Student Groups & Organizations

Mentoring & Peer Support

Pu’uhonua aims to provide a sanctuary for Native Hawaiian (NH) students in the UH Mānoa’s College of Education (COE) by creating a welcoming environment that connects NH students to various resources to support them in their educational, professional, and personal goals.

Pu’uhonua also provides community and cultural experiences from a Hawaiian perspective for the entire undergraduate COE student population to support COE’s strategic plan to strive to become a Hawaiian place of learning.

Learn more about Pu’uhonua


Alyssa Kapaona

The mission of the Puahia: Inspiring Emerging Leaders Program is to engage, empower, and support new students within the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s (UH Mānoa) College of Education (COE) as they begin to identify and realize their academic and professional goals toward becoming future leaders.

Learn more about Puahia


Alyssa Kapaona

Support for Filipino students in gaining admission and completing COE programs at UH Mānoa. The goal of Tinalak is to envision, inspire, and weave together Hawaiʻi’s new generation of teachers through the recruitment and support of Filipinos in the education profession.

Learn more on the Tinalak website

Student Organizations

CESA is UHM COE‘s local chapter of the NEA Aspiring Educators program! CESA is a club run by College of Education students, providing professional growth opportunities through conferences and community involvement.

For more information, contact advisor, Denise Abara.

Our Mission: Provide COE graduate (master’s) students with quality support throughout the school year and maximize their master’s experience to reach their professional goals.

What We Offer: 

  • Supports master’s students with the navigation of student services and program requirements.
  • Works with PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH/DEVELOPMENT to connect students to opportunities/notifying students about potential career positions.
  • Mentors and mediates students’ goals with program outcomes.
  • Aids students with research projects, linking them to resources and other guides.
  • Acts as liaison between teacher and student, coordinating student participation in any department or college-wide events (COE convocation, for example).
  • Helps increase participation and volunteering in events, managing sign-ups for volunteering.
  • Participates in campus-, college-, department-wide events for student recruitment.
  • Aids student preparation for post-master’s endeavors.
  • Develops and upkeeps relationships with alumni/professionals/PhD association to help students with future plans.

For more information, contact Yuko Ida,

The College of Education Doctoral Students Association (COEDSA) serves all doctoral students at the University of Hawaii College of Education.

COEDSA organizes an annual orientation for new students as well as an ongoing workshop series during each school year for all interested PhD students. As a doctoral student at the COE, you are part of an email list and will receive announcements about these events as well as other relevant information.

If you’d like to join us or if you have any questions, please contact us at

Our Hui is an organization of Learning Design & Technology (formerly Educational Technology) faculty, alumni, and graduate students at the University of Hawaii. The Hui was established to provide graduate students in the Learning Design & Technology Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with professional, social and cultural support, a forum for discussion about student issues, and official representation to the UH Graduate Student Organization. It also serves to provide alumni the opportunity to stay in touch with the department.

Joining is free and open to LTEC (formerly ETEC) students, alumni, faculty, staff and interested community members.

Please take a short survey which will help the AECT Hawaii officers to support you! AECT-HI Survey

The Higher Education Student Association (HESA) is a collective group of graduate students in the Educational Administration (EDEA) – Higher Education program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The purpose of HESA is to foster a sense of community among EDEA Higher Education graduate students, faculty, and alumni; to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on current issues in higher education; and to provide information to members on issues related to educational, career, and overall professional development.

To get involved, please email

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is a community of students who are dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of special and gifted education. SCEC’s mission is to improve awareness of issues related to exceptionalities, especially related to children with disabilities, through advocacy, education, and support of community efforts.


The Student Council for Exceptional Children is a student organization, with members from all disciplines working collaboratively to ensure that children and youth with exceptionalities are valued and fully participating members of society.

To join or get involved, contact us at