Mu‘o A‘e  (to bud) focuses on increasing the success of Native Hawaiian students. We support students in achieving their educational goals at UH Maui College. We also offer students a challenging, yet rewarding, learning experience. We work together to help students succeed in completing their course work, advancing their education, and graduating.

Are you a Native Hawaiian student interested in successfully achieving your educational and career goals?

If you are, then Mu‘o A‘e  may be the program for you!


First-Year Experience Activities

Mandatory Muʻo Aʻe Orientation

Academic Advising/Academic Progress Monitoring & Intervention

Peer Mentoring/Peer Tutoring

Priority Registration

Cultural Activities and Workshops

Specifically Designed Courses

Mōhala Alakaʻi: Emerging Leaders Program

Summer Bridge Program (FREE Tuition and Books)


We offer native Hawaiian haumāna (students) unique educational opportunities that perpetuate cultural knowledge and traditions. We provide a sense of place that nurtures and enhances their self-identity and helps them to make connections to achieve excellence.


  • Must be Native Hawaiian

  • Accepted to UH Maui College for the Fall semester

  • First-time attending college

  • Part-time student (minimum of 6 credits) OR Full-time student (12+ credits)

  • Committed to participate in our program services


For more information about Muʻo Aʻe, please contact:

Kristi Ishikawa, MSW
Counselor Coordinator or (808) 984-3405

By agreeing to apply for this program you must be aware of the following: Our current grant year ends on 9/30/19. Our program operates as long as federal funding exists. If the US Dept. of Education is unable to continue funding for our program, the program will end on 9/30/19. If we do receive funding by 9/30/19, there will be no disruptions and our program will continue to operate as it usually does each year. If funding is discontinued, the Mu’o A’e program staff will assist you as much as possible in your first semester until the end of September 2019, and then you will be referred to the Counseling dept, for further assistance. Mahalo.