by Shayna Fujimoto, Generations Magazine Intern

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80; anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

Na Kupuna is a program that provides seniors an opportunity to do just that. As a part of the University of Hawaii’s Student Equity Excellence Diversity (SEED) initiative, Na Kupuna opens up college courses to seniors age 60 and older, which they can attend for free. About 650 senior citizens take advantage of this program every semester!

Although no credit is awarded and no records are kept, seniors can learn more about subjects of their choice, discuss topics with their professors and ask them questions. Up to two courses can be chosen per semester.

Both “regular” students as well as other seniors attend these classes, providing a way to meet, connect and network with students of all ages who share your interests.

Because this program is free of charge, the only requirement is an email address, which the university will use to keep in contact with you throughout the semester.

Check online for the class availability for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester (August through December), as well as the description of courses:

If you are interested in enrolling, contact
Dr. Patricia Masters for deadline information or for more details on how to sign up.

Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services 413

Dr. Patricia Masters
808-956-4642  |