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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 Hawaiʻi.” The ethnic groups most underrepresented in higher education in this state are Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan and other Pacific Islanders, and Indo-Chinese.

What is MAAP?

Services Available:

  • 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.

Upcoming Activities and Events

  • Black History Month 2017: Black Women Breaking Boundaries

    March 1st
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    Black History Month 2017: Black Women Breaking Boundaries

    Black History Month (BHM) was established to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans, and to remember profound African American leaders who have left behind a legacy that has inspired many. It also provides an opportunity to reflect upon the history and culture of people of African Heritage.

    The Civil rights movement which benefited all under-represented minority groups, evolved from the aspirations of African Americans and the need for this population to be recognized and included as vital members of society. In spite of this, the future that was envisioned by civil rights leaders and their communities has not materialized or reached a level of equity among these groups which is reflected in the ongoing institutionalized racism and discrimination that occurs in our society.
    The events that have been planned at the UH Hilo will provide a cultural perspective and opportunity for the institution, faculty, staff and students to learn about the achievements of African Americans and the impact they have made in our lives. The Planning Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from UH Hilo. The co-sponsors include the UH Hilo Diversity Committee, African American Organization, Art Dept., History Dept., LBGQT+ Center, Minority Access and Achievement Program, Performing Arts Center, Physics and Astronomy Dept., Women’s Center, and University Dining Services.

    The theme for 2017 is “Black Women Breaking Boundaries” and the following events will be featured throughout the month of February, including a Historical exhibit at the Mo`okini Library created by students, under the direction of Kerri Inglis, Associate Professor of History.

    Events for February, 2017:

    Saturday, February 4th; check in by 6:00 p.m.
    Prince Kuhio Cinemas
    Film: Hidden Figures - (free private screening)
    Limited Seating; Sign Up Required at SSC room 213
    Based on a true story, this film features a team of African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's FIRST successful space missions. Introduction by Marianne Takamiya, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy.

    Thursday, February 9th; 6:00 p.m.
    Wentworth Room 1
    Film: What Happened, Miss Simone?
    This 2015 film tells the story of the legendary singer, pianist, and activist, Nina Simone, also known as the "High Priestess of Soul.” It includes rare archival footage and captures her public successes and private struggles.

    Thursday, February 16th; 6 p.m.
    Wentworth Room 1
    Film: Maya Angelou: and Still I Rise
    This is a documentary about the incomparable Maya Angelou. It is a moving
    tribute of her prolific life; as a singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, professor, poet and writer. The story includes her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her friendship with James Baldwin and work with Malcolm X in Ghana.

    Wednesday, February 22nd; 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

    Performance: Dobet Gnahoré
    $12 Students/$30 General/ $25 Discount
    Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer, Gnahoré has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant performers in world music. In 2010, she shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India Arie at the 52nd Grammys For tickets call 932-7490 or order online at

    Friday, February 24th; 11:30-1:30 PM
    Soul Food For Thought Café
    UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Hall
    Performance and open-mic invitation to poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and all forms of entertainment. Sign Up by emailing <>
    Soul food will be featured on the cafeteria menu

    Tuesday, February 28th; 12:30-1:45 PM
    Student Services Center W-201
    Speaker: J. Phoenix Smith
    Phoenix received her MSW from Howard University. She is a clinical therapist & ecotherapist with over 20 years of experience working in public health, social justice movements, African indigenous healing practices, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and teaching Mindfulness-Based therapies

    For more information, please call (808)932-7461. For accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office: (808)932-7623 (V) or 932-7002 (TTY).

MAAP Symbol

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.

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