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Summer Academy

UH West O‘ahu has a strong commitment to our local high school students by developing innovative programs to help them prepare, transition and eventually succeed in college. The Summer Academy is one of UH West O‘ahu's signature programs that help local high school graduates get an early start on the college experience. There are normally several different programs to choose from depending on theme or criteria. Some programs are designed around traditional themes such as effective writing or college algebra, while others may focus on an area of interest to one of our talented faculty members who wish to inspire the next generation.  

Ke Ala Kauwela 

Summer Bridge Programs

Ke Ala Kauwela, translated as "The Pathway to Summer" is the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu's new summer program initiatives for freshmen. Students will gain the necessary skills to become successful in college and also develop an understanding about `āina and place-based education to foster meaningful relationships with peers, staff and faculty. Throughout the summer, students will utilize campus and community resources to aid in student success and ultimately ease the transition into their freshman year. To apply for one or more of the Ke Ala Kauwela programs for Summer 2017, complete and submit the Ke Ala Kauwela Application (PDF). 

Ke Ala Kauwela Programs: 

Ke Ala Kauwela Application (PDF)

Ke Ala Kauwela Brochure (PDF)

Math Summer Bridge

(Funded by GEAR UP Hawai‘i P20 and UH West O‘ahu)

Dates: June 1 - July 27 (8 week program)

Time: Monday - Friday (9:00 am - 12:30 pm)

The Math Summer Bridge is for students interested in getting ahead in college. This program gives priority to 2017 high school graduates from Title I high schools. All students who are enrolled in any of the Hawaii DOE public high schools listed below will be eligible to participate in a Math 103 M/L tutor embedded course. Students who are considering attendance at any 2 or 4-year college are eligible to be a part of the 2017 Math Summer Bridge. Students in the 2017 Math Summer Bridge gain:

  • College Credit:
    • Math 103 M/L Course (5 credits)

Students will engage with faculty, staff, campus resources, and peers throughout the summer. These opportunities will assist students in building relationships and making the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.

Eligibility & Application Process

Math Summer Bridge Application

Math Summer Bridge flyer (PDF)

Preference will be given to 2017 high school graduates of the following schools:

ʻAnuenue High School Kohala High School
Farrington High School Konawaena High School
Hana High & Elementary School Leilehua High School
Hawaiʻi School for Deaf & Blind McKinley High School
Hilo High School Molokaʻi High School
Honokaʻa High & Intermediate School Nānākuli High & Intermediate School
Kailua High School Olomana High & Intermediate School
Kaimuki High School Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate School
Kaʻu High School Pāhoa High & Intermediate School
Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino Wai‘anae High School
Keaʻau High School Waipahu High School
Kealakehe High School