Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna Program at UH Mānoa

Welcome to the Senior Citizen Visitor/Nā Kūpuna Program. Our staff is available to provide assistance and student support during regular business hours. Due to COVID-19, our physical offices in QLC 413 are temporarily closed, so drop-in services are currently not available, but staff can be reached via email (nakupuna@hawaii.edu) or telephone (808-956-4642) for questions or to schedule an appointment. All appointments will be conducted via telephone or zoom. Even though our doors are closed, we are here for you!

The Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna (SCVP/NK) program at UH Mānoa allows Hawai‘i residents aged 60 years or older to attend courses that are offered at UH Mānoa free of charge without receiving University credit. All participants must also have tuberculosis (TB) clearance. A negative TB skin test (PPD – Mantoux) result within one year prior to your enrollment is required.  Additionally, all in-person/hybrid participation will require full vaccination of COVID-19.

Around 300 senior citizens attend classes at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa each semester through the Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna Program. They add to the diversity of campus culture and contribute from their life experience to the classroom setting.

All participants must have access to an email address that they check on a regular basis. For specific questions or concerns, please contact us at nakupuna@hawaii.edu.


Nā Kūpuna/SCVP FAQ’s

Q: “Am I eligible to register for the Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna (SCVP/NK) Program?”

A: In order to participate in the SCVP/NK program, all participants must be 60 years or older, must be bona fide residents of Hawaii, and must demonstrate TB clearance via a TB skin test (PPD – Mantoux) or chest X-ray within one year of enrollment.  COVID-19 fully vaccinated participants are eligible to participate in-person including hybrid participation.  Vaccine verification must be provided via LumiSight UH. COVID-19 Vaccination is not required for online only participation.

Q: Do I need an email address to participate in the SCVP/NK Program?

A: Yes. All participants will be required to maintain and regularly check a working email address, as part of the Terms and Conditions that all participants sign during registration. All official communications from the Nā Kūpuna/SCVP Program this semester will be sent out via email.

Q: I don’t have an email address or a computer! How can I create an email address or check my email?

A: If you don’t already have an email address, there are many options available to set up a personal email address for free. Some examples of free email providers include Gmail (gmail.com), iCloud/Apple mail (icloud.com), Outlook (outlook.com), or Yahoo (yahoo.com). You can find public access computers at public libraries across the state as well as at the Hamilton Library.

 Please read our *UPDATED COVID-19 Terms and Conditions and FAQ’s 

Spring 2022 Registration will open on  December 17 – 27, 2021 or until 300 have registered, whichever comes first.



Class Availability

Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna Program participants may register for up to two courses for Spring 2022, undergraduate courses at the UH Mānoa campus.  In-person/hybrid courses are offered to those who are fully COVID-19 Vaccinated.  Courses for the Spring 2022 semester can be found at this link (under Spring 2022):

The following are NOT available to our program participants: Courses numbered 500 and above, creative writing courses in the English department, Tai Chi, Yoga, Spring 2022 “Extension Courses” with the Outreach College, Law & Medical courses and courses with class fees.

Course Information for Pre-Registration

To fill out the pre-registration form, you will be asked to provide the CRN for each course as well as course details, including Department, Course Number, Course Title, and Instructor for each course.

TB Clearance Requirements

For those who are new to the program and are interested in participating in-person/hybrid for Spring 2022, TB Clearance is required.  Below are general requirements for TB clearance for reference.

All new participants to the program must submit a TB test result that has been administered on or after January 8, 2017 demonstrating TB clearance.  TB clearance results should be endorsed by a U.S. licensed physician and can be submitted to our office as a scanned copy sent to nakupuna@hawaii.edu or as a hard copy submitted to our office at Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services (QLCSS) 413.  If you have registered with our program during any semester since Fall 2016 and already submitted a valid TB result for those semesters, then you do not need to submit a new TB result unless otherwise notified.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

For those interested in participating in-person/hybrid for Spring 2022, full COVID-19 Vaccination is required.

Based on 2022 COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination for Student Policy (http://go.hawaii.edu/VJJ), NK participants must be fully vaccinated and negative COVID-19 tests DO NOT apply.  In-person participation will also depend on Faculty Approvals (instructors approving you in-person or online participation).  Be sure to reach out to course instructors via email to confirm if they will be accepting vaccinated community auditors. Please note, though we will be returning to some in-person learning, not all courses will be 100% in-person and may be a hybrid (combination of both in-person and online). See course formats here: http://go.hawaii.edu/KgV

Prior to reporting to campus, individuals will be required to do daily check-in via the UH Lumisight App which will require participants to upload vaccine information.  In addition to creating your LumiSight UH account and uploading your COVID-19 vaccine information, please complete this form which will go directly to the program informing us of your COVID-19 vaccination status and intention to participate in-person/hybrid.

We will not accept emailed or photocopies of your COVID-19 Vaccine card.  It must be uploaded and verified through the LumiSight UH App.

Contacting our Office

Our Staff is available to provide assistance and student support during regular business hours.  Due to COVID-19, our physical offices in QLC 413 are temporarily closed, so drop-in services are currently not available, but staff can be reached via email (nakupuna@hawaii.edu) or telephone (956-4642).

 All appointments will be conducted via telephone or zoom. Even though our doors are closed, we are here for you! 

Other Adult Education Options

Besides our program at UH Mānoa, we would like to highlight some other options for continuing education outside of our program. Below, we list information on older adult education programs at UH Manoa and other UH campuses on O’ahu.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), located at UH Mānoa, offers a number of courses designed for older adults 50 and older. You can find out more about their program at this link: http://www.osher.socialsciences.hawaii.edu/membership-enrollment.html.  The OLLI semester begins about a month later than the usual UH semester, so information on Spring 2018 classes may not appear until closer to that time.

Windward Community College (WCC), Leeward Community College (LCC), Kapi’olani Community College (KCC), and UH West O’ahu (UHWO) all offer Senior Citizen Visitor Programs similar to our program. Course availability can be found at this website: https://www.hawaii.edu/myuhinfo/class-availability/  .  To register for these programs, see their websites and/or contact each program individually (see information below):

WCChttps://windward.hawaii.edu/admissions_records/senior_visitor_pass.php

LCChttp://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/registration-types

KCChttps://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/admissions/senior-citizen-program/

UHWO: Contact UHWO’s admissions office at: (808) 689-2900 or uhwo.admissions@hawaii.edu

In addition to their Senior Citizen Visitor Program, KCC hosts a Kupuna Education Center, which offers courses “to develop and provide training and education for the older adult community population in active aging, to provide family caregiver training, to create a quality and committed community health wellness workforce, and to coordinate this information with all of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges.”  More information can be found at:  https://continuinged.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/kupuna-education-center/

Honolulu Community College (HCC) does not have a Senior Citizen Visitor Program, but has a similar program called the Emeritus College. Find more information by visiting pcatt.org/emeritus. Register by calling the Emeritus Office at (808) 845-9296 or in-person at 874 Dillingham Blvd., Bldg. 2, Rm. 507.

Supporting the Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna Program

You can support the Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna Program at UH Manoa through donations that help to sustain our mission. Donate online at: https://giving.uhfoundation.org/funds/12353504.

 

Director: Racquel Raneses
Queen Lili`uokalani Center for Student Services 413
Phone: (808) 956-4642
Email: nakupuna@hawaii.edu

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