Student Support Spotlight: Nāulu Center

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Welcome to an E Kamakani Hou series that highlights the services the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu offers to help our students succeed. Student Support Spotlight will profile the wide-ranging services that are important for our students and campus.

The series has so far featured profiles on AdvisingAdmissions, the Behavior Intervention Team, the BookstoreCampus SecurityCareer ServicesMental Health ServicesDisability ServicesDistance Learning, Financial Aid, the IT Help Desk, and the James & Abigail Campbell Library.

Name of service: Nāulu Culture, Engagement, and Well-Being Center

Where we are: Campus Center, C-131

Who we are: Melissa Saul (Director PIKO Project), Kimberly Reed (Operations Manager PIKO Project), Kimberly Ae (Fiscal Specialist PIKO Project), Aloha Espinosa (Assistant Project Coordinator PIKO Project), Adam (Kainoa) Nahulu (Pueo Scholars Program Coordinator), Hōkū Kwan (Director of Native Hawaiian Student Success Projects), Wela Wahilani (Academic Advisor, Building Bridges), Tiana Henderson (Program Coordinator, Building Bridges), Macie Remular (Instructional and Student Support Assistant, Kauluhāweo Program), Kade (Hema) Yam-Lum (Building Bridges), Jarlyza Mareko (Building Bridges), Tyler Chanthakham (Student Assistant, Kauluhāweo Programs), Gina Pau-Exzabe (Student Assistant, Kauluhāweo Programs), Abbie Reed (Digital Creator, PIKO), Jonnalyn Alves (Student Assistant, PIKO), Boedy Noa (Student Assistant, PIKO), Anoiokapuuwai Iokia(Student Assistant, PIKO), Trinity Nahulu (Student Assistant, PIKO)

What services we provide: The Nāulu Center’s purpose is to help cultivate meaningful relationships across campus and the community; sustain a safe, inclusive and nourishing space to gather, socialize and participate in recreational activities; provide space, resources and opportunities for all on their paths to excellence; nurture the overall well-being of our community; and perpetuate cultural values, traditions and practices to strengthen sense of belonging and place.

What we’re excited about: Currently brainstorming about new events/workshops that aim to engage the campus communities while creatively “thinking outside the box” on how to adhere to the new COVID-19 policies.

What’s special about us: The sense of ʻohana and “Aloha spirit” is abundant. The Nāulu Center provides a safe, inclusive, and nourishing space enriched in the Hawaiian culture for students to launa (socialize and relax), study, and participate in cultural and educational engagement opportunities.

Contact: 689-2683. For space availability and reservations, contact Kimberly Reed at Also, check us out on:

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