Ahupuaʻa Systems Apprenticeship (ASA)

2 Year Apprenticeship • June 9, 2020 - May 2022

To educate and cultivate the next generation of people committed to living the values and practices of a once sustainable island food system.

Ahupuaʻa Systems Apprenticeship (ASA)

A unique collaborative opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and earn a summer stipend while starting their college career at Windward Community College.

Hoʻokuaʻāina is partnering with Windward Community College to offer a unique program for students interested in ʻāina based work, gaining hands-on experience, carrying on cultural practices and traditions, and creating sustainable ahupuaʻa systems once again in Hawaii. In addition to learning the skills and ethics of cultivating kalo and other foods in the loʻi at Kapalai, participants will spend the summer immersed in the stewardship of various wahi pana in the Koʻolaupoko region such as loko iʻa, loʻi kalo, stream restoration, forest management, while being supported to begin their college career. Upon completion of summer requirements, students will be invited to be a part of the 2-year college degree and certification program.


Graduating high school seniors, students attending early college courses, or students already enrolled at WCC, interested in pursuing career experience and higher education learning about traditional Hawaiian and contemporary community-based ahupuaʻa systems and practices.


  • Must be hardworking & motivated to go to college to pursue any career of interest
  • A resident of Windward/Koʻolaupoko region between the ages of 17-24
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enroll as a full-time student at Windward Community College

Upon successful completion of all apprenticeship requirements, participants will receive a $1200 stipend per session, tuition for college, and entry into the 2-year apprenticeship at Hoʻokuaʻāina while pursuing their degree and certificate at WCC.

At the end of the 2 years students will attain:

  • Relevant, entrepreneurial hands-on experiential and technical training at various wahi pana within the Ko’olaupoko district
  • 2-year AA degree of student’s choice that will foster a pathway to 4-year degree
  • Subject Certificate in Ahupua’a Systems: Indigenous Resource management and Food Production
  • College courses in Science, Hawaiian Studies, Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture, Business, and Economics
  • Diversity of course requirements within cross-disciplinary departments to expose students to a variety of professional career possibilities
  • Mentorship, counseling, and support to ensure successful completion of the program


  1. Complete Intern Application. Last day to submit is Friday, May 15, 2020
  2. Apply to WCC online, https://apply.uhcc.hawaii.edu/apply/win OR via paper application.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid
  4. Contact our office at 808-721-5948 to schedule an interview by Friday, May 22, 2020
  5. Transcript from the last institution of higher education/education, bring to the interview
  6. WCC Acceptance Letter and financial aid package, bring to the interview
  7. Bring 2 forms of ID to interview. Any 2 of the following will do. Hawaii State ID, Drivers License, Social Security card, Birth Certificate
ASA Program Application Opens Friday, March 27, 2020
ASA Program Application Deadline Friday, May 15, 2020
Last Day to Interview Friday, May 22, 2020
Confirmation of Acceptance into Program Friday, May 22, 2020
Complete WCC Online Application ASAP
Complete Financial Aid Application and FAFSA ASAP
Pre-Advising at WCC TBD
First Day of Instruction at WCC TBD
First Day at Hoʻokuaʻāina, Parent and Participant Orientation (required) Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Last Day of Summer Session at Hoʻokuaʻāina Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020
First Day of Fall Session at Hoʻokuaʻāina Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

Questions: email education@hookuaaina.org