In October of 1988, upon the recommendation of the Hawaiian Studies Task Force in the Kaʻu Report of 1986, to address the under representation of native Hawaiian students, the Kuaʻana Student Services was established and later changed to Kuaʻana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services. Kuaʻana is a service program for students of Hawaiian ancestry that is organized within the Office of Student Equity, Excellence, & Diversity in the Office of Student Affairs at UH Manoa.
Since 1988, Kuaʻana has served thousands of Hawaiian students academic support student services that include need-based tuition waivers, malama aina activites, an annual financial aid fair to allow students to interact face to face with financial aid, tuition waiver and scholarship resources on and off the Manoa campus. In addition, students may visit the Kuaʻana office to speak with staff about academic related concerns. Kuaʻana also forwards to the Hawaiian students information on the availability of jobs, internship, and scholarships.