In order to meet the needs of a rapidly growing senior population, the State of Hawai‘i Legislature instituted the Kupuna Education Center as part of an aging and long-term care initiative.  The mission of the Kupuna Education Center is to develop and provide training and education for the older adult community population in active aging, to provide family caregiver training, to create a quality and committed community health wellness workforce, and to coordinate this information with all of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges.
The Kapi‘olani CC Kupuna Learning Center offers classes on campus and online.  The online courses are designed for those who are already working with seniors but may not have a formal introduction to aging issues.  The courses cover six modules over 7 weeks.

4303 Diamond Head Road
Kōpiko Bldg. Rm 201
Phone: (808) 734-9108
Fax:  (808) 734-9128



Online Training service offers 23 courses on different topics that average about 30 minutes (.50 hours) per course. These online training are appropriate for Direct Care Workers that help older adults at:

  • Small resident homes
    • Adult foster homes
    • Care homes operators and their substitute caregivers
  • Adult day centers
  • Home care agencies

Certificate of Participation – After completing each course, you can print the Certificate of Participation for continuing education units (CEU) in hours when you achieve a 75% or higher correct score on the test.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please check with your case manager or supervisor for approval of Continuing Education Units (CEU) for these online courses before starting the class.

Cost for one course is $20 per course or a package of 23 courses for $95.

Kupuna Connection

Kapiʻolani Community College’s TV series dedicated to Hawaiʻi’s Seniors and their families.


Jan Thurman

Jan Thurman

Kupuna Education Center Coordinator

Jan Thurman is a registered Kinesiotherapist, licensed massage therapist, lecturer and former Director of the SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic (formerly SCSU Fitness Clinic for Individuals w/Disabilities).  Ms. Thurman has been working as a Kinesiotherapist since 2000, taught Kinesiology students in an adaptive rehabilitation center from 2002 to 2015, and has worked as a therapist since 1999.  Ms. Thurman has earned a B.S. specializing in fitness, nutrition, and health and an M.P.H. specializing in epidemiology both degrees earned at San Diego State University.  She is a certified MELT instructor, a board certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention instructor, she is experienced in Active Isolated Stretching – The Mattes Method and multiple other therapeutic exercise modalities.  Additionally she is a member of the American Kinesiotherapy Association, the Medical Fitness Association, the International Council on Active Aging, and the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Contact by phone: (808) 734-9469

Anne Matute

Anne Matute

Education Coordinator

Anne Matute received her Masters in Education Degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu.  Her degree emphasis was in Special Education.  She has taught with the State of Hawaii Department of Education  as a general education and special education teacher.  There she used her knowledge and skills to help student with various disabilities learn at their full potential.  Ms. Matute has also worked with the Honolulu Heart Program (HPP) – Asian Aging study.  The HPP was a longitudinal study of Japanese American men.  She assisted in collecting data from participants for research on brain aging, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
Contact by phone: (808) 734-9461


Make An Impact

Kapi‘olani Community College’s Kupuna Education Center’s mission is to support our Kupuna. Through the generosity of our friends and alumni, we have been able to enhance and build our educational programs.

Your contributions can have great impact:

To designate your gift online via the UH Foundation, please Make a Donation

Volunteer Program

The Kupuna Education Center is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please call or email us. We would like to discuss your skills and interests.
How to Become a Volunteer

Call the Kupuna Education Center at (808) 734-9108

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