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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. All university tuition, class fees (only those pertaining to the student’s major), student medical benefit, 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 Terms & 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.

You can apply for the Hukilau program using online forms.

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.

We expect applicants to also create an account on and apply for scholarship opportunities at the BYU–Hawaii Scholarship Universe platform.


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How Does the Hukilau Program Work?

Who is eligible to be considered for the Hukilau Scholarship?

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

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.

How do I apply for the program?

Candidates must submit a separate application for the Hukilau Scholarship Program.

Students must do the following:

What are the requirements of the program?

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 and via a student contribution,
  • Abide by the campus Honor Code and housing rules.
Applicants should read the detailed terms and conditions of the Hukilau program.


Frequently asked questions about the Hukilau program.
Do not hesitate to contact Financial Aid & Scholarship if you have any additional questions via email or phone.

Checklist Process

Current students on Hukilau are required to complete a checklist process.