Keaholoa STEM Program

Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program

The UH Hilo Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program (KSP) is a Learning Community that serves underrepresented minority students—in particular Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders—to bolster their academic success in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Students engage in rigorous scientific research that is grounded in Native Hawaiian knowledge and cultural practices. KSP offers cultural immersion, community building experiences, volunteer opportunities, place-based learning, faculty-guided research and summer internship experiences, academic support, professional development, STEM skills development, peer mentoring, and graduate school exploration.


Keaholoa refers to "the long fishing line", a metaphor for the academic tools mentor-teachers will provide STEM students who will "learn how to plumb the depths of academic inquiry."

He lawaiʻa ke kai papaʻu, he pokole ke aho; he lawaiʻa no ke kai hohonu, he loa ke aho.

A fisherman of the shallow sea uses a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea has a long line.
A person whose knowledge is shallow does not have much, but he whose knowledge is great, does.
- Pukui

Nā Mamo o Keaholoa

O ka papakū
He manōwai
He ola!
ʻIa nā manu o Panaʻewa
Mūkīkī ka wai
Ka wai o nā pua Lehua
He wai mālamalama
He wai pilina
He wai Hāloa
Eia nā Mamo o Keaholoa ʻē!

Of the foundation
Source (Wai)
There is life!
Sprout, Offspring
Into the birds of Panaʻewa
Let’s drink the waters
Waters of the Lehua blossoms
Waters of enlightenment
Waters of connections
Waters of the long breath of life
We are the descendents of Keaholoa

Contact Us

Program Coordinator:
Keala Campbell

Student Program Assistant:
Hayden Konanui-Tucker