2019 islander scholars academy

JUNE 7 to 9, 2019


CONGRATULATIONS on your selection to the 2019 class of Islander Scholars!


Important To Dos

(1) Arrange and know your travel arrangements; check your email for flight arrangements.

(2) Meet your Islander Scholars guide and exchange contact information; if you have any questions or concerns, your guide is there to help you.

One out of every ten people on our planet lives on an island. You are one of them. As an islander, you know how important it is to care for the land beneath our feet, to work in harmony with one another, and to learn from our past as we walk into the future.

At the Islander Scholars Academy, you will meet juniors from public high schools across Hawaiʻi who, like you, were chosen as the person who exemplifies the qualities of an island scholar. You will also get to know experts in community building, cultural practice, government, business, and other fields. Together, we will sharpen our skills, make new friends, and explore our future paths.

what is the islander scholars academy?

The Academy is a leadership development experience run by Islander Institute and Mālama Learning Center. It is designed to be a fun and meaningful learning experience created specifically for the 2019 Islander Scholars.

By the end of the Academy, our hope is that each Islander Scholar will have:

  • A significant experience that you will remember for the rest of your life

  • Friends and adult mentors whom you can count on for support as you move into your senior year and beyond

  • An understanding of what it means to be an islander, and your own personal confidence and commitment in exploring the kuleana that comes with living on an island


We need you to arrive at the Academy with an open mind and an open heart. You are expected to respect each other, respect the people and places that will be our hosts, and respect yourself.

Please read these materials carefully. Your Islander guide will also be in contact with you if there are any additional requirements before the Academy.


The Academy will be at the Kohala Institute at ʻIole in Kapaʻau on Hawaiʻi Island. For more information, visit their website at www.kohalainstitute.org.


travel to kohala institute - friday, june 7

Scholars flying to Hawaiʻi Island: You will need to arrange your own ride to your home airport. All Scholars flying to the Kona Airport will be met at the Hawaiian Airlines baggage claim on Friday morning and transported to the Kohala Institute.

Hawaiʻi Island Scholars: For Kona-area students, plan on meeting us at Kona Airport by 9:00 am. For Hilo-area students, let us know if you need a ride and we will arrange for pick up locations and times. For those who are able to get a ride to Kohala Institute, plan to get to 53-580 ʻIole Road in Kapaʻau past the main parking lot in a drop off area next to the GRACE Center by 10:30 am.

leaving kohala institute - sunday, june 9

Scholars flying from Hawaiʻi Island: We will transport you to Kona airport for your flight. Please make sure your ride knows your arrival time to pick you up from your home airport.

Hawaiʻi Island Scholars:  Please have your ride meet you at the main parking lot of 53-580 'Iole Road in Kapaʻau by 2:00 pm.  

things to bring

All Scholars flying to Hawaiʻi Island can bring one free checked bag for your flights.

  • Clothes for three days and two nights including:

  • Jacket, long sleeves, long pants (in case it gets cold at night)

  • Shoes and socks

  • Slippers

  • Clothes that can get wet/dirty (swim suit, t-shirt)

  • Tabis (if you already have) or covered shoes that can get wet and dirty (you will be walking and going into a loʻi)

  • Bedding: pillow, sheets, blanket, and/or sleeping bag

  • Towel for shower

  • Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Any necessary medications for yourself

  • Mosquito repellent (optional)

  • Snacks (optional)

  • (Your guide will contact you before the Academy if there are any other specific items that you should bring)


tentative schedule

Day 1 – Friday, June 7

Place and person

11:00 AM – Islander Scholars Academy begins at Kohala Institute


Kinship to place

What is an islander?

Day 2 – Saturday, June 8


Workday at huiMAU

Group work at Kohala Institute 

Day 3 – Sunday, June 9


Early morning reflection

Mapping my kuleana

1:00 PM – Goodbyes for now

guides and mentors

the 2019 islander scholars







ʻO Hawaiʻi kuʻu ʻāina kilohana
— Hawaiʻi is my prized place