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Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is a specialized program at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (UHMC) funded by the National Science Foundation in response to the application to erect the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) upon the summit of Haleakala. The sacred and legendary mountaintop provides extensive educational opportunities through collaborations between the Native Hawaiian community, University of Hawaii Maui College, and the National Science Foundation. This approach provides a learning environment that integrates Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge and practices into modern scientific technology and instruction. Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is committed to increasing the participation of Native Hawaiians in higher education and guiding them to leadership roles in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The program aims to continuously build strong relationships among cultural resources, scientists, technicians, educators, STEM employers, and community leaders.

“Encouraging the practice of traditional ideas in modern study”

*Preference given to Maui County residents and individuals of
Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Important Dates

Saturday, March 16, 2019 8a-12Noon PAELOKO LEARNING CENTER Work Day with KHOKL (CS)
March 18-22 SPRING BREAK
March 18-19 NHEA Conference, UH Maui College
Marcy 19-22 He Au Honua, UH Maui College
Monday, March 25, 2019 Last Day to withdraw with a “W” grade
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 HOLIDAY: Prince Kuhio Day
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Graduation Application Deadline
APRIL 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019 WAIHEʻE H.I.L.T. Work Day with KHOKL (CS)
Monday, April 8, 2019 Registration OPEN for Fall 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Makalapua Naʻauao and KHOKL Probation Student 3rd Meeting with Māhealani Quirk in Person
Friday, April 19, 2019 HOLIDAY: Good Friday
MAY 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019 LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION
May 3-9, 2019 Final Evaluation Period
Thursday, May 9, 2019 Graduation Application Deadline
Thursday, May 9, 2019 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY UH Maui
May 10-11, 2019 UH Mānoa Commencement Ceremony
May 13-16, 2019 MN Summer Symposium UH Mānoa
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Faculty grade submission deadline
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 KHOKL Community Service Hours DUE (CS)
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Grades available via MyUH STAR
Saturday, August 17, 2019 Nuʻu H.I.L.T. Work Day with KHOKL (CS)
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8a-5p Puʻu Kukui (CS)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:30am-1:00pm BRAIN BREAK “Drop In”
October 31-November 2 SACNAC CONFERENCE OʻAHU Convention Center
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5p-8pm Kaulana Mahina (CS)

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Funded by the National Science Foundation:

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative