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I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

gathering at the center
The I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles is named for Hāloa, the Kalo ancestor of the Hawaiian people.

Welina Mai!

I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles aims to provide Hawaiʻi Community College, its students, families, and communities with Hawaiian cultural learning and teaching programs from which they can successfully foundation their intellectual, spiritual, and economic base.

I Ola Hāloa reaffirms the importance of Hawaiian cultural Values and practices in higher education

Begun in 1999 through a grant sponsored by the Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Program of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III office, the initial activities of the project were designed to improve access, retention and graduation of Native Hawaiʻi students.

This Center was inspired by the vision and legacy of the late Edward Kanahele and Dr. Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, Professors of History and Hawaiian Studies, at Hawaiʻi Community College. They embedded the program with teaching and learning of their mother, the late Edith K. Kanakaʻole, an esteemed Kumu Hula and Hawaiian educator from Keaukaha, Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Studies Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Hawaiian Studies Associate in Arts Degree (AA) is a two-year Baccalaureate direct transfer Associate in Arts degree consisting of 62 semester credits at the 100 and 200 levels. The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies is designed for students who are preparing to transfer to a four year college or university and who have an interest in achieving a qualification that would be beneficial in the workforce or other areas of study where a foundational knowledge of the Native Hawaiian host culture can complement their worldview. 

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Hawai‘i Life Styles Academic Subject Certificate (ASC)

The Hawai‘i Life Styles Academic Subject Certificate supports students interested in exploring and experiencing Native Hawai‘i Life Styles. Learners may specialize in the Subject Certificate while fulfilling the program requirements for other majors at Hawai‘i CC. The curriculum provides a strong, functional Hawai‘i Life Styles foundation.  

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Ha‘akūmalae

Ha‘akūmalae-Into the Center of Knowing… 
is the official Hawai‘i protocols program at Hawai`i Community College. Delivered by the I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawai‘i Life Styles, Ha‘akūmalae is sensational and engaging, a pulsing invitation to enter into the informed practices of Hawai‘i protocols as a way to keep us in balance with the natural, brilliant, and the very human world we live in today.
Ha‘akūmalae is where the “community” gathers. Here you’ll develop real-life partnerships outside of the classrooms with fellow learners, faculty and staff members of the College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. It is here where our families and our local and global communities come together to reacquaint ourselves with what it means to be Hawai‘i.  Simply said, Ha‘akūmalae is the practice of knowing our place in the universe.

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Pāmaomao

Hawai‘i Pāmaomao- Into the Horizons of Knowing… 
is the protocols complement to Ha’akūmalae that prepares serious protocol members of our community to engage our Hawaiʻi protocols as a bridge for a rich and meaningful interface with our indigenous families from around the world. Our Kaʻao (Sacred Stories) tell us that, as indigenous members of Moananuiākea (Expansively Broad Ocean), we are all profoundly connected.
Hawaiʻi Pāmaomao allows for us to prepare and step into the experience of knowing how we connect, and more importantly, how we can enter this experience into the quality of life we live today.

Kīpaepae

Kīpaepae as a ceremony is necessary for the introduction and transition into new spaces; it is a physical welcoming of an individual or individuals into a particular space as well as the nurturing of the spiritual transition into new environments and new understandings. The kīpaepae anchors the relationship of the spirit to its new environment. Encoded in the word kīpaepae are the words: kī, which means to direct focused energy; paepae which is to provide sustained support; and pae, which means to reach shore or land. Through this definition of kīpaepae, the individual(s) are recognized for reaching a particular platform and thus are being supported by a community in which all their energies are focused and dedicated to the affirmation of coming ashore, in reaching a newness, and together physically and spiritually being reacquainted to one another, to the environment, to the space, and to the encompassing energies

Paepae ʻŌhua 

PAEPAE ʻŌHUA NATIVE HAWAI‘I SUCCESS CENTER is a gathering place for Hawai‘i Community College students to experience a safe, nurturing environment for learning. Our Center embraces Native Hawai‘i practices of ‘Ohana, family caring and nurturing, and Aloha, love and respect for each other. Our foundation is formed by the teaching and learning of Hawai‘i Life Styles philosophy and belief that all students can reach their potential.

PAEPAE ʻŌHUA NATIVE HAWAI‘I SUCCESS CENTER supports success for all learners, in particular, student enrolled in Hawai‘i Life Styles classes, and students who choose to Major in AA Hawaiian Studies (Hula or Kapuahi) Students receive academic advising, counseling, financial aid information, peer tutoring and mentoring, and other services to support their academic success.

PAEPAE ʻŌHUA NATIVE HAWAI‘I SUCCESS CENTER encourages student success through participation in special programs like Papa Huluweo, comprised of students who select Hawai‘i Life Styles as their major degree program.

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Faculty

Noel Tagab-CruzN. Kaʻiako Tagab-Cruz

Program Coordinator, Hawaiʻi Life Styles
Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2616
tagab@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2007, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA 2017, Union Institute and University

N. Kaʻiako Tagab-Cruz is an Instructor and the Coordinator of I Ola Hāloa - Hawai`i Life Styles program. She holds a B.A. in Community Studies and a M.A. in Leadership, Public Policy, and Social Issues with a focus on Native Hawaiian Leadership. Kaʻiako is an ʻūniki ʻailolo graduate of Hālau o Lilinoe and Unukupukupu.

TangaroDr. Taupōuri Tangarō

Director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement
Professor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 389B-103
(808) 934-2575
taupouri@hawaii.edu

 

BA 1992, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MEd 1995, Heritage College, Washington
PhD 2004, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio
BOR Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009

Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō is a professor of Hawaiian Studies at Hawaiʻi Community College, and serves as the Director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement, with direct report to HawCC and UHH chancellors, respectively. He holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, an M.A.Ed. in Professional Development, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is an ʻūniki ʻailolo graduate of Hālau O Kekuhi, and positions hula as the anchor for building capacity in indigenous leadership through academia.

Kalani FloresErik Kalani Flores

Professor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Pālamanui Campus 502-152
(808) 969-8875
ekflores@hawaii.edu

 

BA 1982, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Pele KaioPele Kaio

Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 389B-104
(808) 969-8875
pelekaio@hawaii.edu

 

AA 2010, Hawai'i Community College
AAS 2010, Hawai'i Community College
BA 2013, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MA 2015, Union Institute and University

Aloha kāua. ʻO Pele Kaio koʻu inoa. My father's side of the family is from Lāʻia (Lāʻie), Oʻahu and my mother's family is from ʻAiea, Oʻahu and Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi. I teach courses in hula, Hawaiian studies and 'ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) at Hawaiʻi Community College. Currently, I serve as the Kīpaepae Protocols Committee Chair at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. I received my A.A.S. in Hawaiian Studies - Hula and A.A. in Liberal Arts here at Hawaiʻi Community College. I completed my undergraduate studies in Geography with a minor in Hawaiian Studies at UH Hilo and received my M.A. in History and Culture from Union Institute and University. I am an ʻūniki ʻailolo of Unukupukupu and the kumu hula of Unulau. I love to meet new students, learn with them and tap into their potential - everyone has the potential to succeed and make meaning out of life.
I ola e nā kini ē!

Tracy Kuulei KanaheleTracy Kuʻulei Kanahele

Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 389B-107
(808) 934-2605
tracyk@hawaii.edu

 

BA 1998, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MA 2001, Central Michigan University

Tracy Kuʻulei Kanahele is an instructor at Hawai`i Community College's Hawai`i Life Styles program. She holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, a M.A.Ed, and is a PhD candidate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization. Aside from teaching at the college, Kuʻulei also volunteers at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo public charter school, where she teaches Hawaiian language to faculty and staff.

Akeamakamae KiyunaĀkeamakamae Kiyuna

Hawaiian Studies/Language Culture Pathways Coordinator
Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2609
akiyuna@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2010, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MA 2012, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

ʻO wau nō ʻo Ākeamakamae Kiyuna a he kupa kēia no ka ʻāina ʻo ʻAiea, Oʻahu. I am from ʻAiea, Oʻahu, with roots also in Hōnaunau, Hawaiʻi. I did my undergraduate studies in Hawaiian Studies and Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and received an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I have been teaching at the college and university level for the past six years and I absolutely love my job and working with students because I learn just as much from them as they do from me. I hope that I am fortunate enough to learn from you!

Lecturers

Yuki Kaea LyonsYuki Kaʻea Lyons

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Pālamanui Campus
(808) 969-8875
ykalapai@hawaii.edu

 

BA, University of Hawaiʻi - Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani
Hawaiian Language Teaching Certification, Kahuawaiola
Med, Concordia University

Having a passion for Hawaiian language, culture and hula, Ka'ea has enriched the lives of students as a kumu over the past 25 years in the Hawaiian Language Programs from Punana Leo - Hawaiian Language Preschools to Ke Kula 'o 'Ehunuikaimalino - Hawaiian Language Immersion School. For the past 7 years, Kaʻea has been teaching Hawaiian Language, Hula and Hawaiian Studies Classes at the Hawaiʻi Community College - Pālamanui Campus.

Blossom Pua Lincoln-MaieluaBlossom Pua Lincoln-Maielua

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Pālamanui Campus
(808) 969-8875
blincoln@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2005, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Lokelani Brandt Lokelani Brandt

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2602
lbrandt@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2012, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
MA 2017, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Born in Kailua, O'ahu, and raised in Hilo and Puna, Hawai'i, Lokelani Brandt has been teaching at Hawai'i Community College since Spring 2013. After graduating from Ke Kula 'O Nāwahīokalani'ōpu'u in 2005, she went on to receive her Associates of Arts degree in 2008 from Hawai'i Community College and her Academic Subject Certificate in the Hawai'i Life Styles Program in 2011. Upon graduating from Hawai'i Community College, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawai'i Hilo. In 2017, she graduated with her Masters from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Heritage Management Program. Lokelani currently lives in Hilo with her husband and two keiki.

Ryan McCormack Ryan McCormack

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2602
ryanmsm@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2004, Stanford University

Sarah Niau Wakana Sarah Niau Wakana

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2602
sniau@hawaii.edu

 

ASC 2008, Hawaiʻi Community College
BA 2014, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
AA 2014, Hawaiʻi Community College

ʻO wau ʻo Sarah Amber Kalaniʻele Niau Wakana. I was born in Hilo, raised in Hāmākua and South Kohala and now reside in the ʻōhiʻa forest of Puna in Mauna Huʻihuʻi with my ʻohana, my partner and our 3 keiki. I received my A.A. in Liberal Arts with an A.S.C. in Hawaiʻi Life Styles from here at Hawaiʻi Community College. I pursued my undergraduate education at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and received my B.A. in Geography with a minor in Hawaiian Studies. I am a lifelong learner, and aloha ʻāina ʻoiaʻiʻo dedicated to investing my energies in the decolonization of Hawaiʻi.

Brooke Hutchins Brooke Hutchins

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Pālamanui Campus
(808) 969-8875
brookehu@hawaii.edu

 

My name is Brooke L. Hutchins. I grew up on the island of O'ahu and attended the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, receiving both my undergraduate and masterʻs degree in Hawaiian studies, before moving to Hawai'i island. I love myths, legends, comic books and novels. Anything that tells the story of possible worlds far beyond our imaginations.

photo not available Kristen Lehua Dircks

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Pālamanui Campus
(808) 969-8875
lehuaahsam@gmail.com

 

BA Anthropology/Hawaiian Studies
MA Hawaiian Studies

photo not available Andrew Frias

Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2602
afrias@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2012, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Staff

Monica Burnett Monica Burnett

Educational Specialist
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2604
mburnett@hawaii.edu

 

AS 1992, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Community Colleges Leadership Champion, Generation XI
Monica was born in Honolulu and raised in Kaūmana and Puna, Hawaiʻi. A proud alumna of Hawaiʻi Community College, she has been working at the I Ola Hāloa Center since August of 2000. Monica enjoys helping as well as getting to know the students. She believes that every student has the opportunity to be successful at HawaiiCC and beyond. On her days off, she loves spending time with her ʻohana.

Tiffany Naea Tiffany Naea

Educational Specialist
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2603
naea@hawaii.edu

 

AA Liberal Arts 2011, Hawaiʻi Community College
BA Communication 2012, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
BA Psychology 2014, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Aloha nui! My name is Tiffany Naea
I was born in Hilo and raised in Oʻahu... but I moved back to Hilo about 25 years ago to raise my children on this beautiful Moku o Keawe. Iʻve been married for 27 years, and I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren who all live in Hilo. Hilo is home.
I work at the I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles Office as an Educational Specialist.
Iʻm also a Hawaiʻi Community College student majoring in Hawaiian Studies. Iʻm a lifelong learner and am so excited and thankful to be a part of this Hawaiʻi Community College Hawaiian Studies Program.

Peer Mentor Staff

Kekaikane-Olaho'ikeikonamanakalena Lindsey Kekaikane-Olaho'ikeikonamanakalena Lindsey

Peer Mentor
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
kekaikan@hawaii.edu

 

Aloha mai kāua, ʻO au ʻo Kekai Lindsey. I am a Peer Mentor at I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles. I am a student of the College of Hawaiian Language, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, majoring in Hawaiian Studies. I am also pursuing an A.A. in Hula at Hawaiʻi Community College.

Joshua Noʻeau Kalima Joshua Noʻeau Kalima

Peer Mentor
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
jnkalima@hawaii.edu

 

Aloha! My name is Noʻeau Kalima and I am from Hilo Hanakahi. I am a Peer Mentor for this Fall 2017 semester and currently a student at University of Hawaii at Hilo majoring in Hawaiian Studies. This is my last semester as an undergraduate student and look forward to a great semester helping you achieve in your schooling for a better you and a better community around us. Mahalo!

Sean Kirkpatrick Sean Kirkpatrick

Peer Mentor
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
seank808@hawaii.edu

 

ASC Environmental Studies 2015, Hawaiʻi Community College
AS Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management 2015, Hawaiʻi Community College
CA Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management 2016, Hawaiʻi Community College
AS Natural Science 2017, Hawaiʻi Community College

Sean Kirkpatrick is a Hawai'I Community College Alumni with Associate of Science degrees in Forest TEAM (Tropical Forest Ecosystems and Agroforestry Management) and Natural Science Biology. Sean is a current undergraduate student at University of Hawaii Hilo with a major field of study in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and a minor field of study in Chemistry.

Mai Furusawa Mai Furusawa

Peer Mentor
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
mfurusaw@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2014, Ferris University (in Japan)

Aloha! 'O Mai Furusawa ko'u inoa a no Iāpana mai au. I am a current student at Hawai'i Community College majoring in Hawaiian Studies. After I received my B.A. in International Communication in Japan, I moved here to study Hula, Hawaiian language, and other Hawaiian cultures. I finished four Hula courses and four Hawaiian Language courses, and now I am taking Hawaiian Language course at University of Hawai'i at Hilo and helping the students as a Peer Mentor. My current passion is learning Hawaiian language and I love to learn new things.

Kaianui Andaya Kaiʻanui Andaya

Peer Mentor
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
kaianui@hawaii.edu/a>

Aloha mai! ʻO au ʻo Kaiʻanui Andaya and I am from Waiʻanae, Oʻahu and currently live in Olaʻa, Puna. I am a Hawaiʻi Community College Student studying Hawaiian Studies with a focus in Hula. I am also working on finishing my Geography major and Hawaiian studies minor at UHH. I am also an alakaʻi in Unulau, a hula hālau under the direction of Pele Kaio.

Affiliated Staff

Dane Malu Dudoit Dane Malu Dudoit

Community Engagement Facilitator
Mōkaulele Office of the Chancellor

Upper Campus 380-34
Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center
(808) 932-7847
dudoitd@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2016, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

ʻAnoʻai me ke aloha iā kākou pākahi! ʻO wau nō ʻo Malu Dudoit, no Maui me Molokaʻi mai au. Aloha kākou, my name is Malu Dudoit and I am from Maui and Molokai. I have been in Hilo since 2011 and just recently graduated in 2016 with my Bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Studies from the Hawaiian language and culture college, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Currently, I work for Mōkaulele Office of the Chancellor as the Community Engagement Facilitator, providing service in protocols and curriculum development to our native Hawaiian students, faculty/staff, administrators, and communities.