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Hoʻokuaʻāina Apprenticeship

June 7th, 2019 to August 10th, 2019

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


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 that are sustainable 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 Koolaupoko region such as loko ia, loʻi kalo, stream restoration, forrest 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 hard working & 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
  • Apply to complete 10-week summer apprenticeship at Hoʻokuaʻāina
  • Attend the summer Ahupuaʻa bridge course at Windward Community College while gaining work and leadership experience in the loʻi at Kapalai 10 hours per week

Upon successful completion of all apprenticeship requirements during the summer, participants will receive a $500 monthly educational stipend per month, tuition for enrollment to college, and an invitation to join the 2-year program as an apprentice at Ho’okuaʻāina while pursuing 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
  • Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Ahupua’a Systems
  • College courses in Science, Hawaiian Studies, Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture, Business, and Economics
  • A 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 May 21st, 2019
  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 May 28th
  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


Email: education@hookuaaina.org
Call: 808-721-5948
Visit us: hookuaaina.org

Complete WCC Online Application ASAP
Complete Financial Aid Application ASAP
Application & Internship Application Wednesday, May 21 st
Last Day to Interview Wednesday, May 28th
Confirmation of Acceptance into Program Wednesday, May 28th
Pre-Advising at WCC Friday, June 1st
1st Day at Hoʻokuaʻāina, Orientation June 7th
1st Day of Instruction at WCC July 1st
Last Day of Summer Internship August 10th
Cohort 1 Official Start Date August 26th