The Counselors at Kapi‘olani Community College supports, unifies, celebrates, and advocates for students in the area of academic advising, career exploration, and mental health. Below are descriptions of the services Counselors provide and their contact information. 

Counselors in Academic Programs

Counselors in Academic Programs are available to assist students to learn about college majors, services, and resources; clarify educational goals; and receive support for academic success.

Business, Legal, and Technology

The Business, Legal and Technology Program offers 2-year degrees in accounting, information technology, marketing and paralegal. All of these degrees transfer and apply to 4-year degrees at UH West Oahu. Our counselors help students select classes, make decisions about their education and complete their goals

  • Florentino Abara, Jr :: 734-9107

Culinary Arts

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

Deaf Studies

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.

Health Sciences and Nursing

Academic counselors guide and support students engaged in Health Sciences & Nursing 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.

  • Russell Kinningham :: 734-9224 (Health)
  • Kristy Yoshikawa :: 734-9387 (Health)
  • Crystalyn Hottenstein :: 734-9305 (Nursing)
  • Wesly Maekawa :: 734-9305 (Nursing)

Hospitality and Tourism

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

Liberal Arts

The Maida Kamber Center has a team of counselors available to assist students in their academic journey. Career exploration services help 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.

  • Amy Cook :: 734-9500 
  • Sharon Fowler :: 734-9500
  • Stephen Harris :: 734-9510
  • Lisa Yrizarry :: 734-9500
  • Jennifer Brown :: UH Mānoa Ka‘ie‘ie/Transfer Specialist :: 956-5563
  • Joseph Yoshida :: 734-9548
  • Dawn Michelle Chandler :: 734-9505

New Media Arts

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

Counselors in Support Programs

Counselors in Support Programs compliments the Counselors in Academic Programs by assisting students with their educational, personal, and career goals.

Disability Support

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.

  • Deneen Kawamoto :: 734-9552

Employment Preparation

The Employment Prep Center provides students and alumni career development education and employment resources by collaborating with academic programs, campus stakeholders, and our community partners to promote lifelong career and educational goals.

  • Sudim Lazo :: 734-9066

English Speakers of other Languages

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English to read, write, speak, and listen at a level that enables them to succeed in college courses.

  • Anthony Silva :: 734-9332

First-time College students

The First-Year Experience (FYE) is the entry point for new Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) students attending college for the first time. As with every new voyage, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Don’t get discouraged, because FYE is here to help you figure it all out.

  • LaVache Scanlan :: 734-9245
  • Logan Halley :: 734-9338
  • Miki Ann Crutchfield :: 734-9339

Highschool Students

The Kuilei Outreach Program is a college transition pathway program that strives to promote cooperative, successful connections, transitions and educational experiences for students who choose to continue their education at Kapi‘olani Community College.

  • Sheldon Tawata :: 734-9842
  • Alfred Gonzales :: 734-9399

International Students

The International Student Program paves the road for international student adjustment and success by providing cultural transition support, college skills, and advocacy for international students.

  • Mitsuyo Lani Suzuki-Severa :: 734-9228
  • Yen Mimi :: 734-9512

Low-income, First Generation College Students

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.

  • Brandon Chun :: 734-9553
  • Dyan Kaneshiro :: 734-9553

Mental Health

The Ka’au Program for Student 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.

  • Cindy Melim :: 734-9585
  • Frances Hokama :: 734-9553

Native Hawaiians

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

On-line Learners

The Online Learner Success program supports students in learning and succeeding in the online environment. Being prepared and ready to learn online is an important foundational step, as well as connecting with academic and student support resources in the journey toward reaching personal, academic, and career goals.

  • Kristie Souza Malterre :: 734-9344

Returning Adults

The Pāhihi Program for Returning Adults is able to assist any student who is looking to return to college, and is not coming directly from high school. We can assist you with transferring credits into the college, identifying a major, understanding general information about our programs, and more.

  • Shannon Sakaue :: 734-9511

Student Parents

Services are provided for student parents focusing on those with financial need. 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.

  • Cathy Wehrman :: 734-9504
  • Brooke Conway :: 734-9503

Veterans and Active Duty Military

The Veteran & Military Resource Center supports student veterans, active duty military, and spouses & dependents who are eligible for education benefits. Visit/contact us to learn how to use your service-connected education benefits and transition to college life.

  • Teri Mitchell :: 734-9290

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Email for further assistance. Please refer to the UH Staff/Faculty directory for more contact details.

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