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Philosophy of Service

The KOKUA Program (Kahi O Ka Ulu ‘Ana - “The Place of Growing”) is the primary campus unit responsible for providing academic access services to students with disabilities toward equal opportunity. Creating equal access is a shared responsibility of students, faculty, KOKUA, and the entire campus community. KOKUA is administratively situated in the Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity within the Division of Student Affairs.

Respecting the worth, dignity and rights of students with disabilities, the KOKUA Program has, since its inception in 1966, striven:

  • To promote equal educational opportunity for/with these students by providing appropriate academic access services, upon request and in accordance with legitimate need, in order to offset restriction related to their disability;
  • To promote the growth and development of these students by encouraging their self-reliance, resourcefulness, and responsibility; and
  • To foster faculty, administrative and staff receptivity, flexibility and objectivity in their interactions with these students.

The Origin of Our Name KOKUA

Mary K. Plumeria TreeEarly in our history, former KOKUA student Mary Kaikainahaole dubbed the KOKUA Program (Kahi O Ka Ulu Ana) - The Place of Growing. Indeed it has been a place of growing for the thousands of students in the KOKUA Ohana - those who have been served here and those who have worked here over the years.

Mary K was a graduate student in ethnobotany here at UH Manoa and left a rich legacy of the importance of educating our community about Hawaiian culture.

When KOKUA was relocated to the Queen Lili`uokalani Center for Student Services in 1994, a stalk of Mary K's Pauoa plumeria trees (originally planted near old KOKUA at the Bachman Annexes) travelled with us and a tree in her memory can be found on the mauka side of our building.

UH Manoa Policy on Disability Access

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment, and employment in, the University's programs and activities.

ADA and Section 504 Coordinator for Students

Dr. Francisco Hernandez
Vice Chancellor for Students
2600 Campus Rd. QLCSS 409
Phone (V/T): (808) 956-3290

ADA and Section 504 Coordinator for Employees/Applicants

For assistance with employment-related disability accommodations and information on policies and complaint procedures contact:

Mie Watanabe
EEO/AA Office
Services Bldg. 1-102
Phone: (808) 956-7077