Honua Scholars

Honua Scholars‘ mission is to highlight Native Hawaiian value-based STEM practices, inspiring individuals from any background to facilitate a relationship between their career, their culture, and their community. With many of their Kanaka Maoli membership currently living in diaspora pursuing STEM degrees, the array of programming they host, including mentoring sessions, seminars, essay competitions, and symposia, are crucial in maintaining connection to Hawai’i, empowering them to come home and be Hawai’i’s next STEM leaders while developing a robust network of future leaders who aim to empower others and to promote personal and professional development in STEM. These key programs help increase retention in the STEM pipeline, while also assisting students in understanding and integrating Hawai’i’s culture into their scientific endeavors and interests.