University of Hawai?i at Manoa

04/03/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/03/2017 13:27

College of Social Sciences prepares local high school students for success in a global environment

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


A Manoa Academy class at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama.

The College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa has launched a multifaceted program as part of its ongoing efforts to engage local high school students, improve college readiness, and prepare them for success in a global environment. The innovative approach includes the Mānoa Academy of Social Sciences, a statewide pilot program offering Hawaiʻi's high school students the opportunity to earn dual credits at their high school and at UH Mānoa, and agreements that provide a gateway to students from Asia and the continental U.S.

'In today's global environment, success is dependent on an individual's ability to succeed in a multi-cultural context,' said Denise Eby Konan, dean of the College of Social Sciences. 'This initiative by the College of Social Sciences helps to prepare Hawaiʻi's youth for success as our future leaders. The Mānoa Academy reaches out to high school students, particularly Native Hawaiians, rural communities and other under-served groups statewide, and enables them to experience our dynamic learning environment, while learning more about themselves and connecting with others.

'The articulation agreements ensure that these same students are in classrooms integrated with peers from across the United States and the world. This provides students with access to a more global perspective-both nationally and internationally. This culturally diverse experience will help to transform students into bold, engaged global citizens, who operate and flourish in a multi-cultural environment.'

The Mānoa Academy for Social Sciences enables junior or seniors from participating high schools, who plan to attend UH Mānoa, to earn credit for courses at the university while simultaneously satisfying high school graduation requirements.

The pilot phase of Mānoa Academy launched this summer in partnership with Kamehameha Schools Kapālama (KS Kapālama). A dozen KS Kapālama students participated in the six-week, dual credit program and earned college credits for two courses - English 100 and Political Science 110.

'The first year of college is a big jump from high school, so we looked for ways to ease the way in for Hawai'i students, have early access to credits, and most importantly give these students the experience and exposure to the Mānoa campus,' added Konan.

‛Umi Perkins, a KS Kapālama and Mānoa Academy faculty member, added, 'The Mānoa Academy provides tremendous benefits to the students of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. A large percentage of our students attend UH Mānoa following graduation. Having this opportunity available has been extremely helpful in preparing these students for their freshman year. While a lot of these students already take advanced classes that compare to some university level courses, I can already see the improvement from the students who participated in Mānoa Academy. They are head and shoulders above a typical high school student.'

The college is also establishing agreements with other educational institutions to bring students in through new pathways. Resulting in a more dynamic learning environment where students experience diverse cultures, perspectives, and backgrounds, the college has streamlined the transfer process for national and international students via agreements involving Kapi'olani Community College; West Valley College in California (which is the first of its kind between a California community college and an out-of-state institution); Khon Kaen University in Thailand; Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi Province, China; Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan; and the University of Electronic Science and Technology in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.


  1. Hawaiʻi Hall (2 clips)
  2. McCarthy Mall (2 clips)


  1. Mānoa Academy various photos (4)
  2. Map of national/international agreements (1)


1. Denise Eby Konan, Dean, College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa (:17)

'We are working with institutions across the globe to really have authentic educational experiences for Hawaiʻi students. This will help them become bold, engaged, global citizens able to really make a difference in the world.'

2. Denise Eby Konan, Dean, College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa (:14)

'One aspect of this initiative is the college's Mānoa Academy, which is a statewide program for reaching out to high-school students and focusing on Native Hawaiians and underserved communities throughout Hawaiʻi.'

3. Denise Eby Konan, Dean, College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa (:15)

'In today's global environment success is dependent on an individual's ability to succeed in multicultural context. This initiative by the College of Social Sciences helps to prepare Hawaiʻi's youth for success as our future leaders.'

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa provides students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context. Its student-centered environment is dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it prepares students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai'i and Asia.