Frequently Asked Questions for Scholarship Recipients


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Q:  What is the A‘o Makua program?  

A:  The A‘o Makua program allows you to reconnect with your roots and share the Hawaiian culture with your ‘ohana.  This program is for parents, caregivers, alumni, educators and all other interested adults who want to learn more about Hawaiian history, language and cultural practices via distance education.

Q:  If I have any questions regarding A‘o Makua, who can I contact? 

A:  Feel free to email us at or by phone at (808) 842-8877.

Q. How will this benefit me?

A: The A‘o Makua online course is a flexible way to meet part of your service learning or community service requirement. The courses focus on Hawaiian language and culture and give you an opportunity to connect with other scholarship recipients as well as people from around the world.

Q: How many service learning or community service hours are applicable toward my community service or service learning requirement?

A: You will receive 5 service learning hours for completing one A‘o Makua course.

Q: Can I take more than one course to fulfill my service learning or community service requirement?

A: (Post High): No, you can only take one course as part of your service learning or community service requirement for the academic year.

A: (PKS/Kipona): Yes, you may take more than one course to fulfill community service hours for the academic year (August – July).

Q: What if I’m interested in taking additional courses for personal enrichment purposes?

A: (Post High): We encourage you to do so, however, no credit hours will be applicable toward your service learning or community service requirement.

A: (PKS/Kipona): We encourage and welcome you to take as many A‘o Makua courses as possible.

Q: How do I report my A‘o Makua hours to financial aid?

A: (Post High): Upon course completion, you must attach a copy of the A‘o Makua Certificate of Completion to the Nā Ho‘okama CSR or the ‘Imi Na‘auao CST. The certificate will serve as confirmation of completion.

A: (PKS/Kipona): Upon course completion, login to the Ho‘oulu Kaiāulu Parent Portal and report the course name, organization, completion date and total hours completed.

Q. How can I participate?

A: Registration is available online.  Please choose the appropriate registration type (i.e. ‘Imi Na‘auao, Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi, Pauahi Keiki Scholars or Kipona)

Q: What is the purpose of the Registration types?

A: For reporting purposes, we can generate various reports by the various registration types.

Q: The system only allows you to select one option and suppose I meet two of the registration types, does it matter which selection I choose?

A: Suppose you are a new registrant, and you are both a current scholarship recipient and KS staff; we would prefer that you select that you are KS staff, so that you are not charged a fee.  However, we ask that you email us at to let us know you are a scholarship recipient, and we can then manually change your profile and track you as a scholarship recipient.


Q: Are there course descriptions?

A: Yes, all course descriptions are available on the A‘o Makua Web site.

Q: Do I have to take the courses in order?

A: No, you can take the courses in any order. The ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i courses do build on each other, so it is suggested that you take those courses in order, but each course provides a review of the previous course‘s content.

Q: I already have Hawaiian culture and language experience, are these courses beginner or advanced?

A: The goal of the courses is to provide access and resources to share with others.  Most of the content is introductory but you will be able to extend your learning beyond the course.  The courses also provide a unique opportunity to share your own culture and language expertise.


Q: How long are the courses?

A: Culture courses are three weeks and language courses are four weeks.

Q: How much time will the course take?

A: Estimated time is 2-3 hours per week.

Q: Do I have to login at a certain time/day?

A: There will be a start date and an end date for the course.  During that timeframe, you can login to the course at anytime that’s convenient for you, and there will be a course instructor available to facilitate discussions and provide feedback.  After the end date, the course instructor will not be available, but you are able to access the course materials for up to a year.


Q: Will there be an instructor to answer my questions?

A: Yes, all courses have a facilitator to answer questions and provide additional support.

Q: What kinds of skills do I need?

A: All courses will be completely online with an instructor available if there are questions. These are some characteristics of people who do well in online courses:

  • Open-minded about sharing experiences
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • Have computer with Internet access and feel comfortable using technology

Q: What types of hardware/software will I need?

A: All courses are completed online. Therefore, you will need a reliable computer with Internet access. Please refer to the Requirements page for more information.


Q: How much does the course cost?

A: The course is $10.00.  Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning is offering a discounted price to current KS post high scholarship recipients.  The actual cost of the course is $25.00.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: We accept check, credit card or fee waiver via the online registration process.

Q: Why is there a cost?

A: The $10.00 registration fee covers course costs but also ensures your commitment to life-long learning and making the most of your experience.

Q: Are there Fee Waivers to cover the cost?

A: Yes, fee waivers are available.  During the registration process, you can select Fee Waiver and download a form.  You will need to complete the form and submit it to our office.  Completion of the form does not guarantee that your course fee(s) will be waived.  Allow at least two weeks for notification upon verifying required documentation.

Q: What is the process for returned checks?

A: The bank will make several attempts to cash the check before notifying the Kamehameha School’s Cashier’s Office. Once the Cashier’s Office is notified, your registration will be cancelled and you will need to submit a valid form of payment before you can register for another course.

Q: What if I need to cancel my registration?  Do I get a refund?

A: A‘o Makua has a No Refund Policy.  Credit will be given up to 14 days prior to the course.  Credit can be used for future course registrations.

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