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Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge 2015

Overview About the Center


Meet the Staff


How to Apply & Deadlines


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 10-day program.


  • Arrival / Move-in: August 3, 2016 (any time after 10 am, no later than 10 am Aug. 4th)
  • Program Begins: August 4, 2016
  • Move-out: Friday, August 13, 2016 (by 9 am); move into your permanent housing (arranged by you; we will provide transportation)
  • Field-trip: Saturday, August 14, 2016 (depart 9 am from campus)
  • Free Day: Sunday, August 15, 2016
  • Closing Luncheon: August 16, 2016
  • International Student Orientation: August 17, 2016 (required; free, see more)
  • New Student Orientation: August 19 - 23, 2016 (optional; fee assessed, see more)


  • 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 (10 days).
  • Orientation: Get an early start on orientation to the academics, resources, and culture of UH Hil.
  • Intro to Pacific Islands Studies class (NEW, 2016): Get an early view into the college-level course focusing on issues, needs, and history of the Pacific region.
  • Intro to College Reading class: In this class you'll learn what it takes to succeed in a college-level course focusing on note-taking, reading comprehension, research, etc.
  • Supportive Community: 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.
  • Make New Friends: Participants in the PISB have stayed on to become close friends.
  • Fun Activities: 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 Hawaiʻi Island community through fieldtrips.
  • Academic Advising: One-on-one advising and assistance with class selection and registration
  • Shopping Trips: We will provide transportation for you to get your shopping done for your school, personal, housing supplies at the local shopping mall, Walmart, Target, etc.
  • Job Training: Assistance in seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, study groups, tutoring on campus or paid internships both on and off campus
  • Assessment: Early start on the required English and Math assessment to determine placement in appropriate classes.
  • Financial Aid Advising: Assistance in applying for financial aid, proper budgeting, etc.
  • Bank Account: Assistance with opening a local bank account.
  • Identification: Assistance with applying for the Hawaiʻi 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
  • Free Food: Participants will have meals provided to them 3 times a day for the duration of the 10-day residential program.
  • Free Housing: Participants will live at the same residence hall (dorms) from August 3 - 13, 2016. You will need to set up your permanent housing on campus, with relatives and friends, or off-campus.
  • Earn Stipend: Participants will earn $300 (less taxes) for successfully completing all components of the program. Thatʻs right, we will pay you $300 to participate in this program.


The Pacific Islander Student Summer Bridge Program (PISB) is open to all newly accepted students at UH Hilo for Fall 2016 from the Pacific Island regions Samoa, RMI, FSM, Palau, Guam, CNMI, as well as students of Pacific islander ethnicities who are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents who grew up outside of the islands. Eligible students must apply (see below). Final selections will be made by the Pacific Islander Student Center staff.


Free. The PISC will pay for on-campus housing, food, ground transportation, activity fees during the duration of the 10-day program. Participants only need to pay for their airline ticket to Hawaiʻi and ensure they have housing after the conclusion of the program.

About the Center

The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), the “home away from home” for students at UH Hilo from the Pacific Island regions American Samoa, RMI, FSM, Palau, Guam, CNMI, as well as students of Pacific islander ethnicities who are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents who grew up outside of the islands. We have a team that oversees the services, programs, and resources to facilitate your success. We hope to see you at any of our events throughout your time at UH Hilo.

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. The Students interested in applying to the program must complete the following forms:

  • UH Hilo 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: Must be done before you can be accepted.

  • Pisb Application Form: Fill out the online application form, which is required in order to be considered for the PISB program. Deadline: Limited Space; Open until filled.

The PISB online form requires you to answer the following 3 questions with no more than 250 words each. We recommend you compose your answers offline and then cut and paste them into the online form. Below are

    • Biographical: Tell us about yourself, where you're from, what school you graduated from, any leadership roles you've participated, awards you've won, what you consider important to you, etc.
    • Future Goals: Describe why participating in the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program is important to your future educational goals and career aspirations.
    • Inspiration: Tell us about one or two people who have been the biggest influences on your life. Describe how the person(s) has inspired or continues to inspire you on your educational journey.


For more information, contact Vidalino Raatior (; 808-932-7795), Director of the Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 311.

Pre-Departure Handbook & Checklists

Before leaving your island for Hawaiʻi, 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. Download 2016 Handbook Now>