Kako‘o Ulu Oihana program provides support for professional development of Native Hawaiians in health and healing professions.

Kako’o Ulu ‘Oihana Program

The Kako’o Ulu ‘Oihana program provides one time support for members of the health care workforce that are committed to serving Native Hawaiian communities.

Awardees will receive funding for support that may include, but is not limited to, books, supplies, prep course, certifications, and licensure.

There are currently two funding cycles a year.

Who is eligible?

  • Student
    • In a health-related program
    • Undergraduate minimum of 2.0 GPA
    • Graduate minimum of 3.0 GPA
    • In good standing with program
  • Early/Mid-Career
  • Native Hawaiian Ancestry
  • Individuals who serve Native Hawaiians and work for a Native Hawaiian-serving organization


Program Staff

  • Donna-Marie Palakiko, PhD

    Director of Workforce Development

  • Chez Neilson

    Program Specialist

  • Nani Espinda

    Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program Coordinator

  • Lisa Ka‘ano‘i

    she/her/ʻo ia

    Workforce Lead Coordinator

  • Aubrey Mariano


    Administrative Support

  • Conan Wykes


    Program Specialist


(808) 597-6550