One-year certificate in Hawaiian music

In a Hawaiian worldview, balance is critical. It contributes to our joy, and understanding of our kuleana. As pō is always connected to ao, and lani to honua, mele is connected to hula.

Deepen your understanding of the balance between Hawaiian music and hula, and learn how to tap into the oral histories that are contained in our mele and oli. You will then be able to share the joy of music within your ‘ohana and others for generations to come.

Certificate Description

The Ka‘ohekani cohort is an immersive, accelerated experience. This one-year academic subject certificate in Hawaiian music will give participants a deeper understanding of the connection and balance between Hawaiian music and hula. The series of 8-week online classes are taught by Kumu Kamuela Kimokeo (music) and Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Frank Hewett (Hawaiian language, hula).

  • Fully online Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Music
  • 8-week online cohort (together as a group)
  • Certificate also applies to the AA degree in liberal arts

Attend an Information Session

Join us for an information session to discover more about Kaʻohekani, the Hawaiian music certificate, and get your questions answered about:

  • Applying to Windward Community College
  • Registering for courses
  • Online learning technology and how we support your journey

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Native Hawaiians living in the continental U.S. and Hawai‘i residents both pay the same community college in-state resident tuition*. Total cost for the Ka‘ohekani Hawaiian Music Certificate is approximately $3,285 (resident and/or Native Hawaiian tuition).

For a breakdown of costs, see Tuition & Fees.

*Non-residents may be allowed to pay resident tuition if they qualify for one of the UH Board of Regents tuition exemptions.

Tuition Assistance

The Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele Hawaiian Music Scholarship is available to students who have completed 12 credits towards the Hawaiian Music certificate at Windward Community College. Learn more about this scholarship and how to apply. Funding is limited.

What does Ka‘ohekani mean?

Ka‘ohekani translates to “the sounding bamboo.” In Hawaiian society, many musical instruments were made from ‘ohe (bamboo). These instruments often symbolize beginning, commitment, spirit, and connection to land and culture. The ‘ohe is also a kino lau of Kāne and thus we connect this cohort to Kāne‘ohe and Windward Community College.

Ka‘ohekani cohort courses

Each semester is mapped out for you here, where students will study together and move through the courses as a cohort.

SemesterCourse: TitleCredits
Spring 2021 (second 8 weeks)MUS 121Z: ‘Ukulele 12
Spring 2021 (second 8 weeks)HAW 101: Elementary Hawaiian I4
Fall 2021 (first and second 8 weeks)MUS 108: Music Fundamentals3
Fall 2021 (first 8 weeks)MUS 211: Intro to Hawaiian Ensemble2
Fall 2021 (first 8 weeks)HWST 130: Hula ‘Ōlapa: Traditional Hawaiian Dance3
Fall 2021 (second 8 weeks)HWST 131: Hula ‘Ōlapa ‘Elua: Traditional Hawaiian Dance II3
Fall 2021 (second 8 weeks)MUS 177: Intro to Hawaiian Music3
Spring 2022 (first 8 weeks)MUS 211: Intro to Hawaiian Ensemble2
Spring 2022 (first 8 weeks)MUS 277: Mele, Mo‘olelo and Motion3

For questions about the certificate, contact

Kamuela Kimokeo
Director of Music

For questions about application and registration, contact

Ha‘aheo Pagan