Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program

Overview Yearlong Services


Meet the Staff


How to Apply


More Information


Pre-Departure Handbook


The Pacific Islander Summer Bridge (PISB) Program is the first step of a year-long college preparation program to introduce first-year students to college-level expectations. Specifically designed for Pacific islanders, the program includes a variety of learning activities, workshops, lectures, tours, and fun social events all designed to help a high school graduate or community college transfer student make the appropriate transition to college life at UH Hilo. Participants will stay at the dorms for the duration of 9-day residential portion of the 13-day program.


  • Arrival / Move-in: August 5, 2015 (any time after 10 am, no later than 10 am Aug. 6th)
  • Program Begins: August 6, 2015
  • Move-out: Friday, August 14, 2015 (by 9 am)
  • Fieldtrip: Saturday, August 15, 2015 (depart 9 am from campus)
  • Free Day: Sunday, August 16, 2015
  • Closing: August 17, 2015
  • International Student Orientation: August 18, 2015
  • New Student Orientation: August 19 - 23, 2015 (optional; fee assessed)


  • Welcoming: You will be welcomed at the Hilo International Airport by UH Hilo staff and students and transported to the campus.
  • Community-building: You will live on campus with other new Pacific Islanders for the entire length of the bridge program.
  • Orientation: Get an early start on orientation to the academics, resources, and culture of UH Hilo
  • Supportive: Build your network of supportive staff, peer advisors, and faculty who will work with you during the program and throughout your time at UH Hilo
  • Fun: The program will include a variety of fun activities including picnic, BBQ, sports, etc.
  • Resources: Participate in workshops that familiarize you with a variety of campus resources including student support services, financial aid, tutoring, advising, student activities
  • Tours: Get to know the UH Hilo campus, the town of Hilo, and the broader island community
  • Academic Advising: One-on-one advising and assistance with class selection and registration
  • Shopping: Opportunities to go to the shopping mall to purchase needed supplies
  • Employment: Assistance in seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, study groups, tutoring on campus or paid internships both on and off campus
  • Assessment: Assistance with English and Math assessment to determine placement in appropriate classes
  • Financial Aid: Assistance in applying for financial aid
  • Bank Account: Assistance with opening a local bank account
  • Identification: Assistance with applying for the Hawaii State Identification Card and UH Hilo student identification
  • Social Security Card: Assistance with applying for a U.S. Social Security card which you will need for employment
  • Stipend: Earn $300 (less taxes) for successfully participating in and completing the program
  • Food: Participants will have meals provided to them 3 times a day for the duration of the residential program.
  • Housing: Participants will live at the same residence hall (dorms) from August 6 - 15, 2014.


All accepted students of Pacific Island ethnicities are eligible to apply for the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program. Final selections will be made by the Pacific Islander Student Center staff.


Free. The PISC will pay for all costs associated with the program including on-campus housing, food, local transportation, activity fees. Participants only need to secure their airline ticket to Hawaii and ensure they have housing after the conclusion of the program.

Yearlong Services

To maintain the momentum and culture of success throughout the first year, the PISB participants will be invited to participate in the following services at the Pacific Islander Student Center.

Academic Support

Students will meet with Educational Specialist at least 3 times a year for individualized advising. The PISC will send out Professor Evaluations for students each semester in order to gauge their academic standing and offer necessary support services.

Study Groups

Students in the Bridge program are placed into essential first-year courses including English, mathematics, and University 101. Organized weekly study groups are offered throughout the year for Math & English courses. Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring provided by Kilohana Academic Success Center or form study groups for all other courses.

Mentor Program

The Peer Assistant Linkages and Support (PALS) program offered through the MAAP office provides support to freshmen students by linking them with upper division students who serve as peer assistants and mentors. Participants receive assistance with peer advising and counseling, registration information, applying for financial aid, career development and study skills. Cultural enrichment activities and social events are planned throughout the year.


A variety of academic workshops and informational presentations will be offed throughout the year. Students are expected to attend at least two each semester.

Community-based Learning

A variety of outings, community service projects, cultural festivals, and social activities are offered throughout the year for the students.

Meet the Staff

Your journey at UH Hilo will begin with a team of students, staff, and faculty members who are committed to your preparation and success.


The program is open to all new students of Pacific Island ethnicity who have been accepted to UH Hilo. Students interested in applying to the program must complete the following forms:

  • INTENT TO ENROLL FORM: If you haven’t already done it, please complete the “Intent to Enroll” form from the UH Hilo Admissions Office and send or fax it back to Admissions (see address at the bottom of the form). This is required to secure your spot at the university before you can be eligible for the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program or to register for classes. Deadline: May 1, 2015

  • PISB APPLICATION FORM: Fill out the on-line application form (preferred) on the Pacific Students website ( This is required in order to be considered for the PISB program. Deadline: June 1, 2015 or until filled.


For more information, contact Desha Staley-Raatior ( or Vidalino Raatior (

Pre-Departure Handbook & Checklists

Before leaving your island for Hawaii, please download this handbook and use it to prepare for your arrival. It contains helpful tips for all new Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo. Come back for the 2015 handbook.