Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the total stipend amount that my child will receive for completing the internship?

    Participating students will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the program classes, summer internship and any program related surveys and assessments. This stipend will be awarded at the end of the summer that they complete their internship (July 2022, 2023, or 2024).


  2. What are the requirements to receive this stipend?

    Students will be required to complete more than 90% of the classes and internship hours. They will be allowed to make-up work within 14 days. (This includes absences due to illness or COVID-19 exposure).

    For the internship, opportunities to make-up missed time will be conducted on a case-by-case basis and dependent on the availability of the internship site and mentor.

    Students who miss more than 2 classes or 4 internship hours (without making up work) may lose a portion of their stipend and/or be withdrawn from our program.


  3. Will there be mileage reimbursement for taking my child to their summer internship?

    Parents/Guardians can apply for financial aid for taking their child to and from their internship sites. If the student uses public transportation, the student (or parent/guardian) can also apply for financial aid for a bus pass. In special circumstances, transportation to and from the internship may be arranged by the project and provided on a complimentary basis to the student participants.


  4. Will classes be held in-person at a satellite campus?

    Currently, for the 2022-2023 program, we plan to host both online sessions and in-person sessions at our satellite campuses. However, if the State of Hawaiʻi guidelines prohibit in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes will then switch to only synchronous, online classes. Students will be required to meet us online (e.g., Zoom) at the originally scheduled days and times.

    Students will be required to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols when attending our in-person classes and at their internship sites. Note that safety protocols may vary between campuses and internship sites. More information will be provided by the Project Hōkūlani staff.


  5. Will the students work at their internships in groups or individually?

    Students will work at their internship sites together as a small group of 3-5 students. For most sites, the work will be done together as a small group alongside their internship mentor. For some sites, students may split up to work on individual projects, specific tasks, or a portion of a larger project.


  6. Will students work at their internship site in-person or virtually/telework?

    For most internship sites, all work will be done in-person at the worksite. For some sites, on specific days, students may telework from home. A detailed internship schedule will be provided to the students in the future.

    However, if the State of Hawaiʻi guidelines prohibit in-person work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then the project staff will contact the students and parents about a new schedule for each internship.


  7. Will my child need a computer or tablet to participate in Project Hōkūlani classes or internships if there is another shutdown?

    The project will rent each participating student an iPad and a keyboard to use for project classes and activities during the program period. Students will be required to keep the devices safe and return them in good working condition at the end of the program. For online classes, it may be easier to have a second device to connect to a Zoom class.