High School Counselors Workshop

Each fall, the UH Mānoa Office of Admissions hosts the annual High School Counselors Workshop for State of Hawaiʻi high school counselors who guide juniors and seniors. This FREE event includes a resource fair, important updates & information, and breakout sessions showcasing various opportunities at UH Mānoa. The goal of this workshop is to inform our local counselors about the latest at Mānoa so they may guide students to make the most out of their Mānoa Experience as future Rainbow Warriors!

Monday, September 2, 2022
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Check-in at 8:45 AM, Campus Center Courtyard)
UH Mānoa Campus Center

Schedule of Activities (Tentative - subject to change)

8:45 AM to 10:15 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Academic & Student Services Fair
List of Resources
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM
Welcome Address & General Session Admissions Updates
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Break & Transition
11:00 AM to 11:40 AM
Workshop Session I
11:40 AM to 11:50 AM
Break & Transition
11:50 AM to 12:30 PM
Workshop Session II
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM
Lunch & Mahalo
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Hawai‘i Association for College Admission Counseling
(HACAC) General Meeting
2:15 PM
Optional Workshop Tours

Athletic Events

In our continued efforts to provide you with a "Mānoa Experience" from a "student's perspective," on the day of the workshop, all counselors in attendance will have a chance to pull an unmarked envelope, at random, for two tickets to one of the Wahine Volleyball games listed below. The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa hopes that you will participate in an opportunity to be the President's guests.

Date Time vs Team Location
Friday, October 7, 2022 7:00 PM UC Irvine SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Saturday, October 8, 2022 7:00 PM UC San Diego SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Friday, October 21, 2022 7:00 PM CSUN SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Saturday, October 22, 2022 7:00 PM UC Santa Barbara SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Friday, November 4, 2022 7:00 PM Long Beach State SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Saturday, November 5, 2022 7:00 PM Cal State Fullerton SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Friday, November 18, 2022 7:00 PM Cal Poly SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
Sunday, November 20, 2022 7:00 PM CSU Bakersfield SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center

Workshop (Breakout) Sessions

2022’s workshop sessions are listed below.

For New Counselors - UH Mānoa Admissions 101

Garett Inoue, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Session I only

This session will help you understand the basics of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s admissions process. Information related to admission requirements, the application process, and important deadlines will be covered. Other topics will include how to complete the Self-Reported Application and what to expect for the next application cycle.

Financial Aid Services

Jacob Nakasone, Financial Aid Specialist
Sessions I & II

This workshop provides counselors with the information they need to help students prepare for college and career success. Learn more about the financial aid process, the most recent updates, and more! Get your questions answered by a financial aid counselor.


Dr. Christine Quemuel, Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Rod Labrador, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies
Sessions I & II

The Mānoa Access Initiative (MAI) is an innovative recruitment and student support program that provides a select group of students the opportunity to jump-start their college careers, become critically engaged with the University, and become knowledgeable of all the support services available on campus that are committed to their success. MAI is a partnership between the Division of Student Success, Admissions, SEED, Native Hawaiian Student Services, and the Department of Ethnic Studies. Acceptance to UH Mānoa via the MAI program provides an added support network for students who can benefit, such as first-generation college students and those who do not meet the minimum requirements for regular acceptance to UH Mānoa. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to learn about MAI, discover how to advocate for their high school students to participate, and interact with instructors for the MAI program.


Gina Maesaka, Counselor
‘Ilikea Silva, Counselor
Norelle Quila, Counselor
Kawai Moss, Counselor
Aysia Ferrer, Counselor
Mike Maglaya, Director
Sessions I & II

Thereʻs been a longstanding pathway for admission to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) that not too many people know about. Do you know what it is? Come and learn about the College Opportunities Program, also known as “C.O.P.” Itʻs been the alternative pathway for thousands of students to gain entry to UHM since 1970. COP provides Hawaiʻi residents with a 6-week summer academic and residential program. Participants gain first-hand experience of college and residential living, enroll in classes and earn 3 college credits, become familiar with academic and financial aid requirements, explore campus and its many resources, make new friends and more. Students who successfully pass this all-expense covered program gain admission to UHM in the fall semester. Hope to see you in our breakout session!

Lost in Translation? Direct Entry, Pre-major & Exploratory

Shauna Pimentel-Motooka, Freshman Admissions Advisor, Shidler College of Business
Kiana Y. Shiroma, Director, Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center & Interim Director, Student Success Center
Matt Eng, Assistant Specialist, Academic Advisor, Mānoa Advising Center for Exploratory Students
Sessions I & II

Come join us to learn more about the business direct entry program, pre-health early acceptance programs, and exploratory majors available at UHM!


Tracyn Nagata, Welcome Center, and Visitor Engagement Manager, Office of Admissions
*This session will run through workshop sessions I & II.
**Pre-registration is required

We want to invite schools to visit campus, and we are shifting to still provide a modified campus group visit experience. In addition, we've targeted how we offer visits to students and want to share with you the best options for students to book visits on their own with their families and which events would be most beneficial for a student to attend. We'll go more in-depth on how to partner with our recruitment team, including the Admissions Counselors and representatives that will be working with your school. A one-hour campus tour offered by our current students will follow this presentation.


2500 Campus Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822


Register for the event to receive an on-campus event parking pass in the Lower Campus Zone 20 Parking Structure: (For GPS) 1430 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822

ADA Parking: Persons with ADA placards are welcome to park on Upper Campus with an on-campus event parking pass. Upper Campus parking without an ADA placard will require a fee. For more visitor parking zones, visit: Visitor Parking Map

Parking in the residential areas around campus may be available – be prepared to pay the meter.


The UH Mānoa campus is conveniently located just off the H-1 freeway, in Honolulu's Mānoa Valley.
From H-1 East & Waikiki to the UH Mānoa
  • Take exit 24B for University Avenue
  • Merge onto University Avenue
  • Keep right; Turn right on Dole Street
From H-1 West to the UH Mānoa
  • Take exit 24B for University Avenue
  • Turn right at University Avenue
  • Keep right; Turn right on Dole Street


The Honolulu city bus stops on campus at Sinclair Circle & other nearby locations. Visit TheBus for schedules & fare information.

Office of Admissions Events

Phone Number:(808) 956-8975

by 8/19/2022