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Hāʻawi Kōkua

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The Hā‘awi Kōkua Program promotes equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to gain the maximum benefit from their educational/learning experience by participating fully in their regular courses and activities at Hawai‘i Community College.


Hawai‘i Community College offers courses and programs at various campuses and physical locations, and is committed to providing equal access to all of these locations or course activities.

  • Priority registration if physical access is a concern
  • Relocation of classes, as the last resort to ensure physical access
  • Handicapped parking stalls
  • Assistance in accessing library material
  • Materials provided in alternate formats such as assistance with RFB tape textbooks, or enlargement of printed material
  • Liaison with Hawai‘i County Department of Education Special Education (DOE SPED) high school transition teachers and counselor, to ensure successful transition


  • Ensure access and educational equality in all Hawai‘i Community College’s programs and activities
  • Assisting students in maximizing their potential by encouraging independence, self-determination, and full participation in their educational experience
  • Provide reasonable academic accommodations for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment
  • Foster a sensitive environment for students with disabilities that are conducive to their learning
  • Support students with disabilities in becoming independent, responsible, and productive community members
  • Provide consultation to students, faculty, and staff on disability issues and general access information

A "Student with Disability" is defined as students who has self-identified themselves with the Hā‘awi Kōkua program by providing the intake form & necessary documentation of their disability & have been found eligible for services/accommodations.

General Services

All students in the Hā‘awi Kōkua Program are offered the following general services:

  • Assistance in navigating the application process
  • Referral and collaboration with private and state community agencies to support students with disabilities and their academic success
  • Mediation with faculty to advocate for the educational needs of students with disabilities
  • Assurance for physical access on campus
  • A commitment to provide equal access to all locations or course activities
  • Understanding your rights as a person with a disability
  • Activities and workshops offered to support and teach strategies for Academic Success
  • Ongoing disability related counseling and support to encourage academic success


  • Provide testing accommodations to students with disabilities, requested by instruction
  • Proxy exams for students with disabilities who are registered for other campuses on-line distance education courses
  • Assistive technology computers and software, to support accommodations and foster independent learning
  • COMPASS placement testing with accommodations
  • Student success resources and disability-related materials
  • Providing supports to students with disabilities to increase their academic & life skills

Specialized Services

The program Counselor will determine all requests for reasonable accommodations. Decisions made regarding accommodations are based upon the current documentation and the program or course requirements.

  • Interpretype Communication Assistive Technology
  • COMPASS Placement Testing accommodations
  • Computer Monitor Screen Enlarger
  • Kurzweil 3000- Text Reader
  • Conversion of Text to Audio Files
  • Zoom Text – Screen Enlarger
  • Speech Recognition Software
  • Sorenson – Video Relay Service
  • Wheelchair adapted desk and tables
  • CaptionMaker Captioning Software
  • Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
  • Keyguard Viziflex
  • ClaroRead – Word Prediction
  • Large Print Thesaurus
  • Large Print Dictionary
  • Classroom Note-takers
  • Digital Recorders
  • ECHO Pens
  • ASL - Sign Language Interpreters
  • Speech to Text ECHO Assistive Technology
  • Specialized testing accommodations such as
    • Extended Time
    • Distraction Free Environment
    • Alternative format
    • Scribes or Readers
    • Computer equipment
    • Proxy exams for students

Kōkua Technology Lab

The Kōkua Technology Lab provides direct academic support services to Hawai‘i Community College students with disabilities.


Manono Campus
Building 388- Room 104
Pālamanui Campus
Building D – Student Services Office

To make an appointment to meet with the counselor to discuss any of these resources or services, please contact the Hā‘awi Kōkua Program Office.