Hoʻokuʻi III: Na Kumu Alakaʻi
TO JOIN THINGS TOGETHER: TEACHERS LEAD
History and GoalIn 2007 Mr. Eugene McElroy recognized a need to support Native Hawaiian students, particularly those living in rural areas, to gain access to postsecondary education. He approached Dr. Kelly Roberts about addressing this need. Dr. Roberts, and the original team, worked towards increasing access to postsecondary education and certification programs with a particular focus on Native Hawaiian and at-risk high school students. They did this with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program (Award # S362A090051). Thus, Project Hoʻokuʻi began in 2009 on the islands of Hawaiʻi, Maui, and Molokaʻi. Hoʻokuʻi utilized the early enrollment programs already in place, which at the time were not serving many Native Hawaiian students.
In 2014, Hoʻokuʻi II was funded by the Native Hawaiian Education Program (Award # S362A140067), and was refined and expanded to include the islands of Oʻahu and Lānaʻi. During this time, the State of Hawaii Department of Education, in partnership with the University of Hawaii System and other partners, created P20, focusing on early college opportunities for all Hawaii Department of Education high school students. In the spirit of collaboration and aloha, we all worked together to benefit Hawaii’s na keiki.
The goal of Project Hoʻokuʻi III: Na Kumu Alakaʻi (Award# S362A180010) is the formalization of Project Hoʻokuʻi I and II, which successfully supported over 1,000 Native Hawaiian students, students with disabilities, and other at-risk students, towards postsecondary transition at 28 high schools. The formalization includes working collaboratively with the Hawaii Department of Education faculty and staff by training them on the essential skills and elements that made Hoʻokuʻi I and Hoʻokuʻi II successful.
How To Join
Project Hoʻokuʻi will help high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors meet the academic qualifications to participate and succeed in the Running Start and Early Admission college programs. Running Start and Early Admission are statewide partnerships between the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) and the University of Hawaiʻi system that provide an opportunity for academically qualified juniors and seniors to begin their postsecondary education while still in high school.
Call For Inquiry
Mail For Inquiry
Hawaiinuiākea, School of Hawaiian Knowledge
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Native Hawaiian Student Services
Willy Kauai, Ph.D., M.A., Director
Dr. Kauai grew up in Ulupalakua, Maui, and acquired his Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He is the Director of Native Hawaiian Student Services and is the consultant to the project.
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, 32 project staff, Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) faculty, special guests, keynote speakers, and faculty and administration from Hawaiʻinuiākea, gathered together on Oahu. The event is part of the project’s professional...
On June 27, 2019, Lisa Uyehara and Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka did a “talk story” to a “full house” at the STEMS² symposium. The purpose of the short presentation followed by a “talk story” was to get the manaʻo (opinion) of how community and ʻohana (family) could be...
On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Hawaii Department of Education faculty began their first in-person professional development class with Project Hoʻokuʻi III: Na Kumu Alakaʻi on the island of Oʻahu. The island of Oʻahu is fittingly known as “the gathering place.” The...
Lisa Uyehara, JD
PI & Director
Kiriko Takahashi, PhD
Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka, MS
Online Learning Platform & Curriculum Coordinator
Molokai, Lanai, Maui
Caryl Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Nicole Olayon, M.S.
Iwalani McCalla, B.A.
Lisa Uyehara, JD
Get In Touch
Location: 1410 Lower Campus Rd, Bldg 171F, Honolulu, HI 96826
Telephone: (808) 956-5680