Aloha Pathways – Community Colleges in Hawai‘i

The College of Social Sciences has partnered with community colleges across Hawai‘i to create a simplified transfer experience. Transfer students may enjoy exclusive benefits including individualized advising and pre-transfer course articulation.

Contact the Transfer Coordinator

Hawai‘i Community College students who complete the following courses of study have paved the way to CSS:

Hawai‘i Community CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate in ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Concentration in PsychologyBA in PsychologyGeneral Education Core;
15 cr major
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Concentration in SociologyBA in SociologyGeneral Education Core;
15 cr major

Honolulu Community College students who complete the following courses of study have paved the way to CSS:

Honolulu Community CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate of Arts – Liberal ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts exploratory BusinessBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
6 cr major
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts Hawaiian StudiesBA in Geography or Political Sciences (indigenous politics)General Education Core; HSL; 0-6 cr major
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts  Academic Subject Certificate PsychologyBA, BS in PsychologyGeneral Education Core;
18-21 cr major
HSL = Hawaiian or Second Language requirement

Kapi‘olani Community College students who complete the following courses of study have paved the way to CSS:

Kapi‘olani Community CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate of Arts – Liberal ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Concentration in Business AdministrationBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
6 cr major
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Concentration in EconomicsBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core; HSL;
6 cr major
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Concentration in Family ResourcesBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
3-6 cr major
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Concentration in PsychologyBA, BS in PsychologyGeneral Education Core;
18 cr major
Associate of Science – ParalegalBA in Political SciencePartial General Education;
3 cr major
Academic Subject Certificate – International StudiesBA in Anthropology or Political SciencePartial General Education; HSL;
3-6 cr major
Academic Subject Certificate – SustainabilityBA in EconomicsPartial General Education;
3 cr major
HSL = Hawaiian or Second Language requirement

Transfer Student Profile: Saki Miyazaki
From Japan to Hawai‘i and Back: An Aloha Pathway Success Story

  • Born and raised: Fukuoka, Japan
  • Enrolled at the College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: 2014
  • Graduated from: KapCC, AA, 2013; UH Mānoa, BA, 2015; Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), MA, 2018
  • Date of expected graduation: 2022, PhD, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo)
  • Future plans: Becoming an educator and teaching in the social sciences

“I was initially a student at Kapi‘olani Community College taking general education classes. It was a great way to acclimate to Hawai‘i and learn the language and local customs. After earning my associate in arts degree, I continued my higher education at the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, where I majored in ethnic studies. It is a discipline that you cannot study at universities in Japan. Getting a degree in the field helped to prepare me to work in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural world. The Aloha Pathway makes transferring easy. I would tell everyone to come to the College of Social Sciences. It is a life-changing experience!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I transfer from Kapi‘olani Community College (KapCC) to the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM)?

The KapCC/CSS Transfer Pathway offers wonderful continued study opportunities in Hawai‘i’s multicultural environment, which allows students to explore different cultures and worldviews. UHM is internationally ranked among the nation’s and world’s best universities.

What are the transfer requirements?

KapCC students who successfully complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts can earn guaranteed admission to CSS with junior standing. See further details at the KapCC Transfer Station and the UHM Office of Admissions.

What are the benefits of transferring from KapCC to CSS after earning an AA degree?

KapCC students who have earned an AA degree with a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher can enjoy:

  • The prestige of belonging to a premier research university consistently ranked in the top 1.5 percent globally.
  • Priority UH Mānoa registration with junior standing.
  • Confidence in knowing how courses meet General Education Core Requirements.
  • Individualized advising services, including pre-transfer advising and transition coaching.
  • Discounted tuition for qualified California students through the Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition program.
  • Resident tuition rates for eligible Native Hawaiian students.

How will I know if my KapCC credits are transferable?

Check with your KapCC academic advisor after earning your AA degree, or contact CSS academic advisor Dawn Nishida at nishida@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-0658.

How much does it cost to attend UHM?

UHM ranks among the nation’s most affordable universities and has one of the lowest average student debt per borrower figures in Hawaiʻi, according to LendEDU.

Am I eligible for financial aid services at UHM as a transfer student?

Can I graduate with a double major at UHM?

Yes! UHM students may pursue a double major or multiple majors within CSS, and within other schools and colleges at UHM.

Is there on-campus student housing at UHM?

Yes! On-campus residential housing is a convenient place to live and participate in the campus community.

What is the study abroad program like at UHM?

Exciting study abroad opportunities abound for UHM students in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Where can I find more information on the UHM Athletics program, the Warrior Rec Center, and intramural sports?

Athletics events including football, volleyball, basketball and baseball are a big part of campus life and the community. UHM students who pay the student athletic fee attend home athletic events simply by showing their ID cards. UHM fee-paying students also have access to the 66,00-square-foot Warrior Rec Center, considered one of the best recreational facilities in the state. Check out the active intramural sports, too!

Kaua‘i Community College students who complete the following courses of study pave the way to CSS:

Kaua‘i Community CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate of Arts – Liberal ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Exploratory BusinessBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
6 cr major
Associate in Sciences with Concentration in BusinessBA in EconomicsPartial General Education;
6 cr major

Leeward Community College students who complete the following courses of study have paved the way to CSS:

Leeward Community CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate of Arts – Liberal ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Online Associates of Arts – Liberal ArtsOnline BA Economics
Online BA Women’s Studies
Online Hybrid BA Sociology
Online Hybrid BA Psychology
General Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Business CertificateBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
6 cr major
Academic Subject Certificate – BusinessBA in EconomicsPartial General Education;
6 cr major

Maui College students who complete the following courses of study have paved the way to CSS:

Maui CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate of Arts – Liberal ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Exploratory BusinessBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
6 cr major
Associate in Applied Science – Accounting
Business Administration
Hospitality & Tourism
BA in EconomicsPartial General Education;
6 cr major

Windward Community College students who complete the following courses of study have paved the way to CSS:

Windward CollegeCSSRequirements met
Associate of Arts – Liberal ArtsAny majorGeneral Education Core
Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts with Academic Subject in BusinessBA in EconomicsGeneral Education Core;
6 cr major
Academic Subject in BusinessBA in EconomicsPartial General Education;
6 cr major