Hiʻilei Project: Creating and Nurturing Early College Opportunities for Native Hawaiian High School Students


This project seeks to provide significant college success during high school for Native Hawaiian, first-generation, low-income students, middle-achieving (B/C) students enrolled in Windward Oʻahu public schools. This is achieved through supportive Early College programming with a focus on dual credit classes, which fulfill both high school and college requirements. Capstone and cohort courses are geared toward each small learning community at each high school, and certificates and degrees are tailored to strengths of a given high school. Early College provides college coursework taught by college instructors in a high school classroom to a class of high school students. A high school success coach partner teachers in each college class further engage, motivate and promote success for high school students. Supportive college counseling is offered to promote success and college-going behaviors at the high schools. Collaboration and coordination between Hawaiʻi State Department of Education school sites and Windward Community College were key elements in producing data points indicating success.