Aloha to Minority Access & Achievement Program
The Minority Access and Achievement Program (MAAP) Office was established as the result of an initiative by the state legislature to “improve the access and success of students from underrepresented ethnic groups at the university and in the professions in Hawai‘i.” The ethnic groups most underrepresented in higher education in this state are Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan and other Pacific Islanders, and Indo-Chinese.
- Academic and personal support through counseling, academic advising, career exploration, and financial aid advising.
- Peer Assistant Linkages and Support (PALS)
- Bridge to Hope
- Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
- Recruitment Activities: Address issues of access by partnering with other campus and community agencies on recruitment and cultural activities. Events include Filipino American Heritage Month, Black History Month, and "The Taste of College" which brings 8th graders on campus to experience a day at UH Hilo.
- Barrio Fiesta
- Decolonizing Food with Aileen Suzara
- Harana Film Screening
- Pin@y Cultural Night
- Pacific Youth Islander Youth Empowerment Day
- Hilo Huaka'i (Outing)
The bamboo, or ʻohe, as it is known in Hawaiʻi, is a significant plant in many Pacific and Asian cultures. The ʻohe symbolizes strength, flexibility, and growth; all important characteristics which nurtures the development of a student.