The student who
designed this tapa
print reflected upon
her history of living
along the majestic
Ko`olau mountain
range to depict the
steep pali (cliff) and
difficult climb to
complete a college
education. Also
drawn is the makani
(breeze) that softens
the laborous strain
of the climb. The
student embraces
the Hawaiian saying
"Kulia i ka nu`u:
Strive for the above,
the summit.


Noe Hoapili

“The pathway creates positive change for healing, empowerment, spirituality, self-identity and cultural pride.  By incorporating Hawaiian cultural beliefs we not only preserve our endangered culture, we strengthen and support the productivity of native Hawaiians and non-natives by utilizing a cultural, holistic approach for healing through Hawaiian practices and health education ensuring the legacies of our küpuna continue. Inspired, we reach back with one hand while reaching forward with the other, creating an unbreakable link to our future as we pull each other out of poverty.”


Program Values


Kulia i ka nu'u:
Strive for the summit

There are seven (7) native Hawaiian ethics that serve as facets of our Pathway program:

  1. Ho‘omalu – Governance
  2. A‘o mai – Education
  3. A‘o aku – Teacher Training
  4. Hana – Employment
  5. Kōkua – Service
  6. Alaka‘ina – Leadership
  7. Lāhui – Nation

Ho'omalu (Governance)

  • Criteria
    • CNA, pass nurse aide certification, work or volunteer, enroll in credit courses

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A'o mai (Education)

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A'o aku (Teacher Training)

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Hana (Employment)

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Kōkua (Service)

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Alaka'ina (Leadership)

Using the Nursing Process

  • Assess the problem
  • Diagnose the situation
  • Design a plan of action
  • Implement the plan
  • Reassess

Lāhui (Nation)

He makana aloha mai ka pu‘uwai:
A gift that is given from the heart

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