about our training program

In 2006, 'Imi Hale began this training program in response to a need expressed by the Community Outreach Staff at the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems. Staff requested more education and training in cancer. 'Imi Hale asked over 200 Native Hawaiian Cancer Patients, family members, outreach workers in Hawaiian communities, and cancer care providers to identify cancer care barriers and required knowledge and skills for navigators.

As a result, Ho'okele i ke Ola - Navigating to Health - was developed. This 48-hour experiential training curriculum focuses on 14 core competencies as identified by the community as necessary knowledge and skills for navigators.

Navigation Core Competencies

currirulum format

Training offered in 3 formats:

  1. 6 Days in Honolulu
  2. 4 days on a Neighbor Island plus 2 days in Honolulu
  3. 3 credit Community College4 Course


Each training format involves interactive learning, lectures, network building, and tours of medical facilities.


A Certificate of Completion is awarded to trainees who complete the full 48-hour Ho'okele i ke Ola training.

To learn more about our program or to request a copy of the curriculum, contact:


Training includes:

Role playing

Cancer facility tours in Honolulu

Network building with other trainees

Faculty include physicians, cancer information experts, and cancer survivors