Ka Hikina O Ka La2018-11-07T22:06:39+00:00

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

October 18-23 Makalapua Na’auao Students Mid Term Meeting Appointments
October 29 Last day to withdraw from full-semester length courses with a “W” grade.
October 31  11am – 1pm  Lā Helui @ Ka Hikina O Ka Lā (View Flyer)
November 5 Registration begins for Spring 2019 semester.
December 6 Last day of Instruction
December 14 End of Fall 2018 Semester
December 15 or before but not later than
* 10 Hours Native Hawaiian Community Service DUE
* Fall 2018 Semester Grades DUE
* Spring 2019 Class Schedule or Registration DUE
2019 S. A. C. N. A. S. in Hawaiʻi

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Funded by the National Science Foundation:

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative