Kekaulike Internships Spring 2021

Native Hawaiian Student Services is offering internship opportunities for Kānaka ʻŌiwi undergraduates attending and continuing at UH Mānoa Spring 2021. The internships are intended to provide real-world work/career experience for students, while helping to strengthen critical partnerships that help to support Hawaiian student success at UH Mānoa. The Kekaulike Internship program is a paid internship opportunity for Native Hawaiian undergraduate students at UH Mānoa and UH Maui College. The internships span a number of offices and organizations on and off campus supporting individual student academic and professional success while also strengthening partnerships between the University of Hawaiʻi and the greater Hawaiʻi community.

However this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with internship sites that are directly battling the virus while also strengthening our Hawaiian communities. The intern will be able to work remotely from the safety of their homes for the duration of this internship.  

Internships are part-time over the Spring 2021 semester and consist of 300 work hours.  Work schedules will be negotiated between the site supervisor, student, and the NHSS supervisor. Internships allow students to gain experience aligned to their academic and career interests while also serving the community. Interns will be paid through the UH Mānoa Student Employment (SECE) or Career Center at the rate of approximately $12 – $14/hour (rate determined by actual placement and work).

DEADLINE: 01/11/2021

If you have any questions or concerns please email Hina Keala at

We partnered with several organizations to offer the following internship placements for continuing UH Mānoa Hawaiian undergraduate students.

Option #1: Administration for Native American
Project: : Programmatic Support 
Mentor: Matthew Ing

Do you want to assist in empowering Native Pacific Islanders?

The Pacific Region TTA Center (, a resource of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) established under the Native American Programs Act of 1974, provides training and technical assistance to Native community-serving organizations in the Pacific. We work exclusively with nonprofits and state gov. agencies that are led by the indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi, American Sāmoa, Guam, and CNMI.

The Pacific TTA Center is operated by Kaʻānanʻiau LLC, a Native Hawaiian 8(a) small business guided by a mission “to empower Native Pacific Islanders.” 

Students will work under the supervision of the Pacific Region Director to provide programmatic support to nonprofits, charter schools, state indigenous affairs offices, and other grantees with projects serving indigenous Pacific peoples. Students will also help with outreach to potential grantees and applicants, providing resources to assist communities in forming community-based projects for grant funding.

Responsibilities may include sharing stories of community success, researching and compiling resources, analyzing programmatic data, and assisting in the production of web-based trainings.

Option #2: Awaiaulu
Project: Kīpapa Educator Resources:  A collection of 8 ʻohina (collections) that comprises 5328 articles collected and 1625 articles translated into Hawaiian. 
Mentor: Kauʻi Sai-Dudoit

Have you ever thought, we need more access to Hawaiian language resources? Or ever considered becoming a resource yourself? This internship may be for you! Awaiaulu is committed to the 1) production of accessible resources 2) the development of resource people.

The written form of Hawaiian language was standardized in 1822. Through Protestant efforts the chiefly courts quickly learned and encouraged the entire nation to learn literacy.Through the setting up of an educational system the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi became a literate nation. Over the next century Hawaiian writers would create one of the most robust written composites: letters, books manuscripts, government docs and newspapers. In the 20th century a shift from Hawaiian language to English language would make up the educational system, government records, and so forth.

Awaiaulu is dedicated to developing resources and resource people that can bridge Hawaiian knowledge from the past to the present and the future. Historical resources are made accessible so as to build the knowledge base of both Hawaiian and English-speaking audiences, and young scholars are trained to understand and interpret those resources for modern audiences today and tomorrow.

The intern will assist in Awaiauluʻs second largest set of resources that will soon be launched, “Kīpapa Educator Resources.” The intern will assist in collecting, editing, indexing and organizing the material into its separate but connected units.
There is also a social media component that is a growing part of communicating with the public that the intern will also aid in. The Awaiaulu organization is a highly functioning independent team, so any intern will need to be self directed and able to make informed decisions based on prior and/or learned experience. Communication is key but once assigned a task, the interns must be able to work independently and make informed decisions using logic and knowledge of the organization and mission.

At present all the components of Awaiaulu function virtually via Skype and Zoom, preference for daily/weekly communication is via Skype. The work is primarily in accessing Hawaiian language material so fluency in Hawaiian language as well as familiarity with using Papakilo Database is required. Experience in managing and organizing large groups of data into a spreadsheet as well as familiarity with Google drive and its components ie: slides, sheets, docs and linking resources to documents are also highly desirable. The intern would be assigned to edit material to ensure that all our work meets the standards of our established conventions that have been adapted over time.

Option #3: Kula No nā poʻe Hawaiʻi (Papakōlea Homestead Kupuna) 
Mentor: Aunty Puni Kekauoha

Our Papakōlea KCCN II Program is designed for participants (55 years and over and their caregivers) to receive information and services in the Papakōlea Homestead Communities and for families to be empowered to support their kūpuna to safely “age in place”. KCCN II provides the following services:
-Education and referral services to kūpuna and their caregivers
-Technology training to increase access to healthcare services and monitoring
-Cultural and health workshops (online or with social distancing due to COVID-19)
-Home safety assessments
I-n-home services provided by Community Health Workers

KULA – KCCN II Program Internship Opportunities
We are seeking an intern who is interested to help with some or all of the following:
Assist with building KCCN Google Site
Editing and uploading 15-30 minute videos for KCCN II cultural/health workshops
Cultural and health research to educate our kupuna and caregivers
Research video links or online workshop opportunities to share with our kūpuna and caregivers related to chronic diseases, healthy eating, and other health related topics
Research latest technology to implement in our program

Option #4: Hamilton Hawaiian Pacific Collection
Kapena Shim
Building a Digital Collection of the Kūʻē Petitions

The Kū’ē Petitions, also known as the Anti-Annexation Petitions, are a collection of signatures from 1897-1898 by Hawaiian men and women who were opposed to the annexation of Hawaiʻi to the United States of America. These petitions prevented the U.S. from legally annexing Hawaiʻi and today, serve as strong evidence that our kūpuna vigorously protested against becoming Americans. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is hosting an intern Spring 2021 that can help us create a new Kūʻē Petitions digital collection that will provide access to the color, high-resolution scans of the petitions. Currently the scans are available online through the U.S. National Archives as one large pdf with petition pages arranged in numerical order. This arrangement is problematic because not all pages are grouped together by location, which makes it very difficult to find kūpuna. This internship seeks a detailed oriented student who can review each page of the Kūʻē Petitions and group them geographically. After the grouping is complete, the files will need to be uploaded into the library’s open access institutional repository, eVols, to form a digital collection. The hope is that this digital collection will make it easier for the lāhui to locate their kūpuna so they can connect with the legacies of protest and aloha ʻāina they firmly stand on.

Option #5: Kai Loa Inc. (dba Kamakau School)
Mentor: Meahilahila Kelling

KAI LOA, Inc (Kamakau Association for Increasing Lifelong Opportunities for Advancement) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization in Haʻikū, Heʻeia, Oʻahu, established in 2004. Its mission is to advance the sustainability of Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau, Laboratory Public Charter School. Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M Kamakau is a family-based, Hawaiian language medium school offering a comprehensive multi-level (PK through Secondary) educational program. Ke Kula ‘o Kamakau was initially established in January 2000 in response to the expressed needs of Native Hawaiian families to increase student achievement through cultural-based education while addressing the educational needs of multi-generations of learners. As an indigenous language laboratory school program, both KAI LOA, Inc & Ke Kula ‘o Kamakau are committed to the ongoing development of Hawaiian language education through research, teacher training, and resource development.

Option #6: ʻŌiwi TV
Project:  Engage in all Stages of a Creative Process

Are you impacted by storytelling? Perhaps your a storyteller, or an aspiring storyteller, or you may simply believe in the power of imagination. Do you believe that Kanaka voices, stories, in Hawaiʻi and globally should be shared through creative and engaging media platforms? Ōiwi Television produces top-quality documentaries, news and multimedia content from a uniquely Hawaiian perspective. The wisdom, beauty and power of Hawai‘i are the backdrop to the most important and interesting narratives of our generation. Founded by Nāʻālehu Anthony, Keoni Lee, and Amy Kalili, this next generation of Native Hawaiian storytellers aim to tell the stories of our land and our people.Ōiwi TV is a team of storytellers creating authentic and engaging multimedia content focusing on the Hawaiian language, culture, and perspective.

Interns would actively participate in all stages of the creative process for various projects from initial development, scripting, filming, post-production editing, and distribution. Preferred candidates would have a high degree of Hawaiian language proficiency and experience in project management; videography and photography; video editing; writing and analysis; graphic design; research; and/or social media promotion.

Option #7: Papa Ola Lokahi (POL)
Project:  Native Hawaiian Community Health

Perhaps more than ever Covid-19 has reinforced the manaʻo that our health and wellbeing is of great importance and our Kanaka communities deserve and have a right to health.

Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL), the Native Hawaiian health board, is responsible for the administering and oversight of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvment Act to “raise the health status of Native Hawaiians to the highest possible level”. Our kuleana of health reach is throughout the State of Hawaii as well as across the United States.

POL is looking to have an undergraduate intern to work in the data & research department in the following task areas:

assisting to gather information through our community-engaged surveys
tracking trends in various areas that have impact on our Native Hawaiian communities
complete reports to disseminate to communities and partners
create visual reports (infographics) that can shared with networks
other project work that adds to learned value for both POL and intern.

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