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The Hukilau program is a unique and generous work/study opportunity available only at BYU–Hawaii. The program's structure is designed to provide financial assistance to students to graduate within four years of study.

A detailed explanation of the program, inclusive of a student's contribution, can be found in the Hukilau Terms and Conditions.

The Hukilau program is designed to assist selected students to have a unique and empowering opportunity while obtaining a quality education at BYU–Hawaii. Candidates are typically those who have and can demonstrate financial need.

It is expected that applicants to the program also apply for federal financial aid (FAFSA) and additional external scholarships (where applicable). These may include academic scholarships, external scholarships (for example Native Hawaiian or tribal scholarships), and grants.


All applicants who have been admitted to BYU–Hawaii may apply. Typical applicants are U.S. domestic students with demonstrated financial need. Students are expected to submit a FAFSA as part of their Hukilau program application.

Prior to fall 2022, the Hukilau program was reserved for first-generation, residents of Hawaii, and from areas of geographic priority. Although this priority still remains, this is not a requirement.


All university tuition, class fees (only those pertaining to the student’s major), student medical benefits, and room and board in excess of the student’s semester contribution are covered. A detailed explanation of the program, inclusive of a student's contribution, can be found in the Hukilau Terms and Conditions.


Students admitted to the Hukilau program are expected to adhere to the terms and conditions of the program. They must especially:

  • Maintain a CGPA of 2.0.
  • Secure and maintain employment at BYU–Hawaii or the Polynesian Cultural Center by employment deadlines (fulfill required work hours as expected by the program).
  • Financially contribute to their education by applying for scholarships (internal or external) and via a student contribution.
  • Abide by the campus Honor Code and housing rules.

Hukilau Application Materials

Hukilau Updates

  • The funds that were issued as a forgivable loan will now be issued as a grant.
  • Instead of being required to work for a minimum of three years at PCC, Hukilau students will receive their first job assignment at PCC but may work elsewhere on campus or at PCC after their initial job.
  • Institutional scholarships will be awarded to the Hukilau program student's account without additional restrictions.
  • Effective January 1, 2023, all students in the Hukilau program must secure a job with BYU–Hawaii (BYUH) or the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) by the third Wednesday after classes begin. The PCC has the first opportunity to hire students in the Hukilau program. Those not selected by the PCC must find employment at BYUH. Any Hukilau students still not employed by BYUH or the PCC by the second Wednesday after classes begin are required to meet with an Hukilau, financial aid, or student employment counselor within 48 hours. Counselors will help students to find a job. Those who fail to meet with a counselor and secure a job by the third Wednesday after classes begin will no longer be eligible for Hukilau funding.