Maina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi


Kawaihuelani offers two undergraduate minors. One in Hawaiian and one in Hawaiian Immersion Education.

Minor in Hawaiian

  • The overall purpose of the minor in Hawaiian is to provide an undergraduate learning opportunity tailored to classified students who are interested in Hawaiian Language as a second discipline of specialization that will complement their major studies, support their future work in and for the Hawaiian community, and/or empower their growth and development as Native Hawaiians. Acceptance into the minor follows:

  • Completion of 25 credits of university work with a 2.0 cumulative and major GPA

  • Admission to an appropriate academic major

  • Successful completion of HAW 101, 102, 201, and 202.


  • 18 credit hours of non-introductory Hawaiian Language courses (beyond 202) including:
    – 12 credit hours in continuing Hawaiian language study (HAW 301, 302, 401, and 402)
    – 6 credit hours from HAW elective courses at the 300-400 level in various content areas

  • A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the minor

  • A grade of B- or better is required for all Hawaiian Language courses counted towards the Hawaiian Language minor.

Minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education

  • In collaboration with Ho‘okulaiwi: ‘Aha Ho‘ona‘auao ‘Oiwi (Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education) housed within the College of Education, Kawaihuelani administers a minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education to prepare secondary subject area teachers for the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program in the Department of Education. If you are interested in this minor, please contact Kawaihuelani’s director. For more information on dual teaching licensure, please contact the College of Education’s Office of Student Academic Services.