TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO assists disadvantaged students in their academic trajectory toward graduation at Kapi’olani Community College and in the optional pursuit of advanced degrees. The TRIO program at Kapi’olani CC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves low-income, first-generation college students, and/or students with a documented disability. TRIO assists students to graduate and/or graduate and transfer to a baccalaureate educational institution. Interested students who meet the criteria may contact the TRIO SSS office at (808) 734-9553 or visit ‘Iliahi 113.

Contact Information

Counselors: Brandon Chun (Director) & Dyan Kaneshiro
Program Specialist: Carin Tamayo
Office Assistant: Frances Hokama
Office: ʻIliahi 113
(808) 734-9553

TRIO Program Application

1. Download and save the form-fillable application before filling it out.
2. File drop completed application to using this link:
3. TRIO SSS will contact you to schedule an intake appointment


Students must:

  • Be enrolled at Kapiʻolani CC (Home campus)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • First generation in college (neither parent earned a Bachelor’s degree)
    • Low incomes are defined by federal guidelines (see related information)
    • Documented disability (please confirm with DSSO, ʻIlima 107)
  • Preference is given to students who are:
    • Degree-seeking
    • Enrolled full-time (12 credits or more/semester)
    • Qualified for ENG 98/100 or ESOL 94 or higher on the ACCUPLACER English placement test

Related Information


    To help students graduate and succeed academically, the following services are provided:

    • Computer Lab (10 workstations, free printing, up to 10 pages per day)
      • Study Area (copy machine & other office supplies)
      • Equipment Support (free laptop rentals)
    • Academic Tutoring
      • Peer Tutors are available daily
      • One-on-one tutoring available by appointment
    • Counselors
      • Priority Registration
      • Academic Advising and Course Selection
      • Career Counseling Support
      • Midterm Assessment
      • Transfer Support Services
      • Advising on Non-Academic Concerns
    • Workshops
      • Financial Aid Support – FAFSA & scholarship searches and application
      • Financial Literacy
      • UH Mānoa & UH West Campus Tours
    • Cultural Enrichment Activities
      • Hiking
      • Theater shows
      • Museum tours
      • And other cultural events and activities