2017 ʻAʻohe Pau Ka ʻIke I Ka Hālau Hoʻokahi Symposium

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi. All knowledge is not learned in just one school. 

The 2017 ʻAʻohe Pau Ka ʻIke I Ka Hālau Hoʻokahi Symposium celebrates the work of the Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative II (PEEC II) Summer Bridge students from Kapiʻolani CC, Windward CC, Leeward CC, UH Maui and UH Mānoa. This symposium is an opportunity for the participating colleges to come together, each sharing the ʻike (knowledge) attained through the varying 2017 Summer Bridge Programs.

Including: guest speakers, student presentations, undergraduate research poster sessions, Hawaiian food and awards; the symposium aims to showcase the inspiring work of Hawaiʻis future engineers.

Check out KapCC students: Chris Blake, David Chuang, Jusden Keliikuli, Mahealani Kini, Matt Kohatsu, Yuree Ku,  Leah McCabe, Cassidy Siegrist, Kayla Valera, Drew Watanabe alongside other future engineers from HonCC, LCC, WinCC, UH Maui, and UH Mānoa.

2017 ʻAʻohe Pau Ka ʻIke I Ka Hālau Hoʻokahi Symposium

Friday, August 11th, 5:00 p.m — 8:00p.m

Kapiʻolani CC, ʻŌhiʻa Cafeteria

More details and RSVP: www.peec2.eventbrite.com

Admission is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided. RSVP today!

PEEC II a six-campus University of Hawaiʻi system effort to create culturally-supportive engineering pathways for Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in STEM. 

Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal accepting submissions for the Spring 2018 publication

About Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal

Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM journal is a biannual publication featuring the undergraduate research poster projects of Kapiʻolani Community Collegeʻs Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Health Sciences programs. Pūʻeo ʻo Kū is published by the Board of Student Publication at Kapiʻolani Community College University of Hawaiʻi and highlights the noteworthy student research pioneered on the Kapiʻolani Community College campus.

Submit your work

Students interested in submitting their work to Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM journal, may do so online by visiting the Board of Student Publications website and filling out the online submission form.

Submission Criteria:

Work must be:

  • Produced at KapCC during the following semesters: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017
  • Featuring coursework in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Health Science fields
  • Submitted by the respective student author
  • Submitted digitally as a project poster formatted in .ppt or .pptx ONLY!  (File size should not exceed 8 MB)

Students may submit more than one work as it applies to the submission criteria. All submitted work will undergo a peer reviewing and rating process. Top rated research projects will be selected for publication in the Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM journal.

The deadline for Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal 2018 submissions is Friday, December 1st, 2017. Submissions received after that date will be applied to the following Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal set to publish in Spring 2020.

For more information about Pūʻeo ʻo Kū STEM Journal visit the Pūʻeo ʻo Kū Journal tab on the KapCC STEM website and/or contact: Keo Eaton, STEM Outreach Coordinator at ksleaton@hawaii.edu or (808) 734-9262.

©Kapiʻolani Community College, The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran. 

S.U.R.F Spring 2017


Kapiʻolani Community College STEM Program invites you to come and S.U.R.F with us at the Student Undergraduate Research Fair on Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd, at Ohiʻa Cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Join us for a wide range of insightful research presentations set forth by the students of Kapiʻolani Community College.

For more information, please contact, Keomai Eaton at kselaton@hawaii.edu (808) 734-9262 or Li-Anne Delavega at ldelaveg@hawaii.edu (808) 734-9440. See you there!

Pa’ina with a Pro

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 marks the second Pāʻina hosted by the STEM Center.

Pāʻina with a Pro is an opportunity for students to engage with a former professional in the field, gaining professional insight and helpful tools as students prepare for the workforce.

This event will feature a Proʻs & Conʻs presentation by Sam Callejo, retired Civil Engineer and former Chief of Staff to Governor Cayetano. Sam has served as VP of Administration at UH Mānoa and as President of Construction Engineering Services, among other things, and has a plethora of working experience to impart on students.

Donʻt miss your chance to Pāʻina with a Pro. Wednesday, April 12th from 4pm-5pm at Kapiʻolani Community College STEM Center at Kokiʻo 202.

For more information contact: Keomai Eaton, STEM Outreach Coordinator at ksleaton@hawaii.edu or by calling (808) 734-9262.

Check out STEM at 29th Annual International Festival Week

 As part of the 29th Annual International Week Festival, Kapiʻolani Community College STEM clubs will be sharing club projects and activities at Ohiʻa Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 from 12pm-1pm.

Explore interactive exhibits designed by student club members and learn how you can get involved. Be a science explorer!

For more information contact:  Keomai Eaton, STEM Outreach Coordinator at ksleaton@hawaii.edu.

Manu-o-Kū Cam Livestreaming From KCC


Manu-o-Kū chick with parent on campus. Photo by Katie Gipson, KCC Student.

The Manu-o-Kū (aka the White Fairy Tern or Gygis alba) is a seabird indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. This species can be found across the Pacific as well as in the south Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Although listed as least concern on the IUCN red list, they are listed as threatened by the State of Hawaii. Because of this, these beautiful birds are protected by the State of Hawaii as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Since they are protected, you are not allowed to get near, mess with, or harm the bird, chick, or their nest. So, if you see one and would like a better view, please stay a minimum of 10 meters away. The Manu-o-Kū  is a bird of interest for us not only because it is a threatened, indigenous bird, but also because they are the official bird of the city and county of Honolulu and the Southern Shore of Oahu and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are the only areas in Hawaii that they can be found nesting.

Currently we have a livestream up of a Manu-o-Kū chick on campus. These are our “ambassador Manu-o-Kū ” since they nest in a very open and visible area, which gives us the unique opportunity to set up a camera to monitor the chick 24/7 and allows us to see the chick grow and the parents care for it. This livestream is a part of a SCI 295 class which is an undergraduate research project that monitors the nesting behavior, activity, and population size of the Manu-o-Kū  on KCC campus as well as some sub-projects that monitor the Manu-o-Kū  chick’s growth rate and the cultural importance of the Manu-o-Kū within the Hawaiian Islands.

If you would like to watch our  KCC chick grow up through the livestream, you can go to:


If the livestream goes down, please be patient! Those of us on the Manu-o-Kū  project are watching the livestream as well, so we know when it goes down and will get it up and running again as soon as possible!

Mahalo to the library for their help and technical assistance. A special thanks to librarian Joy Oehlers for being so patient and involved every step of the way.

If you would like to know more about the Manu-o-Kū  on campus, please contact Dr. Wendy Kuntz, KCC Student Project Mentor (734-9869 wkuntz@hawaii.edu) and she will arrange a student consultation. Manu-o-Kū nest on open branches and active nests on campus are marked with yellow flagging.  Please let us know if you see an unmarked nesting tern. On-campus, the KCC students can help answer any questions or help with a Manu-o-Kū chick reporting or rescue.  If they are not available, or if you are off-campus, please visit www.whiteterns.org for phone number on who to call to report a chick on the ground or nest disturbance. This website has many amazing pictures of the Manu-o-Kū  and their chicks, includes basic information about the Manu-o-Kū, and is where you can get involved in the city-wide Manu-o-Kū  citizen science project.  

Author: Katie Gipson, SCI 295 STEM Experience in Ecology.