New Student Orientation

The mission of the First-Year Experience Program (FYE) is to welcome and support first-year students of all levels of preparedness and experience in their transition to Kapi‘olani Community College by exposing them to the broad range of educational opportunities and essential campus support programs. FYE collaborates with the campus community to help students achieve academic and personal success and to increase retention and persistence through the first year.

New Student Orientation:

Laulima (Online)

New Student Orientation can be completed entirely online through the Laulima site. It is mandatory and the new student orientation will lay the foundation for your future at Kapi‘olani Community College. Through New Student Orientation in Laulima, you will complete the following modules:

  • How to view your holds

  • Types of holds (Understanding Holds)

  • Health Clearances

  • Placement for Math and English

  • Career Exploration

  • Advising and Course Registration

  • Importance of an Accurate Academic Plan

  • New Student Orientation Evaluation

After completing all modules, students will have an opportunity to share their program of study or major interests which will help determine a time and date for Advising and Registration on campus.

Advising and Registration:

(On campus)

After completing New Student Orientation on Laulima, you will attend an advising and registration session.

Advising and Registration sessions are held at Kapi‘olani Community College, however, phone appointments are available for our neighbor island, U.S. continent, and territory students. Advising and registration are mandatory. At Advising and Registration you will learn how to:

  • Understand requirements for your major of interest
    OR explore areas of interest and potential programs of study
  • Use STAR and create an academic plan
  • Select and register for classes


(On campus)

Welcome to Campus!

According to the Hawaiian Dictionary, hoʻopili means “to bring together, stick; to attach oneself to a person; united, as friends; to mimic, imitate; to claim a relationship; to put together, as parts of a puzzle.” Hoʻopili will be held at Kapiʻolani Community College (Kapi‘olani CC) the week before the Fall semester begins. If you are starting with us in the Spring semester, be sure to mark your calendar for this annual event. The purpose of this event is to welcome you to the campus through engagement activities and meaningful interactions with other student, faculty, and staff. Hoʻopili is mandatory for all students regardless of start date. At the event you will experience Kapi‘olani CC and:

  • Be introduced to Title IX and Student Conduct Policies
  • Learn about Student Life on campus, such as clubs, job opportunities, and leadership positions
  • Attend workshops to help prepare for college
  • Learn more about Kapi‘olani’s programs and services

Once you’ve started…

First Semester

In your first semester at Kapi‘olani, you have a STAR Requirement. Until this requirement is completed, you will not be able to register for classes for the following semester. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that every student makes informed decisions about the classes they should take in the following semester. The STAR Requirement can be completed by any one of the following

  • Attending an FYE sponsored STAR Workshop
  • Attending a STAR SOS Workshop
  • Meeting with a First-Year Counselor
  • Meeting with a Program Counselor

Second Semester

If after your first semester at Kapi‘olani you have not earned a 2.0 or higher grade point average, you are required to attend an Academic Progress Appointment with an FYE Counselor. The purpose of this appointment is to learn how to calculate the minimum GPA needed to successfully finish the school year and to identify the barriers and solutions to get back on track.

FYE is located in the Kikaha o Lae’ahi Center, ‘Iliahi 231 |
Phone: 808-734-9245 | Fax: 734-9606

First Year Experience

FYE is located in the Kikaha o Lae’ahi Center, ‘Iliahi 231
Phone: 808-734-9245
Fax: 734-9606

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