At KCC we organize counselors by department specialties. If you are unsure of which counselor is best suited to help you please fill out our contact form and we will assist you in matching you with a counselor.
Academic counselors provide support to students in planning and preparing to join the workforce or transferring to a four-year institution for accounting, information technology, marketing or paralegal.
Completely Online Learners
Fully Online Learners provides the connection and support resources for Kapi'olani Community College students who choose a path of an exclusively online education. Students are guided through the process and experience of their journey, including online courses, college engagement, persistence and success.
- Kristie Souza Malterre :: 734-9344
The Culinary Arts Counseling office provides support to students with pre-enrollment program information, academic advising, culinary event opportunities, and program scholarship information. Counselors also provide support in transferring to UH West Oahu's BAS-CULM or UH Mānoa's BS-FSHN Culinology programs.
- Lori Maehara :: 734-9466
The Deaf Center is the only deaf-related center in the University of Hawai'i system. The office provides academic support to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, including support from a counselor who is fluent in American Sign Language. Additional services include support from the Deaf Education Paraeducator Program - part of the Center on Responsive Education, and the Gallaudet University Regional Center, providing outreach to deaf individuals, their families, and related professionals.
- Layce Reed :: 447-1379
The Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) serves its students with disabilities by maintaining equal access to classes, programs, and the physical environment. Students must self-identify to the DSSO, provide disability documentation, and engage in an interactive intake process to request reasonable accommodations.
- Joselyn Yoshimura :: 734-9552
The Early Alert program is focused on the detection and intervention of students who are experiencing difficulties that affect academic performance, especially at the start of the semester, and resourcing them for success.
- Teri Mitchell :: 734-9290
The First-Year Experience (FYE) is the entry point for Kapi'olani Community College students attending college for the first time. As with any journey, taking the first step can be the hardest part. FYE is designed to give each new student the best possible start by providing the planning, support and guidance needed to find success in the early stages of a college career.
Academic counselors guide and support students engaged in health career pathways to earn degrees and certificates. Students are counseled in a variety of areas including admission requirements and criteria, curriculum, program costs, financial aid, licensure/certification, and baccalaureate program transference.
Counselors at the Honda International Center provide F-1 regulatory advising and assist students to maintain their F-1 status. Counseling is also provided in cultural adjustment and connecting students to campus resources to help navigate their education and accomplish their career and educational goals.
Hospitality and Tourism counselors help students select classes classes, stay on track for their degree program, and make decisions about their educational and career goals. Counselors can also assist students with academic support needs through individual sessions, workshops and college educational resources.
- Sheryl Fuchino-Nishida :: 734-9716
The Kapo'oloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success exists to ensure that the programs and services of Kapi'olani Community College are equitable for students of Hawaiian ancestry. The program provides a solid foundation for students by reinforcing the importance of education, focusing on personal growth and development within the context of Hawaiian history.
- Michaelyn Nakoa :: 734-9700
The Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP) is a federal grant administered to Kapi'olani Community College for over twenty years through the generosity of Alu Like, Inc. Under the current grant, the goal of NHCTEP is to provide support to 75 Native Hawaiian students with career and technical education programs to help them succeed in attaining certificates and degrees and to transition to the workforce with the option of additional training.
- Rona Kekauoha :: 734-9554
The Maida Kamber Center is a team of counselors available to assist students in their academic journey. Career exploration helps students identify a major that best aligns with their own individuality. Transfer services are available to assist students intending to continue their education at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH), the campuses of the UH system, or outside institutions. Graduation services assists students who are graduating with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Natural Science, Hawaiian Studies, or New Media Arts.
Mental Health and Wellness
The Mental Health and Wellness Office is an essential resource to the campus community in dealing with mental health conditions. Counselors provide a range of services and wellness activities to support the academic and life goals of our students.
Staff and student workers provide support to all enrolled military, veterans and their dependents at Kapi'olani Community College. Services include general counseling, outreach, certification and advice on navigating the Kapi'olani CC environment and its many programs and benefits.
- Regina V Ewing :: 734-9506
Counselors provide guidance and support in the exploration of careers in the New Media Arts (NMA) field. Services include an introduction of NMA programs, guidance through the portfolio and application process, holistic support of current NMA students and access to alumni and industry professionals.
- Stephen Harris :: 734-9510
Academic counselors provide support to students for nursing career pathways to earn degrees and certificates. Students learn about admission requirements and criteria, program curriculum, costs and fees, financial aid, application for licensure/certification, and transfer to baccalaureate programs.
Services are provided for single and student parents, counseling those with financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA process. Counselors provide referrals for child care, legal services and other community resources, and provide scholarship search assistance, and online resources for family friendly events and activities. Textbook assistance is available to eligible students if interested.
- Cathy Wehrman :: 734-9504
The Transfer Year Experience program provides assistance to students transferring to Kapi'olani Community College through the enrollment process during their first semester. Program services to transfer students include guidance through the admissions and financial aid processes, campus orientation, academic advising, and registration.
- Cory Ando :: 734-9676
TRIO assists disadvantaged students in their academic trajectory toward graduation at Kapi'olani Community College (KapCC) and in the optional pursuit of advanced degrees. The TRIO program at KapCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves low income, first generation college students with a documented disability.