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Center on Disability Studies

2022 - 2023 Annual Report

Project Hōkūlani

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Project Hōkūlani (meaning heavenly star) is a 3-year, culturally responsive, strength- and work-based STEM enrichment and college transition project, responsive to the STEM workforce shortage among underrepresented groups such as NHs and individuals with disabilities.

The overarching goal of Project Hōkūlani is to support Native Hawaiian high school students to enter into postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through a culturally responsive, strength- and work-based enrichment program.

What Project Hōkūlani Does:

Serve Native Hawaiian youth and their families throughout Hawaiʻi, including the islands of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, Lānaʻi, Maui, and Oʻahu.

    • High School Students: Throughout the academic year, we provide bi-monthly student sessions focused on science exploration within Native Hawaiian culture and hands-on activities; college preparation and dual credit opportunities; paid internships; and mentoring.
    • ʻOhana: Throughout the academic year, we provide monthly ‘ohana gatherings that prepare high school parents and families with college tips and resources; strategies to help children learn science at home; and other culture-based science activities.

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