Ke Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hānaiaulu is Windward Community College’s new Hawaiian immersion childcare center. Services are catered to Windward Community College student parents with infants and/or toddlers ages six months to 36 months (3 years old).
The mission of Ke Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hānaiaulu is to foster a child-centered learning environment that will enhance the growth of language and culture, while creating a safe space so that parents have peace of mind while continuing their studies toward college graduation.
You and your child are eligible for services at Ke Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hānaiaulu if:
- you are a full-time or part-time student at Windward Community College, and,
- your child is between the ages of 6 months and 36 months (3 years).
(WCC faculty, staff, and community members are not eligible for services at this time)
- Enrollment in Hawaiian language courses at the college or tested as proficient in Hawaiian language
- Interview with staff and faculty panel after the application process
- Orientation with site director
- Minimum of two (2) visits with our student parent academic advisor
- Attendance at monthly student parent meetings
Space is limited. Priority will be given to full-time students attending Windward Community College. Additional priority will be given to students who are PELL grant eligible. In the case where demand is higher than space available, other factors may be considered, but not limited to: GPA, number of credits completed, number of credits needed to graduate, commitment to Hawaiian language use in the home, coursework taken related to Hawaiian language, and record of service to the Windward Community College community.
If you are interested in applying for childcare at Ke Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hānaiaulu, please:
- Read the requirements and eligibility information
- Fill out and print an application form (pdf)
- Contact the site director to start the application process:
Puanani Kama, site director
Applications for Fall semesters are due April 15
Applications for Spring semesters are due November 15
A Short History
Students’ persistence to degree completion is of utmost importance to Windward Community College. Through an AAUW campus action grant, student parents on campus worked with project directors Susan Wurtzburg, PhD, and Ardis Eschenberg, PhD, to create a survey which outlined childcare needs and their impact on students. This group, with the addition of several key staff and faculty members concerned with childcare, including Mary Ann Nemoto from the Learning to Grow Project and Woody Garrison of Instructional Technology, then worked to create an action plan to address these needs. U.S. Department of Education Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institution funds were then secured by Ardis Eschenberg using this action plan in order to renovate Hale ‘Ākoakoa and build Ke Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hānaiaulu.
In Spring 2017, Ke Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hānaiaulu held a groundbreaking ceremony to start the process of renovations. Shortly after, the college held their first annual fundraiser to purchase furniture needed for the space as it cannot be purchased with this source of grant funding. In Spring 2019, construction was finished and we were able to hire our infant & toddler specialist, as well as a few student aides. We look forward to our Fall 2019 grand opening and blessing.