Project Hoʻokuʻi V: Kūlia i ka Nuʻu
2021 – 2024
US Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program
Project Hoʻokuʻi helps high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to meet the academic qualifications to participate and succeed in the Running Start, Jump Start, Early Admission, and Mānoa Academy programs. Running Start, Jump Start, Early Admission, and Mānoa Academy are statewide partnerships between the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE), and the University of Hawaiʻi System that provides an opportunity for academically qualified high school students to begin their post-secondary education while still in high school.
Project Hoʻokuʻi provides support services to ensure project participants will have the tools necessary to be successful on their journey. We provide financial aid, mentoring, tutoring, and competitive internship programs through the project.
Our philosophy is “we take the student where they are at” and prepare students, who are in high school and not quite ready, to attend college. Other high school students may be ready to take a college class but not have the financial means to pay for the tuition and textbook.
Project Hoʻokuʻi provides financial support for those who have the ability to successfully complete a college class. We work with the students to improve their academic skills, abilities, discover career paths, and help build their confidence. When the individual student participant is ready to engage in a college course, we support the student through the process.
One of our goals is to create college-bound communities, while simultaneously honoring the culture and traditions of this ʻaina. We do this through place-based and culture-based learning, involving the ‘ohana, and the wisdom of the kupuna. The project is closely aligned with Na Hopena Aʻo – HĀ, to malama the entire student.