Project SHINE

This service learning program, conducted nationwide, pairs college students with elderly immigrant men and women, providing tutoring in civics education and English as a second language for the citizenship/naturalization exam. While students have an opportunity to examine immigration and immigration law, culture/ethnicity in America, legal and ethical issues, the roots of poverty in our communities, religion, and teaching techniques, they learn from and help empower those who are marginalized.

The program has over the years been funded by the Corporation for National Service, the US Department of Education, and Learn and Serve America.

In Hawaiʻi, SHINE operates as a partnership between faculty and students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Kapiʻolani Community College, and Chaminade University. Each semester, students are recruited to participate as tutors in weekly 2-hour sessions with elderly immigrants who need assistance for a total of 10 weeks.

SHINE is one of our oldest service-learning projects, well organized, and almost entirely student-run, except for the coordinator (and Director of Service Learning at Chaminade University), Candice Sakuda, who has been with the program since its beginning in 1996, when it was first started in corporation with the local grassroots community organization, the Chinese Community Action Coalition. For more background information, please see: Chaminade Service Learning - Project SHINE

College students who participate as tutors receive credit through the classes offering SHINE as a service-learning option. The tutees also benefit from learning US civics, as well as becoming more competent in reading, writing, and speaking the English language.

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Project Goals

  • To tutor immigrants of Honolulu communities - to help them learn English and pass their citizenship exams ... thus maintaining their quality of life.
  • To promote inter-ethnic agency, community, and university collaboration.
  • To raise the consciousness of college students concerning government policies toward immigrants and the “immigrant experience.”
  • To promote and facilitate the empowerment of immigrants in Hawaiʻi.

    Where We Are

    SHINE takes place at Kalanihuia, 1220 Aʻala Street, 96817 Honolulu, located in Chinatown.
    We may also be running a small pilot program at the FILCOM (Filipino Community Center) in Waipahu, 94-428 Mokuola Street, 96797 Waipahu.
    If you are interested in the Waipahu pilot program, please contact Ulla Hasager at

    See the map and directions to our sites.

    Chinatown: Kalanihuia.
    Waipahu: Filipino Community Center.

    More Information

    Follow the links on this page and download the SHINE Fact Sheet

    See also:
    Tutoring SHINE
    Contact Dr. Ulla Hasager

    SHINE Project Coordinator

    Candice Sakuda: (808) 735-4895 or


    SHINE Fact Sheet and Calendar

    National SHINE:

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    More Information

    Contact the Project SHINE Coordinator, Candice Sakuda, at her email address: If you are interested in learning how you can become a site coordinator or student leader, you may direct your inquiries to her as well.

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