Lunalilo Scholars Program

The King William Charles Lunalilo Scholars Program was launched at Kapi’olani Community College in the summer of 2012 through the generous support of the Kaneta Foundation and the University of Hawaii Foundation.

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Check out the Spring 2016 Lunalilo Newsletter

The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for transformative college experiences for students who have not considered higher education as a viable alternative because of financial or other barriers limiting college access. Through scholarship, academic and personal support and community, students will build a foundation for success in the first year of college as measured by student engagement, learning, and achievement.

The Lunalilo Scholars Program will identify the individual needs of each scholar and provide the necessary tools and resources to build a solid foundation in the first year of college. The Student Learning Outcomes are:

  • Students will feel a sense of place at Kapi’olani Community College and build a community of scholars that provide academic and personal support.
  • Students will engage with the College by identifying and actively participating in campus services and utilizing campus services.
  • Students will build a foundation in the first year that will contribute to academic, career, and personal success.
  • Students will be able to identify their career or degree pathway at KCC or successfully transfer to another campus or program.

The Lunalilo Scholars Program provides the following:

  • Tuition and fees for at least 9 credit hours per semester
  • Foundation classes including the mandatory Summer Bridge to help students successfully transition to college
  • Huaka’i (fieldtrips)
  • Books
  • Laptop Loans
  • Bus Pass
  • Academic and Personal Support
  • Peer Mentors
  • Computer Lab Access and Printing Services
  • Tutoring
  • Emergency Funds

Application is Now Open – Deadline extended to Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Every application must be accompanied by a referral. Examples of a Referrer are teachers, counselors, coaches, social workers, advocates, pastors or mentors.  Applications without a referral are considered incomplete and will NOT be reviewed. Referrals cannot be from parents.

If you are accepted into the Lunalilo Scholars Program, you are required to attend a program orientation in June (TBD) and the 10 day Summer Bridge Program (3 credits) from July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017 from 8:00-4:30pm daily (except for weekends). Failure to complete requirements will deem you ineligible and affect future awards.

This program is for those that may want to attend college but are very unlikely to attend without the kind of support offered through this program. You do not need to be accepted to Kapi‘olani Community College to apply.


  • Must enroll at Kapi‘olani Community College with a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED by the start of the program
  • Must be a state resident
  • Must reside on ‘Oahu by the start of the program and live on ‘Oahu for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
  • Very unlikely to enroll in college without this kind of support

Apply Online Now!

Submit Referral Here!

Online applications and referrals are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Applications WILL NOT be reviewed without a referral. Paper applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Applicants will be notified by June 26, 2017 if they have been accepted into the program.



For more information, contact the Director, LaVache Scanlan, (808) 734-9371 or

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