Kilohana: The Student Academic Success Center

Kilohana’s mission is to support the learning and retention of all UH Hilo students by fostering the development of independent, self-motivated learners through subject-specific support and academic skills development and by building a network with other units on campus so that faculty and the other members of the campus community are aware of, and utilize effectively, the full spectrum of services that support student success. 

Kilohana supports historically challenging courses and high-enrollment subject areas with peer tutoring in three support centers on campus. Peer tutors are selected for their excellence in the subject area and trained to facilitate independent learning in specific content as well as general academic skills development. In addition to individual and small group tutoring, Kilohana offers study skills workshops as well as print and electronic resources to support students’ academic success. For more information, visit Kilohana's website or contact Karla Hayashi .

  • The Math Center. Located in College Hall 5, the Math Center offers free, drop-in peer tutoring for all math courses (as well as tutoring for math concepts in other courses), and features computers with MathCad and other software. For more information, visit the Math Center page.

  • The Science Center. Located in Science and Technology Building, Room 117., the Science Center offers free, drop-in tutoring for the natural sciences as well as resources for undergraduates studying, or interested in, the natural sciences.  For more information, visit the Science Center page.

  • The Writing Center. Located on the Lower Level of Mookini Library, the Writing Center offers free, drop-in peer tutoring for any UH Hilo student. Peer tutors are trained to help writers gain independence and develop critical thinking skills, discover topics and develop ideas, generate and organize supporting information, and work on stylistic choices. Peer tutors do not provide proof-reading or other editing services; instead they help students develop their own voices as writers and their own drafting and revision strategies, ideally over a number of tutoring sessions throughout the semester. For more information, visit or contact Karla Hayashi , Writing Center Coordinator, at

  • Faculty Support. We will securely house faculty-provided exam review material for students to review independently or with our tutors. We can also visit a classroom and provide specific study-skills or writing workshops for your students. For more information about how we can work with you, please contact Karla Hayashi .

Updated August 2012 - AS