GEAR UP Hawai‘i’s (GUHI) mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. It is an integral part of Hawai‘i P-20.

GUHI serves over 20,000 low-income students in public schools throughout the state — those qualifying for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL) — and all students attending middle or high schools with 50% or more students qualifying for FRPL. The program focuses on students in grades seven to twelve and continues to support them in their first year of college at University of Hawai‘i campuses.

During this seven-year grant (2018–2025) GUHI has designed strategies to build college and career aspirations, increase academic readiness, and provide support to students in navigating along their educational journey to help eliminate achievement gaps among groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

6-16 Initiative

Providing students with developmentally appropriate support to help them successfully complete high school, then enroll and persist in college!


GEAR UP Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i P-20’s college access grant, is utilizing a coordinated, regional “6-16” approach to provide students with developmentally appropriate support to help them successfully complete high school, then enroll and persist in college.

Ten GU-eligible high schools are working with their 14 feeder middle schools and three higher education partners (UH campuses) to develop and implement a vertically-aligned, comprehensive 6-16 college and career program that will provide counseling and support for students to explore career interests, develop their Personalized Transition Plans (PTP), engage in work-based learning opportunities, transition successfully through the 6-16 pipeline, and eventually attain their career goals.

To help schools focus on their services, GUHI middle schools coordinate activities that address college and career aspirations (e.g., a college pledge event, a college visit), while high school partners provide services focused on supporting their juniors to prepare to apply to college. In addition, middle school, high school, and college partners coordinate summer programs that focus on academic enrichment, STEM or transition.

6-16 Regional Teams

Kaimuki-McKinley Partnership Team

  • Jarrett Middle School
  • Central Middle School
  • Kaimuki High School
  • Washington Middle School
  • McKinley High School
  • Kapi‘olani Community College

Farrington Partnership Team

  • Dole Middle School
  • Kalakaua Middle School
  • Farrington High School
  • Honolulu Community College

Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pahoa Partnership Team

  • Ka‘u High School & Pahala Elementary School
  • Kea‘au Middle School
  • Kea‘au High School
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate School
  • Hawai‘i Community College Hilo

Honoka‘a-Kohala-Kealakehe-Konawaena-Partnership Team

  • Pauuilo Elementary & Intermediate School
  • Honoka‘a High & Intermediate School
  • Kohala Middle School
  • Kohala High School
  • Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School
  • Kealakehe Intermediate
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Ke Kula ‘O ‘Ehunuikaimalino
  • Konawaena Middle School
  • Konawaena High School
  • Hawai‘i Community College Palamanui
  • Hawai‘i Community College Ko Education Center

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