally-funded by the US Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Strengthening Institutions Program (Title III).

Here are some of the services and programs we provide with a focus on meeting the needs of our Native Hawaiian students:

  • Two student resource locations – Kamakakūokalani, Room 211 and Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 104
  • Free computer and printer access
  • Workshops on technology, graduate/professional school, and financial aid/scholarships
  • Seminars on special topics like sovereignty, Native Hawaiian-owned businesses
  • Internships
  • Community Huaka‘i – Hui Kū Maoli Ola, Kahana Valley, Paepae ‘o He‘eia
  • Academic advising for Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies majors
  • Academic counseling for all other majors
  • Wellness counseling and referral services
  • Hawaiʻinuiākea Graduation Ceremonies
  • Hawaiʻinuiākea Alumni Association
  • Academic Counseling & Referral Services
  • Personal Wellness Counseling & Referral Services
  • Student Lounge
  • Career Advising
  • Information on Graduate & Professional Schools
  • Community College Summer Cohort Program
  • Peer Tutoring in math, writing, and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Technology Capacity Building
  • Student Workshops
  • Summer Enrichment Program

We look forward to serving you during your time at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa!


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