The Pacific Islander College Day Conference is designed specifically to inform, inspire, and motivate high school students of Pacific island ethnicity in Hawaii to consider a college education as a viable option for them. It started in 2013 with over 130 participants from 5 local high schools and over 60 volunteers from our Pacific Islander students from Chaminade University, UH Hilo, UH Manoa, and Hawaii Community College. It involved over 25 agencies, colleges, departments, and non-profit organizations. Local schools are invited to bring their Pacific Islander students to the UH Hilo campus during the College Day to expose them to a college environment, participate in a series of fun activities, talks, info sessions, forums led by Pacific Islander college students, faculty, staff, and college admission representatives.
Who is considered a Pacific Islander?
Pacific islanders include those who self-identify as having some ethnic identity in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and other islands in the Pacific. It comprises of those students who were born in any of these island nations or those born in the United States of Pacific island parents.
What activities occurs on College Day?
A variety of fun and informative activities that help students get motivated, inspired, and informed about future opportunities in college and beyond high school. During lunch we will have a Resource Fair which will include a College Row whereby local state and private colleges will talk to students about their schools.
What is the cost of participating in the conference?
At this point we are looking for sponsors to subsidize the cost of the conference so participants do not have to pay, but participants must pre-register online.
How do I register?
There are several ways to register, but the easiest and most preferred way is to use our simple online form.