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ARCHIVE: Newsletter 2/22/2021
Welina ke aloha from Native Hawaiian Student Services

Welina mai kākou,
Daily Virtual officer hoursMahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi came and soon departing. With one week left in February, we want to take this time to share a huge mahalo to those who have paved the way for ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and continue to do so for our future generations. We have a lot of presentations happening this week around ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, the first with Maluhia States TOMORROW at 4:30pm via Zoom. We also have our last Bookshelf presentation with Ākea Kahikina and Kaipu Baker sharing more around Hana Keaka on Thursday, February 25th.
We also have another semester filled with workshops for our Koko Aʻe Series and Hoʻomālamalama Series! We have a presentation with the LGBTQ+ Center through our Launa Pū Workshops happening this Thursday as well. Check out all the details and more below.
The Manawa Kupono Scholarship is now open! Check out how to register below. Please click here to direct you to our running list of scholarships and financial aid opportunities. This list will be updated throughout the school year as we receive updates from the many scholarships available. Please check back ever so often to see the updates. The Kuaʻana Tuition Waiver is still open as well to UH Mānoa students.
NHSS continues to remain committed to supporting the academic success and well being of our haumāna. Although our physical offices will remain closed until further notice, we will continue to host our Daily Virtual Student Support hours. Here you can meet with NHSS staff to learn more about program opportunities, share concerns, or seek help with guidance towards other student support resources. For more information as to how you can join us for our daily virtual hours, please Click hereto visit our Linktree.
Should you have any questions or need support, please contact us via email at
Ke aloha ʻāina,
Native Hawaiian Student Services

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Interested in donating to NHSS? Click here for more information and how you can donate to our UH Foundations – Student Aid funds. These funds will be used for students in emergent needs of financial assistance. Mahalo!

The Bookshelf: Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Hālau Hana Keaka with Kaipu Baker & Ākea Kahikina
Thursday, February 25th | Register Here

Kaipu Akea seen from the sholders up smiling with back to a wall. Hawaiian actors on stageThe last Bookshelf presentation for the month of February! This month we wanted to host current and former Hawaiʻinuiākea students as they showcase how ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is their kāhua in the work they do at UH Mānoa & in the community.
Our last Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Bookshelf will be this Thursday, February 25th with TWO haumāna laeoʻo, Kaipu Baker & Ākea Kahikina, from Hālau Hana Keaka at UH Mānoa. They will be presenting two separate presentations with Ākea Kahikina presenting “Hana Keaka and the Prism of Hawaiian Identity” and Kaipulaumakaniolono with “Nā Hana Keaka o ke Au Hou”.
He keiki hānau no nā pali hāuliuli ʻo Kaipulaumakaniolono. Ke kama i liko i ka ʻōpua haili i ka ʻiu kapu, i unoho i ka wai hiʻilei o Kahaluʻu. He haumāna hana keaka, a he moho MFA Hana Keaka Hawaiʻi e hoʻokāhua ana i kāna hana keaka mua ʻo He Leo Aloha i ka hāʻulelau 2021. He kupa kēia no Oneʻula, Honouliuli, a he kamaʻāina no Kuliʻouʻou, Kona ʻo Ākea. I am a actor-playwright-director that explores Hawaiian identity, Queerness, toxic masculinity, and intergenerational trauma.
This presentation will be hosted via Zoom (click here to register!), NHSS Facebook and YouTube pages this Thursday at 10am. See you then!

flyer: photo of fernsJoin Hale Paʻakea TOMORROW, February 23rd at 4:30pm with Instagram influencer Maluhia States as he discusses his approach in teaching ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in social media and entrepreneurship.
Maluhia State is currently a haumāna laeoʻo at Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language and is the owner of @ka_alala on Instagram.
Join us via Zoom, free and open to the public. Zoom information on the flyer. For inquires or questions, contact

Launa Pū: Get To Know Your Student Services

Starting Tuesday, February 16 | Hosted Virtually


LGBTQ+ flag with textTake a look at the next line up for our new series called Launa Pū! Each week will be partnering with other student services via zoom in order to help students get to know their resources. We would like to invite you to join us during our student drop-in hours while a representative from each student service shares the essentials about their program. We are so lucky to have the LGBTQ+ Center (2/25), KŌKUA Program (3/2), and Student Parents at Mānoa SP@m & Bridge to Hope (3/11) come and share unique services their programs offer. At the end of each presentation, we will hold time for students to ask questions.
Please contact our hosts, Keahi Johnson at and/or Aliese Arnold at for all questions and concerns.
Make sure to check out our instagram for more upcoming panels!
If you have any suggested questions that you would like to get answered by a specific program, please fill out this form prior to the presentation and we will make an effort to ask accordingly.

Flyer text and info on blue background Flyer: breadfruit with 2 leaves, text info

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Pau Hana me Ka Huli Ao

E kamaʻilio me kākou e piliana nā kānāwai a pehea e komo i ke Kula Kānāwai ʻo Richardson!
Flyer for Olelo Hawaii pau hana - icons: beer mug scale wine glass gavel E launa, inu a kamaʻilio pū me kekahi o nā haumāna mai ke Kula Kānāwai Richardson. Mākaukau ka panela o nā haumāna mai iā Richardson e pane i nā nīnau like ʻole ou i loaʻa ai e piliana nā mea like ʻole mai ka noi e kūkulu i kekahi hale pili kālā i Kapolei ma ka ʻāina o ke Keʻena o nā ʻĀina Hoʻokūʻonoʻono ā i ka palapala noi no ke Kula Kānāwai Richardson.
Join us via Zoom on February 25th to talk story and ask questions about the laws of Hawaiʻi and Richardson School of Law! Bring your drinks and hang out with us and some awesome students of Richardson!

NHSS Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Resources

Manuahi no ka lāhui | Click here to register!
Graphic: game pieces Olelo words to match with image of object / activity / animalGraphic: Olelo game, match plants with islands
NHSS has put together a handful of free resources, in collaboration with Kumu Kahanuola of @ehoopilimai, for our community! These resources includes memory card games, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi charades and worksheets put together by our NHSS Outreach team, Kamalei Marrotte & Allyson Franco. The idea of these resources is to encourage all of us to (continue to) learn ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in fun, interactive ways as well as create resources for our kumu & makua to distribute to our keiki.
To gain access to these resource, please click here to register and you will be added to our Google folder with all of the resources for Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and more! Please allow us 24-48 hours to add you to this folder. Should you have questions or thoughts, please reach out to Allyson Nuesca Franco at Mahalo!

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Tutoring with Mālamalono

Schedule your appointment via STAR Balance
Graphic: Ama'u Fern tip NHSS logo times and dates

Looking for kōkua with ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi? Schedule an appointment with our Hawaiian Language tutor, Mālamalono Hokama-Paris, via STAR Balance. Instructions on how to schedule an appointment is above! Should you have any questions, please contact us at with header “Attn: Hawaiian Language tutoring appointment help” so we may walk through the process. Mahalo and hope to see you soon (virtually)!

1. Search for Star Balance UH Mānoa in your search engine.
2. Find the link.
3. You will be taken to this page. Log in by pressing the “Log in” tab on the top right of the page.
4. Now you are here! Almost there! Look at the option bar located under the calendar on the left of the screen.
5. Locate and click the “College Student Services” tab.
6. Locate and click the “NHSS” tab. There you will look for and select my inoa, Mālamalono Hokama-Paris.
7. Now your screen looks like this.
8. Choose a date, then look for available appointment slots that may work for you, in blue.
9. Once you have a date and time selected, click the time and date in blue and complete this short 3 step reservation form. Please be thorough with this form.
10. After completing the reservation form you will be taken to the Appointment Detail Receipt where the confirmation of the appointment will be. You will also get an email to confirm your appointment.
11. You will know your appointment is reserved if the date and time you selected is now in yellow. To cancel appointments press the X on the date and time you reserved.

Hoʻomālamalama Workshops – Spring 2021

Sign up by clicking here

S21 Hoomalamalama Flyer - Carly _Ululani_ OlivaThe Ho’omālamalama Workshops will continue for the Spring 2021 semester. Join us for Art Party and Mental Health workshops on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm on Zoom.
We’ll be kicking off the semester on February 9 with a Lā’ī and Kūkui leaf lei making Art Party.
Students who participate in at least 3 workshops will entered to win prizes including Passion planner 2021 annual planner, Passion Planner desk calendar, and NHSS swag.
Register to participate by clicking here.
If you have questions about any of the workshops or would like more information contact Ululani Oliva, or Kēhaulani Arnold,

NHSS Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center
4th Annual Student Conference

March 18th-20th, 2021 | Hosted virtually


It is a pleasure to invite you to ‘Ike 2020, a conference organized by the Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center under Native Hawaiian Student Services. The conference will take place online via Zoom from March 18-20th. The conference will be half-day on each of the 3 days and will include a range of presentation formats, including keynote presentations and break-out sessions.
This time last year, we sent out a similar announcement with the conference theme ʻIke 2020, inspired by a culmination of events that have caused major shifts in both the political and social landscape of Hawaiʻi. Last year, we hoped our conference would help to illuminate the expanse of Hawaiian knowledge that has facilitated a sense of intellectual clarity among the lāhui, igniting action and invigorating the proliferation of a Hawaiian national consciousness. In this time of rapid change, a commitment to ʻike Hawaiʻi guides our visions of sustainable and just futures for both Hawaiʻi and the world. Today, this theme is still relevant as we reflect back on the huli and hulihia of 2020.
As this year’s theme, ʻIke 2020 is a call for presentations on scholarship that addresses the importance of engaging in kuleana to continue the growth of both Hawaiian knowledge and a Hawaiian national consciousness. This is a call for presentations on scholarship done by undergraduate and graduate students who engage in this kuleana in order to build sustainable futures for the next generations to come. We also invite presentations on scholarship that engage the huli of our time and possibilities for our future.
Although presentations are limited to UH System students and faculty, registration is open to both the UH community and the general Hawaiian community. Registration is free! The first 200 conference registrations will receive a free pin (sent after conference attendance).

Register for the Conference

Kuaʻana Tuition Waiver for SY 2021-2022

Application deadline: April 1, 2021 by 11:59pm

The Kua’ana Tuition Waiver is a financial need-based waiver for Native Hawaiian Undergraduate and Graduate students enrolled at UH Mānoa campus only. To be eligible for the 2021-2022 Kuaʻana Tuition Waiver you must: Be of Hawaiian ancestry, show financial need, be enrolled full-time, and carry at least 2.5 cumulative GPA (Graduate 3.0GPA).
Students receiving a Graduate or Employee Tuition Waiver may not be eligible for Kuaʻana.
For more information and eligibility please visit

Manawa Kupono Native Hawaiian Scholarship for SY 2021-2022

Application deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021

Flyer: Manawa Kupono kalo leaf with textThe primary intent of the Manawa Kūpono Native Hawaiian Scholarship is to provide financial support to full-time classified undergraduate and graduate students of Native Hawaiian ancestry enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa during the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
Preference will be given (but not limited) to:
  • Students who demonstrate academic promise and financial need.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Hawaiian Language or Early Childhood Education majors.
  • Graduates from the following ten target high schools: James B. Castle High School, Kailua High School, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻO Ānuenue, Nānākuli High School, Waiʻanae High School, Hāna High School, Hilo High School, Lānaʻi High School, Molokaʻi High School, and Waimea High School.
Applicants from these communities will also be given preference.
Applications will only be accepted through Manawa Kūponoʻs Dropbox.
For inquiries, please contact Kawai Moss, Project Coordinator at

General Announcements


E Aʻo i ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi community classes are starting up next week Monday via Facebook Live! Check out the flyer above for more info.


Lumi Mānaleo starting back up this semester via Zoom!
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10am or 11am-12pm. For more info or if you would like to join, view the flyer above. Mahalo e Kawaihuelani!


FLYER: Lā Launa Pū title with hae Hawaii inside dates and times E launa pū kākou ma ka Lā Launa Pū, e mālama ʻia ana i ka lā 22 o Pepeluali, ma o ka Zoom!

FLYER: Dimmed background photo of inside NHSS officeMai poina! NHSS is still here for
you virtually! Join us, Monday through Friday from 12-2pm, via Zoom for our Daily Student Support drop-in hours.

Click here to direct you to our LinkTree where you will find the Zoom link!

Ua lehulehu a manomano ka ʻikena a ka Hawaiʻi
Great and numerous is the knowledge of the Hawaiians.
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 2814 (Na Pukuʻi)

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