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Punaewele 'Oihana No'eau, Career Kokua: Hawaii Career Information Delivery System

Program Goals and Emphasis

Hawaii’s state program emphases include: 1) Internet Career Kokua; 2) tools and resources for career development in multicultural and diverse settings; and 3) alignment of education, workforce and economic development. Hawaii is currently focusing on product development in the following categories: 1) Internet Career Kokua (CIDS Online); 2) student, parents, and counselor materials; and
3) training and presentations for systemic impact.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Plantation agriculture has declined. Tourism and military are key economic sectors. Construction and health care industries are rapidly expanding as economic engines. There is momentum to invest in innovative industries such as high technology, life sciences, film and digital, and diversified agriculture. Hawaii has a highly diverse population. In 2004, the largest ethnic groups in K-12 public schools were Hawaiian or Part Hawaiian (26%), Filipinos (20%), and Caucasian (14%). Also, special needs affected 51% of students.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Accomodation & Food Services
• Retail Trade
• Health Care and Social Assistance
• Administrative and Waste Services
• Construction

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Career Kokua: Over two hundred institutional subscribers have access to a full online career information delivery system and the public has access to unrestricted components. The system adheres to the Association of Computer System-based System for Career Information (ACSCI) standards and thus, career information is comprehensive and up-to-date.

• The Real Games Series: Hawaii conducted a February 2005 Train the Trainers training for Be Real and Real Life. Real was conducted to build a team of trainers for each of the four counties/major islands. Using the state DOE Standards Tool Kit, the Real Game for Middle School and Be Real for Early High School activities were cross walked with the DOE standards in the Career & Life Skills area.

• Other Quality Information Resources and Tools: Collaboration with various Statewide associations to introduce and present the new National Career Development Guidelines, O*NET, Parents’ Guides, Diversity and Assessments, and Promising or Evidence-based Career Intervention Initiatives and Activities.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Hawaii has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Kokua Users’ Training
• The Real Games TOT and Facilitators’ Training
• NCDA Global Teleconference Session
• Hawaii Counseling Association State Conference Career Development Strand
• Hawaii State and College Fairs
• Hawaii Association of Middle Schools Conference Presentation on “Why Am I Learning This??
• Hawaii CTE Biennial State Conference Booth on HCRN Resources and CK Career Pathways Information
• GEAR UP Statewide Conference on Promsing Practice Career Development break out sessions
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 13
High Schools 41
Community Colleges 11
4-Year Colleges/Universities 6
Other 52

Primary Resources

Hawaii has published the following resources:
• Career Kokua (CK) Activities Handbook
• Career Kokua Programs of Study and Training
• Career Kokua User Handbooks
• From Individual Career Decision-Making to Hawaii's Workforce Supply
• Career Kokua Community Resources
• CK & HI CRN Newsletters
• CK Local Schools and CK Occupations
• Taking an Informed Approach to Career Decision-Making

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• Other (not specified)
• Program Income
• State of Hawaii
Significant Program Partnerships

• Workforce Investment Act Program
• Career and Technical Education Center
• Department of Education, Office of Curriculum, Instruction & Student Support
• University of Hawaii Community Colleges Career Services Group
• HCRN Advisory Committee members’ affiliations, including military and private universities

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Carolyn Weygan-Hildebrand
Hawaii Workforce Development Council
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl Street, Room. 417
Honolulu, HI 96813-5017
Phone: (808) 586-9167
Fax: (808) 586-8674
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Hawaii Workforce Development Council, State of Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

Regional Contact Information