Wai`ale`ale Project

Aloha and welcome to the Wai`ale`ale Project website!

About Wai`ale`ale Project

The Wai'ale'ale Project is a special program funded by generous donors and community foundations. This program gives eligible Kaua'i and Ni'ihau residents an opportunity to take classes at Kaua'i Community College for "free."

The Wai'ale'ale Project offers scholarships and academic support to participants who would like to take a few classes, or complete an entire academic program to receive Certificates and Associate Degrees. If you have been reluctant to take college classes due to financial constraints, this program may be for you. 


Thank you for your interest in the Waiʻaleʻale Project. Scholarships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are now closed.

Please email waiale@hawaii.edu for questions.


Check back next year for Fall 2024!

Do I need to have somebody submit a referral form to support my application?

To establish your eligibility for the program, it is highly recommended that you have a referral form completed and submitted by somebody who can attest to your eligibility and attends a Wai'ale'ale Affiliate Referral Training. Examples of people who might do this are counselors, advisors, teachers, employers, trainers, coaches, etc.  Please note that all referrals must be submitted  by April 15, 2023. All Applications and Affiliate Referral forms will be accepted through the Form links provided above.

How can I become a Wai'ale'ale Affiliate Referrer? 

Affiliate Referrer who have received orientation training on the goals and eligibility requirements of the Wai’ale’ale Project may write referrals on behalf of applicants to the program. The strength of referral is a primary consideration during the application review process. Affiliate Referrer's should demonstrate in their referral that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements using specific examples and information where possible.

If your organization would like to become a referring affiliate, you must attend a mandatory training session with 2023-2024 requirements and priorities.

To register for a training please select a date/time from the following link : Wai’ale’ale Project Affiliate Referrer Training form  *Trainings will be via zoom and in person.  When you sign up for a zoom Training a zoom link will be provided to you. If you or your organization/school would like to set up a training for your organization/school please contact us at,  808-245-8383 or email waiale@hawaii.edu.
Contact us at 808.245.8383 or waiale@hawaii.edu