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HiNet Ho‘ōla ‘ike

Windward Community College in partnership with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new program to deliver assistance and support for college and workforce training.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) SNAP Employment and Training program is a federally funded program that is designed to help remove barriers and provide students with access to education and skills training opportunities so they can earn a living wage and achieve financial independence.

At Windward Community College it is called HINET Ho‘ola Ike (gift of knowledge) program.

Students who qualify for the HINET Program may be eligible to receive:

  • Tuition assistance (pending the availability of funds)
  • Assistance with books and mandatory fees 
  • Service Learning
  • Workforce Training
  • Educational Advising, Academic Coaching and Personal Support
  • Support services:
    • Bus Pass, Gas Money, Internet Bill
    • Tutoring
    • Emergency Costs
    • Employment Advising
    • Books
    • Uniforms
    • Career Coaching
    • Job Search Assistance
    • Resume Writing
    • Supplemental Instruction


  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Currently receiving or eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through Dept. of Human Services (DHS)
  • Enrolled in a vocational, professional technical non-transfer degree or certificate program
  • Enrolled in Windward Community College at a minimum of 6 credit hours (part-time) or in an approved noncredit workforce training program or 3 credit hours in a basic education course
  • Not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • You meet the following income guidelines:

SNAP Gross Income Standards

Effective 10/1/18

Household size of 1should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $2,328.
Household size of 2 should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $3,156.
Household size of 3 should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $3,984.
Household size of 4 should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $4,812.

For more information:

How To Apply

Two ways to apply:

  1. ONLINE: 
    • using “HINET Application” form below.

If you are uncertain if you qualify call the HINET office at 808-235-7386 for more information. Please fill out the form with your current SNAP status.

Service Provider Partners

Contact Windward Community College, Service providers, or your local SNAP office. Windward Community College will advise you on job training or retraining courses. We will provide you with support to cover transportation, books, uniforms and school supplies and job search assistance. A SNAP office will assist you with your SNAP needs.

SNAP benefits application forms also available at these locations:

  • Any DHS local processing center
  • Any HINET office on your local community college campus.  We can also help you complete your application form.

Workforce Connection Center
Robert Yamashita, HiNet Coordinator
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Hale Kako‘o, Rm. 103