Students at community service project at Hale Mauliola on Sand Island.

Laupaʻe 3-Day Summer Residential Program

The intent of Manawa Kūpono is to provide intensive and individualized services to Native Hawaiians related to enrolling and succeeding in college. Laupaʻe 3-Day Summer Program will provide a residential summer experience at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for high school students of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Students who are chosen to participate will experience living in the residential halls, take classes that include test-taking skills, and the exploration of different majors at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. While also being exposed to cultural activities to enhance cultural knowledge and identity as a Native Hawaiian.

Laupaʻe Summer Program Flyer 2019 (PDF) *

Laupaʻe Application:


  • Be of Hawaiian Ancestry.
  • Must be attending Target Schools: Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue, James B. Castle High School, Hālau Kū Māna, Kailua High School, Nānākuli High School, Waiʻanae High School, Hilo High School, Waimea High School or Molokaʻi High School.
  • Entering the 12th grade during the 2019-2020 Academic Year.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (on a 4.00 scale) at the time of application.


  1. Manawa Kūpono: Laupaʻe 3-Day Summer Residential Program Application.
  2. Proof of Hawaiian ancestry (Please only submit one hard copy of any of the following: Applicant’s Birth Certificate, Department of Hawaiian Home Land lessee (DHHL), Hawaiian Registry at OHA, Operation ʻOhana at OHA, or Kamehameha Schools Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center Verification Letter).
  3. Personal Essay up to 1 page based on the following prompt: Why do you want to attend the 3-Day Summer Program (how will it benefit you and what are your expectations)? How are you a positive role model in your community?
  4. Two recommendation forms obtained from an academic instructor and grade level counselor.
  5. Official copy of your high school transcript.


Submit or postmark application and all required documents to Manawa Kūpono no later than Friday, April 5, 2019. Applications and/or any required documents received or postmarked after the deadline will be deemed late and not considered. Manawa Kūpono will not consider any application or required document that is received electronically through facsimile or email.

Manawa Kūpono Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program
Program c/o College Opportunities Program
Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Rm 308
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822

DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2019 (Postmarked Deadline)

Laupaʻe 3-Day Summer Residential Program Application 2019 (PDF) *

For inquiries, please contact Kawai Moss, Project Coordinator at (808) 956-6186.

Manawa Kūpono is funded in whole by the Native Hawaiian Education Act under the U.S. Department of Education. The funding of Manawa Kūpono: Laupaʻe 3-Day Summer Program is contingent upon the allocation of sufficient funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Manawa Kūpono reserves the right to update and change the terms and requirements from time to time without notice. The Manawa Kūpono coordinators have the right to retract, suspend or deny scholarship funds if terms of requirements are breached. Application is subject to change.