Course Description

This course is designed for individuals to build awareness of leadership qualities in today's diverse work environment. Based on core Hawaiian values, participants will learn strategies to manage and lead their teams to success through proven and timeless waiwai Hawaii, or Hawaiian values. Areas of focus include planning, organizing, coaching and motivating teams, solving problems and resolving conflicts.

Course Outline

I. Module 1: Na Konohiki
a. How fundamental Hawaiian family values (ie, pono, kuleana, `ike, kokua, aloha, and malama) were used in taking care of the land, plants, fish and people.
b. How these values are used to define roles, responsibilities and accountability.

II. Module 2: Na Mahi‘ai
a. Introduce the values of ahonui, kuleana, `ike, malama, laulima, and pono
b. How these values are used in planning and managing projects.

III. Module III: Lauhoe
a. Introduce the values of malama, `ohana, laulima, lokahi, and maika`i
b. How these values are used to build and motivate teams.

IV. Module IV: Ho‘oponopono
a. Introduce values such as pono, olu`olu, laulima, lokahi, and maika`i
b. How these values were used in the ancient practice of Ho’opono pono or conflict resolution.
c. How these values can be applied today to resolve conflicts.

Learner Outcomes

Incorporate core Hawaiian values into leadership functions such as:

  • Defining roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Building and motivating teams
  • Resolving conflict


If you are a student with a documented disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability so that we may coordinate the accommodations you need,  you are invited to contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) in `Ilima 107, ph.734-9552 , or email kapdss@hawaii.edu for assistance. For students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing, contact the KCC Deaf Center in Manono 111C, ph. 734-9210 (V) or 447-1379 (videophone).  

Please note:  you will need to contact Kapi‘olani CC's DSSO or Deaf Center to request accommodations in a Kapi‘olani CC course even if you've already registered or receiving services at another UH campuses disability support program.


Suggested but not required: Hookipa me ke Aloha


  • Effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills with respect to similarities and differences within cultures and languages.
  • Awareness of gender and generational roles.
  • Awareness of social and business trends.
  • Awareness of factors that may contribute to national pride and unity.
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