UH VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: Molokai high students earn college credits

University of Hawaiʻi
Dan Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
Director, Spokesman, UH Communications
Posted: May 2, 2018

Link to video and interviews: https://bit.ly/2JLpzQE


WHAT – Moloka‘i High School students earn college credits and gain confidence in the Hoʻokele program, a partnership involving Molokaiʻi High, the state Department of Education, University of Hawai‘i Maui College Molokaʻi Education Center and Kamehameha Schools

WHEN – The two-year program started in academic year 2017-18

WHERE – Molokaʻi High

WHO – About 20 Native Hawaiian students at Molokaʻi High



  • Hoʻokele program is a two-year project funded by Kamehameha Schools in partnership with Molokaiʻi High, the State Department of Education and UH Maui College Molokaʻi Education Center.

  • The Early College/Dual Credit program pays for tuition, fees and books, and students earn both college and high school credits through courses offered at the UH Maui College Molokaʻi Education Center that are taught online and at the center.

  • The Hoʻokele program also funds a coordinator on the Molokaʻi High campus.

  • Research shows that students who take early college classes are more likely to enroll in college, more likely to persist in college and more likely to complete a degree.

  • Early College classes also lower the cost of higher education because students have already earned credits before entering college.

  • 14 percent of Hawaiʻi high school graduates from the Class of 2016 participated in dual credit programs, up from five percent for the Class of 2011.

  • The number of Early College classes has increased from approximately 8 classes in the 2012-13 school year to more than 205 classes in the 2017-18 school year.  

  • For more information: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2018/05/02/molokai-high-college-credits/



 (1 minute, 12 seconds)

  • Molokaʻi High sign  

  • Molokaʻi High assembly (2 shots)

  • Presentation in Molokaʻi High library

  • Early College student Taye Mowat (4 shots)

  • Various campus shots of Molokaʻi High (4 shots)  



Taye Mowat – Moloka‘i High student (7 seconds)

“In high school, they’ll get on your case to turn in your work, but college, it’s all up to you. So I’m glad I got that experience.”

Kalei Adolpho – Hoʻokele Program Coordinator (6 seconds)

“Once you get the first couple of classes down, we are hoping that theyʻll just take off from there.”