Nā Kūpuna Program (FAQ’s)

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

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

a. In order to participate in the SCVP/NK program, 1) all participants must be 60 years or older, 2) must be bona fide residents of Hawaii, and 3) must demonstrate TB clearance via a TB skin test (PPD – Mantoux) or chest X-ray within one year of enrollment. 

 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.  

b. After this, we will give you an instructor approval form that requires the signature and completion by the professor teaching your course, to be returned in the first weeks of school.

c. Once you’ve been approved, you will need to work directly with your instructor to gain access to course content and materials such as Laulima and other platforms. Course textbooks can be purchased through the UH Bookstore.  Academic materials through the UH Hamilton Library may not be accessible due to restrictions on academic licensing.

3. What classes can I take?

a. Senior Citizen Visitor Program/Nā Kūpuna Program participants may register for up to two courses for Fall 2022, undergraduate courses at the UH Mānoa campus.  Participants are eligible to participate in up to 2 courses either online and in-person classes. 

 Excluded courses: Medical, Law school, 500+ level courses, English Department’s Creative Writing, Yoga, Tai Chi & Outreach College/Extension courses. 



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

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

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

c. 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.

5. What do I have to do for COVID-19 Vaccine clearance?

COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to participate but it is strongly recommended by UHM Health Services Office that participants have COVID-19 vaccination while on campus.

Participants are subject to UHM COVID-19 Policies such as wearing a face mask on the UHM property and indoors.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Can I get a student ID?

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

10.  Can I use the library and borrow books?

a.  Due to COVID-19, the UH libraries remain closed to the public and require a UH Manoa One card upon entrance which is only available to students, faculty and staff.  NK participants are not eligible for UH ID cards.

11. Can I use the gym on campus?

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

12. Can I use the computers on campus?

a. At this time computer labs on campus in Hamilton Library and campus center are closed to the public. Computer labs are only accessible to UHM Students, Faculty, Staff with a valid UH Mānoa ID Card which NK participants are not eligible for.

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