Native Hawaiian Center

Students helping to malama aina, take care of the land

E komo mai -- come in, attend our events, kanikapila in our "Welina Mai" Lounge, practice ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with friends, learn native plant names, warm up a home lunch, borrow a computer, or best of all, spend some time meeting people who become friends, mentors, and whom we sometimes discover are ʻohana. 

As the community college with the largest number of Native Hawaiian students enrolled, Leeward is committed to providing a full array of services and support for our Native Hawaiian students and to share ʻike Hawaiʻi with all students so that Hawaiian culture will flourish in our homeland.


To realize the vision of Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, for the Hawaiian nation, “He aupuni palapala koʻu” (Mine is an educated nation.)


To fulfill the University of Hawaii’s unique commitment to Native Hawaiians as stated in its Mission Statement (Regents' Policy, Chapter 4.1-c), faculty, staff, and students of Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa dedicate themselves to inspire excellence, promote growth, and advance opportunities for Native Hawaiians. 


Aloha kekahi i kekahi:  “Aloha for one another.”

Kuleana:  “Responsibility, right, privilege, obligation.”

Mālama ‘Āina:  “Cherish the land.”

Pono:  “Balanced, goodness, righteousness, harmony, justice.”

Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa
Our academically rigorous and culturally relevant puʻuhonua (place of refuge) houses the College's Native Hawaiian academic and student support services. Open to all students, the Hālau is a comfortable, nurturing environment for anyone interested in our host culture.

Leeward CC, Waianae Moku
a full-service satellite campus of Leeward Community College located on the beautiful Waiʻanae coast. The campus offers more than 50 Leeward CC credit classes in the fall and spring semesters

Hawaiian Studies Program

Hawaiian Language Courses