About the program
Through a generous donation from the Kaneta Foundation of Honolulu, Hawai‘i and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, the King William Charles Lunalilo Scholars Project (now referred to as the Lunalilo Scholars Program) was launched in May 2012. Many others have joined to ensure the success and longevity of the program, with external funding commitments through 2023. The program was named in honor of King William Charles Lunalilo, who was dedicated to serving the Hawaiian people, particularly those in need. We have supported over 600 scholars to date.
The Lunalilo Scholars Program is an opportunity for non-college bound students to transform their lives through education. The program was designed to uniquely serve and support students who demonstrate academic potential, but lack the family and financial support to attend college. Students of Native Hawaiian ancestry are given preference to also support the College in increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students that enroll and complete the first year of college. Community partners, including feeder high schools, with access to underprivileged, Native Hawaiian and non-college bound students refer applicants to the program through applications and referral forms.