Kokua Na'auao is the name of the service-learning curriculum used to train college students entering Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine. Service learning combines teaching with community service, allowing students an opportunity to obtain experiential knowledge. Nursing and social work students come from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University.
Providing critical job readiness, Papakolea Fire Academy is a program that allows young men and woman looking for a future career as one of Hawaii's finest and be the lucky few to be offered a position in the Honolulu Fire Department.
The academy offers everything needed to prepare for the daunting task such as agility, basic health screenings, fire department test readiness, and many more tools to aid them in their pursuit.