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Hawaiʻi high schoolers are invited to We Go Kākou, a free informational virtual session filled with swag, games, prizes and hands-on activities for haumāna (students) considering college.

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Nā Pua Noʻeau (NPN), a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa college enrichment program geared toward increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students who attend and graduate from a UH campus, will host free online events in February 2022 for high school students and their ʻohana (family). Students can sign up for either the February 2 or 16 virtual session set for 5:30–7:30 p.m. Registration is required to participate.

“The overall intent of We Go Kākou is to excite Hawaiʻi’s students about higher education and have them enrolled in college as an option and a link to broadened career opportunities,” said Kinohi Gomes, NPN UH Mānoa director.

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Space is limited and open to 200 seniors and 300 9th through 11th graders. NPN, which is part of the campus’s Native Hawaiian Student Services, has run programs for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade since 1989 and has centers at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, UH Maui College, Kauaʻi Community College and UH West Oʻahu. NPN provides haumāna of all ages along with their ʻohana a plethora of first-class learning opportunities aimed at providing direct access and a bridge between the community and higher education.

Learning opportunities are held in collaboration with university and community organizations including the Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program at UH Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Department of Education, Project KULEANA, Kamehameha Schools and Liliʻuokalani Trust.

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