What is Ku’ina?

Ku’ina means Connecting to Your Future. This program was established in 2001 with the intent of offering year round youth services and training under the Workforce Investment Act for the County of Maui and the University of Hawaii and in collaboration with Workforce Development Division.

Ku’ina is a county youth program operated by University of Hawaii Maui College.  Our job is to guide, train and support students who don’t have the money, skills or opportunity to meet their educational and career goals.

How We Can Help

We will work one-on-one with you to come up with an overall plan to break the hardship cycle and get back on a positive track.  We offer financial support and educational options. Our staff is here to help you achieve your educational and career goals. We will encourage and help you learn how to make your own decisions so you have power over your own future. You can be enrolled in our Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?

The WIA is a type of grant that does not require repayment.  WIA is here to assist students with tuition and other school related expenses that scholarships, financial aid and the pell grant do not cover.  To enter this program, you must apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well.

What Makes This Program Different Than the Rest?

Ku`ina is directly connected to University of Hawaii Maui College.  We have a working program, dedicated staff and Federal funding to help students get past their immediate problems and onto a career and a better life.  So if you’ve ever dreamed about studying and training on a college campus, this is your big chance.

What’s the catch?

There is none! If and when you are ready, the counseling, financial aid and job placement are all FREE. Our goal here at Ku’ina is to see you achieve YOUR goal.