Nā Pua No‘eau UH Mānoa

About Nā Pua No’eau

Nā Pua Noʻeau (NPN) is a University of Hawaiʻi program since 1989, and was founded by Dr. David Kekaulike Sing out of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Each of Nā Pua Noʻeau’s centers throughout UH’s campuses carry forth the firm belief that all Native Hawaiian children have inherited gifts to reach their potential.

In 2018 Nā Pua Noʻeau UH Mānoa became a program under Native Hawaiian Student Services (NHSS). With NPN UH Mānoa added to the ʻohana, NHSS is the only office throughout all of UH’s campuses to provide support programs from PreK-Kupuna.

Throughout the year NPN UH Mānoa provides enrichment programs grounded in Hawaiian culture and language as the foundation for keiki of all ages. With family engagement, college preparedness and summer enrichment opportunities, it is hoped students will be inspired to pursue their post high school and career pathway aspirations.

For more information on Nā Pua Noʻeau’s opportunities, call 956-0939.

Mission & Philosophy

The overall mission of Nā Pua Noʻeau is to inspire children of all ages so that they may accomplish their post high and career goals for the future. With both in-person and virtual programming, Nā Pua Noʻeau students and families throughout the State of Hawaiʻi and beyond are eligible to participate in our programs.

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Supporting Nā Pua No‘eau

If you would like to support the work of Nā Pua Noʻeau we have two UH Foundation accounts, to which anyone can make a tax deductible charitable donation.

Na Pua No‘eau-Manoa Fund

The Nā Pua Noʻeau Manoa fund is used to support the Center’s literacy, STEM and the arts programs throughout the year. Fund #121-9480-4.

Nā Pua Noʻeau Scholarship

This fund provides scholarship support to NPN alumni in their post high educational and career pathways. Fund #126-9310-4.


Nā Pua Noʻeau UH Mānoa provides a plethora of learning opportunities for children of all ages and their ʻohana, educators and community members through a number of collaborators.

These collaborations have and currently include:

  • Center on Disability Studies, UH Mānoa
  • Community Engagement Brant, State of Hawai‘i Department of Education
  • Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance
  • Hilo-Waiākea Complex Special Education District, State of Hawai‘i Department of Education
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pāhoa Complex Area, State of Hawai‘i Department of Education
  • Lili‘uokalani Trust
  • MA‘O Organic Farms
  • Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program, UH Mānoa
  • Nā Pua Noʻeau, Kaua‘i Community College
  • Nā Pua No‘eau, University of Hawai‘i Maui College
  • Nā Pua No‘eau, University of Hawai‘i West Hawaii
  • Office of Hawaiian Education, State of Hawai‘i Department of Education


In 2023, Nā Pua No‘eau UH Mānoa received the distinguished Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network (HICAN) Champions for Children “Unsung Hero” award for making a profound difference for keiki in their community.

Nā Pua No‘eau has provided programming to students of all ages, and family and community members in the several tens of thousands. Thousands of students have graduated from college and are employed in a multitude of professions and are “serving it forward” to Hawai‘i’s communities in a number of different ways.


Mo‘olelo & A Lullaby is a program for keiki grades PreK-3 and their ‘ohana where we bring together the areas of literacy and Hawaiian music. All ‘ohana are provided with the featured book for the event in advance so that they may read along with our guest artist. During our Mo‘olelo & A Lullaby program, our guest artist will also share mele (songs & music) for the entire family to enjoy!

Paint Pā‘ina is a visual arts and literacy program geared towards haumāna grades 4-12 and their ‘ohana. All participants are mailed in advance with a painting kit complete with paints, art canvases and brushes. Our kumu walk students and the ‘ohana step-by-step in completing their paintings while being provided with a mo‘olelo related to the theme.

‘Ohana Enrichment ma ka Hale is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) opportunity for haumäna of all ages grades PreK-12 and their ‘ohana. All participants are mailed in advance with a building kit where our teaching team guides students in building their projects while also integrating science and Hawaiian concepts and vocabulary. The hands-on projects integrate engineering, physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc. in a fun and engaging way for all audiences!

Let’s Cook Kākou is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) and culinary literacy event for keiki of all ages grades PreK-12 and their ‘ohana. In advance, ‘ohana pick up their supply kit which includes all of the ingredients needed to engage with the teaching team at this very hands-on event. ‘Ohana are provided with nutritional background, mathematics through measurements and Hawaiian terminology while cooking and learning together.

At Coll-Edge Bound, students in grades 6-12 are provided with hands-on and engaging activities while learning the in’s and out’s of what it takes to go to college. CB 360 themes include goal setting, exploring STEM career pathways and financial planning.

Summer Institute is our summer intensive program for students grades 6-12. During SI, students are immersed in a STEAM-focused class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) while also being provided with strong learning foundations grounded in Hawaiian culture and language. SI classes throughout the years have included engineering, Hawaiian and contemporary medicine, and music and videp production, just to name a few.

We Go Kākou! is a new immersive college preparation experience for 9-12th grade students. Participants are mailed in an advance a swag and mini project kit where they explore what it takes to pursue higher education while also learning about UH’s ten campuses and what exciting opportunities are provided at each of those sites.

Ho‘okumu No‘eau is a program and professional development series for all educators and community program providers who are wanting to know more about Nä Pua No‘eau while also being provided with hands-on strategies on how they can incorporate best practices for families and children of all ages.

Contact Nā Pua Noʻeau

Our office is located on the UH Mānoa campus in the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services.

Mailing Address:

Nā Pua Noʻeau UH Mānoa
2600 Campus Road, QLC 113
Honolulu, HI 96822


(808) 956-0939



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