What is HāKilo?
HāKilo is a six-week summer experience for Kapi`olaniCC students interested in the life sciences (biology, ecology, chemistry). HāKilo features math-intensive summer courses, hands-on `āina-focused investigations, and educational huaka`i. Native Hawaiian and other students from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Each morning, students engage in an emporium-style math courses taught by college instructors and assisted by student peer mentors. Each afternoon, students participate in faculty-guided research projects involving everything from aquaponics and loko i`a to poi microbiology and watershed mapping. Applicants accepted into HāKilo are awarded a full scholarship that covers lunch, math course tuition, books, materials, and supplies. Students committed to the program gain an edge on math and build their skills through homework and exams. Upon successful completion, students earn valuable math credit and leave with not only a hui of peers in STEM and study skills, but a better understanding of O`ahu’s ecology and various life science career pathways. HāKilo strives to:
- Integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability, and nohona Hawai`i (a vibrant Hawai`i culture and lifestyle)
- Form a hui of highly motivated students in STEM majors
- Provide students with a strong foundation in math and science
How do I apply?
Complete and submit the following:
- HāKilo Application Form
- Personal Statement: tell us about yourself!
- High school transcript
- Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
Submit all of the above to:
Mrs. Keolani Noa, STEM Outreach Coordinator
Kapi`olani Community College, Math and Sciences
4303 Diamond Head Road, Koki`o Building
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96816
or FAX to: (808) 734-9151, attn: Mrs. Keolani Noa
I still have questions. Who can I talk to?
KapCC STEM Program Outreach: (808) 734-9236
Mrs. Keolani Noa, firstname.lastname@example.org
KapCC’s HāKilo program is made possible through support from National Science Foundation: Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, grant HRD-1023665.