Project Hōkūlani

Project Hōkūlani - A star and full canoe of people paddling together

Project Dates: 2020 – 2023

Funded by: US Department of Education


The overarching goal is to create a seamless and supportive STEM education pipeline for Native Hawaiian youths to bolster their aspirations to enter into postsecondary STEM fields. Ultimately, the project will enhance local capacity to support Native Hawaiian youths’ career development in STEM fields and make them future shining stars in STEM fields. It will be achieved by developing and implementing a research-based Hōkūlani Model, drawn upon social cognitive theory and mindset theory to create Native Hawaiian students’ agency to take an active role in shaping their academic and career pathways.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Hye-Jin Park

Team: Dr. Hye-Jin Park; Dr. Kiriko Takahashi; Kendra Nip; Jerrik Feliciano; Dr. Yoko Kitami; Samantha Wee; Tingting Reid; Alejandro Guillen; Robert Young