- Mix of in-person workshops, discussions, small group activities, community volunteering, and a diverse set of guest speakers sharing their unique perspectives
- Structured as a cohort of 30-40 persons to promote bonding within group of professionals
- Moderately intensive 6-week program with 6 events to quickly and thoroughly enculturate participants to their new home
Our enculturation program is centered around learn, contribute, and connect.
Participants learn about local culture, Hawaiian history and communication/leadership styles in Hawaii.
Sample events: ‘Iolani Palace, Leadership Island Style, featured speakers sharing their mana’o
CONTRIBUTE (Community Service)
Participants build a sense of kuleana for the people and land through community service.
Sample events: restoring Huilua Fishpond, weeding lo’i kalo, volunteering with IHS
Participants connect with their cohort, successful HITOP alumni and local community organizations.
Sample events: Pau hana, smaller pods to share common challenges and cultural norms