Summer Institute



Nä Pua No‘eau offers opportunities to qualifying native Hawaiian children in grades six through twelve to participate in summer residential programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Mänoa. A variety of course offerings are conducted during a two-week residential program.  Instructional staff includes University faculty, community resource people, and established experts or artists.

Students throughout Hawai‘i and the U.S. mainland are invited to participate each summer.  Programs in the traditional academics, sciences, visual arts, leadership and Hawaiian culture are planned for the students.

A native Hawaiian component is included through the kükulu kumuhana sessions. Each morning students gather to prepare themselves physically, mentally, spiritually for the day ahead.  Activities embrace Hawaiian language and culture as expressed through oli (chant), hula, and arts and crafts.

The residential aspect of the program is an important part of Summer Institute.  Students come from different communities, backgrounds and schools within the State of Hawai‘i as well as from out of state with one common factor - they are all Hawaiian.  The residential activity is designed to create a climate that is a continues of the learning experiences students have in class.

A culminating hö‘ike (presentation) at the end of each two week session to share their learning experiences with their parents and the community.



Nä Pua No‘eau

Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children


Mahalo to the Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program-Kaiäulu STEM Scholars,

Pacific Islands Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES), the US DOE Ke Ola Mau Grant

and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for funding these summer programs.