Nā Kūpuna Program (FAQ’s)

Nā Kūpuna Program: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  1. What are the requirements to participate in the program?

    a. To join, you need to be over 60, and a resident of Hawai‘i.

     Read more here (Terms and Conditions)  
  2. What is the registration process?

    a. We hold our registration before the beginning of each semester. Once our registration period begins, you will receive a form via email that you fill out regarding what courses you want to take. We usually also ask you to submit your TB Clearance around this time.  After this, we will give you an instructor approval form that requires the signature of the professor teaching your course, to be returned in the first weeks of school.

  3. What classes can I take?

    a. You can take almost all of the classes offered on the UH Mānoa campus, with a few exceptions. Classes you take must be held in-person, so no online courses are permitted, and only undergraduate courses, or courses numbered 490 and below, are available. Additionally, courses in the law and medical school programs, yoga, tai-chi, and the English department’s creative writing classes are not available.  (*note: Fall 2020 will be all online) 

  4. What do I have to do for the Tuberculosis Clearance form?

     (note: for Fall 2020, TB Clearance will be waived for online courses) 

    a. All new participants to the program must  provide proof of TB clearance by one of the two methods:

    i. 1) Submit a TB test result that has been administered on or after August 20, 2017,

    ii. 2) Submit the TB Control Form available in our office.  A U.S. licensed physician or healthcare provider’s signature is required on both the TB test result and the TB Control Form. TB Clearance results can be submitted to our office as a scanned copy sent to nakupuna@hawaii.edu or as a hard copy.


  1. Do I have to pay anything?

    a. All courses, with the exception of some art classes, are free. Art classes charge varying fees for the materials used.

  2. Where can I find the classes being offered?

    a. A list of all of the classes being offered is available online here:


    b. To search online, look up “UH Mānoa Class Availability”, and select the semester you are looking to attend classes in.

    c. If you would like to look at a hard copy, they are available at the UH Mānoa Bookstore on campus.

  3. What should I do about parking?

    a. There is parking available across the campus for varying fees. The Lower Campus parking structure allows you to park from 5:00 am – 4:00 pm for a flat rate of $5. There is also parking available on the upper campus, where most classes are held, for a rate of $2.00/half hour. There is also a free shuttle system that is available, with routes going across and around the areas near the UH Mānoa campus. Many buses also run through and near the campus. Senior yearly bus passes are available for $35/year.

  4. Can I get a student ID?

    a. No, student IDs are not available to participants of this program.

  5. Can I use the library and borrow books?

    a. Yes, both libraries on campus have visitor passes available for $30/year to those over 60.

  6. Can I use the gym on campus?

    a. Unfortunately, gym membership is not available at this time to participants of this program.

  7. Can I use the computers on campus?

    a. Yes, our program issues Visitor Internet Access (VIA) to everyone in the program who needs it. With VIA, you are able to get WiFi on campus and use the computers in Hamilton Library and Campus Center Rm. 316.

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