Paipai o Ko‘olau

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Sarah Inouye, MSW
Paipai o Koʻolau
Project Advisor and Coordinator
Windward Community College
Phone (808) 235-7326
Fax (808) 235-7414

Encouraging and Supporting Education for our Koʻolau Communities

A partnership between Windward Community College and Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

A college education is vital for competing in today's global economy. For many on O'ahu's Windward side, higher education and its many benefits are beyond financial reach. Paipai o Ko'olau works to change that. With a grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, 200 promising individuals will be chosen to attend Windward Community College with financial and academic support.

Project Overview

Paipai o Ko'olau is a project to increase college enrollment and graduation for the Ko'olaupoko and Ko'olauloa communities. Working with community partners to identify individuals who can benefit from college, Paipai o Ko'olau will provide scholarships and academic support to 50 students each year over the next four years, nurturing them from admission to graduation.


Paipai o Ko'olau provides support to students who are residents of Windward O'ahu and have demonstrated financial need that creates a barrier to entering college.

Priority is given to students who:

  • are Native Hawaiian
  • have not previously attended college
  • have other needs that may affect their ability to attend college
  • will not be able to attend college without Paipai o Ko'olau's support
  • have strong recommendations from community partners


Applicants need to submit the Application and Application Checklist. The Community Partner Referral Form is similar to a letter of recommendation and needs to be filled out by someone who knows the applicant well and can attest to their dedication to school.

How can I get involved?

  • Help us get the word out! Let people you know who could participate as students or community partners know about this program
  • Recommend someone you know with a personal recommendation
  • Become a Community Partner! Your organization can serve as an official affiliate that helps identify and refer community members who can benefit from Paipai o Ko'olau. Get involved—call us at 808-235-7466.