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Local Student Opportunities

Summer School

Summer CTE Academy

Description: The Summer Career and Technical Education Academy is a free six-week exploratory summer program that offers the students the opportunity to experience various career and technical education programs offered at Honolulu Community College. Students will apply their basic knowledge of math and science to practical projects, which will allow them to see concepts they have learned in the classroom come alive. Through lab work, group projects, lectures and assignments, students will explore the technical fields related to trades and services. Students will meet other students with similar interests, collaborate on projects and find solutions to real world projects.

Fees: Free

Eligibility: All high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Date: Registration deadline is May. Further details at the link below.

Hawaii State Department of Education Summer School

Description: The Hawaii State Department of Education official summer school provides an extended learning opportunity for students to have access to academic courses, enrichment, acceleration and/or remediation experiences. Courses are available either online through the DOE E-School or at select schools across the state. If you are not located near one of the official summer schools, check your current school for potential summer course offerings.

Fees: Free

Eligibility: All Hawaii public school students

Date: Further details at the link below.


Hawaii State EconChallenge

Description: The Hawaii State EconChallenge (HSEC) is the premier economics competition for high school students in Hawaii, and is the qualifying round for the National Economics Challenge. HSEC takes place each April and is run by the Hawaii Council on Economic Education (HCEE). The event is free and welcomes new entrants from all Hawaii public, private, and charter schools. Do you teach high school economics in Hawaii? If so, register your interest at the email address below to receive EconChallenge practice materials and information on joining the next competition.

Date: Registration deadline is March. For further details contact the email address below.

American Savings Bank: Keikico Contest

Description: The Keikico Contest is annual business plan competition where students can showcase their best ideas to win $5,000 to $25,000 for their schools. Separate divisions are available for high school, middle school, and elementary school teams. Teams are made up of 2-5 students and enrollment is open to the first 60 teams from Hawaii public, private, and charter schools.

Date: Registration deadline is August. Further details at the link below.

Lemonade Alley

Description: At lemonade Alley, students become mixologists, create retail stores, serve at an “Iron Chef” style taste test and perform a 1-minute sales pitch on stage, all to raise money for a charity of their choice. Benefits include leadership training, 4Cs skills (Creativity, Critical-thinking, Collaboration & Communication), Soft Skills development, design-thinking training, financial literacy, entrepreneurial mindset, philanthropic charitable giving training and Social Emotional Learning. You might say it’s the Kitchen Sink of education! Students gain skills, build their resumes and support our local community as they find their hero within.

Date: Further details at the link below.


Hawaii Agricultural Foundation Young Entrepreneurs

Description: Working with their teachers, students will be tasked with developing an agricultural-related business plan. Once approved, the class will receive up to $1,200 in start-up costs to cover business-related expenses. The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation hosts a professional development session for teachers to learn about the program and how to help their students develop a business plan. They will have a second professional development opportunity to attend the Made in Hawaii Festival to see first-hand how small local businesses market their products and learn the best practices.

Date: Further details at the link below.


Stemworks Internships

Description: STEMworks™is a STEM Service-Learning initiative designed to build critical thinkers and solution creators through project-based, service-oriented student learning. We help engage, inspire and motivate K-12 students toward STEM careers. We train students, as well as teachers in industry-standard software and engineering design practices using hands-on curriculum, regional conferences and workshops. We work with educators, industry partners and the community to build a thriving STEM education-to-workforce pipeline throughout Hawai‘i.

Date: Varies

Hawaii Pre-Health Career Corp

Description: Do you want to learn more about health careers? Are you interested in being a part of a support system for college and career preparation? Join the Hawaii Pre-Health Career Corps!

Date: Varies

Nalukai Academy

Description: Nalukai Academy provides an intensive summer start-up camp on entrepreneurship for high school students that offers a full scholarship.

Date: The summer start-up camp takes place in July.


NexTech Hawaii

Description: NexTech Hawai'i connects youth across Hawai'i island to fun, high-impact STEM camps and mentorship opportunities that promote exploration and discovery in STEM subjects and careers.

Date: Varies

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