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The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) is proud to announce that its Hui Kāpehe Program has been selected as one of seven national grant program recipients through the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP), in partnership with Alu Like Inc.

The KIRC's Hui Kāpehe college internship program offers work-related experience, community service learning, and job shadowing opportunities related to career and technical education (CTE) focusing on sustainability and Hawaiian culture. 50 students of Native Hawaiian descent will be accepted for intensive internships in one of KIRC's core program areas: Operations, Ocean, Restoration, Culture and Administration.


  1. Fifty (50) applicants will be accepted into Hui Kāpehe each semester
  2. Paid certification training and/or educational assistance for Native Hawaiian students who fulfill all program requirements
  3. 100 hours paid internship for Native Hawaiian students with the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission in one of five (5) program areas:
  1. Operations. Approved Programs: Auto Body Repair & Painting, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Sustainable Construction Technology, Liberal Arts, Hospitality & Tourism
  2. Ocean. Approved Programs: Natural Science, Marine Option Program, Hawaiian Studies, Liberal Arts
  3. Restoration. Approved Programs: Natural Science, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Hawaiian Studies, Liberal Arts
  4. Culture. Approved Programs: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Hawaiian Studies, Liberal Arts, Hospitality & Tourism
  5. Administration. Approved Programs: Accounting, Administration of Justice, Business Careers, Business Technology, Liberal Arts, Hospitality & Tourism


Click to download the Hui Kāpehe Program Information and Application.


The KIRC's Hui Kāpehe program is a Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Project sponsored by ALU LIKE, Inc. and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), created by the State Legislature and administratively attached to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, manages the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve (Reserve) while it is held in trust for a future Native Hawaiian sovereign entity. KIRC establishes policies, controls uses, coordinates the environmental restoration of the Reserve, and provides for the perpetuation of Native Hawaiian customs, beliefs and practices.

The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission is recruiting qualified candidates for the positions described below.

Qualified candidates may submit a resume with a cover letter stating interest and salary history to:

The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission
attn: Kaʻōnohi Lee - CONFIDENTIAL
811 Kolu Street, Suite 201
Wailuku, HI 96793

Submittals will be accepted until vacancy is filled.

Postings as of August 22, 2016

Cultural Resource Project Coordinator– This position is responsible for managing multiple projects within Culture Program such as Native Hawaiian internships, protection and restoration of archaeological and historical resources, and coordinating Native Hawaiian cultural activities within the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve.

The position is based at the KIRC Office on Maui and may involve extensive fieldwork on Kahoʻolawe requiring extended overnight stays. It is a temporary exempt appointment subject to extensions authorized by the KIRC.

This position requires an undergraduate degree and at least five years experience in Hawaiian historical, cultural practices or ethnography and at least two years supervisory experience; extensive knowledge of Hawaiian history, language, cultural traditions; working understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Chapter 6E of the Hawaii Revised Statues.

Must be able to manage multiple projects concurrently; be self-motivated, works well independently as well as part of a team; and work closely with various Native Hawaiian groups, cultural stewardship organizations and community groups.


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