Kahua Paepae Ola

"Providing the foundation to help support the well-being of our students"

Grant Budget: $1,882,040
Grant Period: 2019-2024
Grant type: Part A

This renovation grant is in the process of creating, renovating, and expanding academic
supports, facilities, and opportunities for Native Hawaiian students. 

Student Support Resources

Hale Malama Staff Kipaipai & waialeale Tutoring Center
The Hale Mālama Care Center Kipaipai Program and The Wai'ale'ale Project Academic Support Center
Provides integrated, holistic student support services through a Care Center case-based management support system that aligns with the Achieving the Dream objectives. Encourages and finances non-college-bound high school students and adults to attend and complete their first year of college. The programs help fund student retention services through peer mentors, tutors, and summer engagement opportunities (e.g. jobs, and community-based internships) Located in the library (Learning Resource Center building), our goal is to help students at Kaua‘i Community College succeed by providing exceptional academic coaching and support. We are staffed with accomplished peer tutors, professional tutors, instructors, and community volunteers.

Other Grant Projects

International Engagement KAUHALE MEETING PLACE Community work partnership
International Engagement Kauhale Meeting Place Community Work Partnership
Kahua Paepae Ola was written to expand professional development and student exchange opportunities with our partner Maori serving institution, Otago Polytechnic (OP) in New Zealand. However, due to travel restrictions and leadership changes, we were not able to travel to OP. One positive outcome was our ability to establish a stronger relationship with Humber College in Toronto, Canada. Kaua‘i CC welcomed 14 students from Humber College in June 2023 to participate in a summer studies program. Creating and increasing culturally relevant place-based opportunities that foster community involvement, and engagement with faculty, staff, and the community through place-based teaching. Located across from the Hawaiian Studies Classroom, the Kauhale serves as a quiet study space outfitted with new seating, work spaces, computers, and a study room. Creating new opportunities for Native Hawaiian students by forming partnerships for internships and employment with local government, private industries, non-profit organizations, and other minority-serving institutions to foster applied learning opportunities for post-graduation employment.
Modernizing on-campus learning    
Modernized Learning Facilities    
Modernizing on-campus learning facilities through the purchase of digital technology, furniture, software, and library resources    


Year 4 Events and Workshops: Please click on the tabs below to expand

A showing of the movie The Healing Stones of Kapaemahu, was done at the Kaua‘i CC Fine Arts Auditorium in October 2022. The film tells the story of four large stones that were long ago placed on Waikiki beach as a monument to the mahu – extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit – who brought healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. The event was open to Kauai CC faculty, staff, faculty, and community members. Title III supported transportation for Kumu Hina, Director and Producer of the film, to host the event on our campus.
Pono sessionPono sessions are support groups provided for nursing students to have a safe space to share, learn, and promote resilience and strength by utilizing a combination of stories, creative modalities, and cultural practices etc. Title III was able to support yoga instructor Alexandria Cordero-Webster who introduced the students to yoga poses that can be done in the office and the use of essential oils that can be used as a coping strategy for stress and anxiety. Title III was also able to support guest speaker Kim Loh who discussed the benefits of using zen meditation as a way to cope with stress, and anxiety, as well as having a healthy relationship with ones thoughts. Kim also reflected on the different conflict resolution methods that could be used in nursing/medical settings.
Lā Kū‘oko‘a, Hawaiian Independence Day, is celebrated annually on November 28. It is a day to recognize the Hawaiian Kingdom and its heroes who traveled across the sea to solidify Hawaiian Independence. Title III Grants purchased screen printing materials to create t-shirts to celebrate the holiday during Kaua‘i CC’s Lā Kū‘oko‘a Campus Celebration . In attendance were Hawaiian Club members, Hale Malama Center team, Kaua‘i CC students, Kaua‘i CC faculty and staff, community members and their keiki.
Commemorate our Mo'i Wahine Lili'uokalani EventTitle III screen printing materials were used to commemorate Queen Lili'uokalani and recognize the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. In attendance were Hawaiian Club members, Kaua‘i CC students, Kauai CC faculty and staff, community members and their keiki.
Mad Skillz "Exploring Vocational Careers Hands-On Style"Students (grade 9-12) from Hawaiian immersion charter schools, Kawaikini and Kanu I Ka Pono, participated in 1 of 4 vocational career pathways (Electrical installation and Maintenance Technology, Automotive, Culinary and Carpentry) at Kauai CC. Kaua‘i CC Kīpaipai and Wai‘ale‘ale mentors provided the students with a tour of the campus and services such as the Hale Malama Center and Ho‘ai Goods and Food Pantry.
Juniors and seniors (Waimea High School, Kaua‘i High School, Kanu I Ka Pono, Kapa‘a High School) participated in the 2023 Find Your Future event to support the college's onboarding efforts. Students participated in a campus tour led by Wai‘ale‘ale and Kīpaipai mentors as well as networked with KCC programs, other college students, and KCC instructors. Title III was able to support bus transportation for Kanu I Ka Pono, Kaua‘i High School, and Kapa‘a High School students to attend the event.
Title III screen printing materials were used at the Kaua‘i CC Earth Week Kick-Off Event.
 May Lei WorkshopsTitle III was able to provide lei supplies and materials for our May Lei Workshops which featured 1) Ribbon and Money Lei making and 2) Lei Wili Style lei making. The event was held in the Hawaiian Studies Classroom. Participants were made up of staff, students, and community members.

Please reach out to our grant staff with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Margaret Sanchez
Interim Chancellor
Kauai Community College
Principal Investigator
Email: masanche@hawaii.edu
(808) 245-8274
Valerie A. Barko, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and University Center
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Kaua`i Community College
Email: vabarko@hawaii.edu
Telephone: (808) 245-8336
Andrea Erichsen, M.S.
Title III Grants Program at Kauai CC
Email: andrea.erichsen@hawaii.edu
Telephone: (808) 245-8378
Mariah Opalek
Title III Grants Support Assistant at Kauai CC
Email: mopalek@hawaii.edu
Telephone: (808) 245-8395