Kahikina O Ka Lā Scholarship

$5,000–$20,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/15/2023Submission Deadline

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Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Scholarship is a special program at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (UHMC) supported by the National Science Foundation in response to the application to erect the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) upon the summit of Haleakala.

Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is committed to increasing the participation of Native Hawaiians in higher education and guiding them to leadership roles in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The program aims to continuously build strong relationships among cultural resources, scientists, technicians, educators, STEM employers, and community leaders. The award ranges between $5,000 and $20,000 and is awarded to undergraduate Hawaiian Natives at UH Maui College. Applicants must seek degrees in STEM or Hawaiian Studies.

Key Information of Kahikina O Ka Lā Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Engineering
  • Hawaiian Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

University of Hawaii Maui College

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


Kahikina O Ka Lā Scholarship Timeline

February 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on February 3.

May 2023

Submission Deadline.

The submission deadline is on May 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Freshman – Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2
  • Geographic Eligibility: Hawaii
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Native Hawaiian

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Grade transcript
  • Financial Information

How to ace the Kahikina O Ka Lā Scholarship


Start the application process right away

You should start the application process as soon as possible. This will allow you enough time to acquire all necessary documents and complete all forms. Have everything organized and planned to avoid any last-minute complications.


Engage in community service

Applicants are advised to participate and complete 10 hours of community service if possible with a group that assists the Native Hawaiian community. Provide a résumé full of your work experience in community service and extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership you took in several projects in your community, neighborhood, or school.


Keep your grades up

Applicants must demonstrate good academic standing; so keep your grades up and your GPA at 2.0 or preferably above for better chances of winning. Grades indicate how serious and dedicated you are.


Don’t miss the deadlines

Applying early gives you an edge, allowing judges enough time to review your submission and follow up on you. Applications sent after the deadline date will not be considered.

How the Kahikina O Ka Lā Scholarship is Judged

Eligible students are judged based on their academic achievements and community service experience, online application.

Why We Love the Kahikina O Ka Lā Scholarship


Consideration of financial need

The Maui College Kahikina O Ka Lā Program considers applicants and their inability to pay for their college costs or university education. It allows less privileged access to higher education to pursue their goals.


Applicants acquire work experience

By volunteering for community service, applicants acquire experience that will help them in their field of study and future careers.


Applicants motivated to contribute to their communities

By engaging in community service, applicants are inspired to think differently and know how they will contribute to their community and society in the future.

5 Facts About Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Scholarship


Applicable to international students

International students, who wish to also study are applicable, may be considered to apply.


Kako’o student support

Kākoʻo Student Support's pahu hopu is to effectively connect students and the community to academic materials to become participating members of Maui Nui with the goal to meet the students at their point of need.


Career training courses

UHMC education offers career training and professional development courses in a wide range of topics including free Hawaiian language classes.


Maui vocational school

The college is a projection of the Maui Vocational School established in 1931.


Heritage and culture

Aside from being a student, applicants will also learn and know more about native Hawaiian culture and engage with others from the same community.

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