Summer Institute

The NHSS Summer Institute program is intended for incoming, transfer, continuing and prospective Native Hawaiian students from all UH campuses.

The program offers sheltered coursework over the summer, mostly taught by Hawaiian professors and instructors in a range of disciplines. The sheltered courses (only our program students are in the class) means that the course is tuition-free for registrants, only requiring enrollees to pay for the course and student fees.

The intention of this summer institute program is to:

  • provide credit-based opportunities for Hawaiian students to progress through their college journey
  • expose Hawaiian students to Hawaiian mentors across a range of academic disciplines
  • offer Hawaiian-focused coursework for students who may not be able to take advantage of such coursework during the academic year, especially for non-majors wishing to “explore” and learn about Hawaiian history, culture, language and research.

Students earned credits toward graduation and as a supplement, participated in workshops that introduce them to student resources, prepare them with the necessary skills and tools for their first year in college, and helped them build a Hawaiian identity at UH Mānoa!

The list of courses being offered as well as the application will be made available during the Spring semester. Check back here for more information.