Hawaiian Learning Program

"Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike" - In working, one learns

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Hawaiian Learning Program

  • The Hawaiian Learning Program (HLP) is an intensive, immersion-enhanced practicum program for MSW students interested in working with Native Hawaiian clients and communities.
  • The primary goal of HLP is to develop the workforce by educating social work students in a community-based, culturally resonant program anchored in Native Hawaiian 'ike (knowledge), skills and values.
  • HLP is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Queen Lil'uokalani Children's Center and the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

Additional Program Information:

  • Haumāna (students) attend mandatory weekly Friday seminars during the academic year, at the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center Honolulu Unit, from 1pm-4pm;
  • Huaka'i (trip) - Haumāna spend 3-4 days over spring break visiting a neighbor island to explore different communities and organizations to create unique partnerships
  • Hō'ike (presentation) - Haumāna are responsible for 2 projects per school year (fall & spring Semester)
  • Must be in a practicum setting during both fall and spring semesters
  • Mānoa, Distance Education and Advanced Standing haumāna are eligible for HLP
  • Stipend available for those haumāna with Native Hawaiian ancestry