808-934-2700 edvance@hawaii.edu


Classes for grades K-6

Session 1

June 10-28

$199/course ($185 Early bird)

Session 2

July 1-12

$170/course ($155 Early bird)

Summer Career Explorations 2019

Grades 9-12:

Session 1

June 17 – June 28


Session 2

June 26 – July 10


Session 1
Session 2

How To Register




Phone: (808) 934-2700
Fax: (808) 934-2701


Space is limited – early registration is advised. If a course is filled when we receive your registration, we will contact you; you may cancel your registration at no charge, select an alternate course or place your name on a wait list. There is no fee to be placed on a waiting list.


We don’t like to cancel programs, but each one must meet its minimum enrollment. Don’t be disappointed – register early and bring a friend! If a course is canceled, registrants
will be contacted immediately and a full refund credited.


Hawaii Community College
1175 Manono St.
Hilo, HI 96720


You are entitled to a full refund for complete withdrawal if made on or before June 1, 2019. Thereafter refunds will not be allowed and you forfeit your tuition.


Reduced tuition rates until May 10

Early Bird discount applies to K-6 courses only until May 10, 2019. Early Bird discount tuition price is $185 for Session 1 classes (3 weeks, June 10-28) and $155 for Session 2 classes (2 weeks, July 1-12). After May 10, tuition fees will be regular price ($199 for Session 1 and $170 for Session 2).


Hawaii Community College
1175 Manono St.
Hilo, HI 96720
8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Our online registration system has a new Family Login option where you can create or add your child(rens) profile(s) under a Family Account. This allows you to enroll multiple children in one transaction. Get started by going to https://ce.uhcc.hawaii.edu/index.jsp and select Family Login in the upper right corner. This is a new feature, so you will need to Create a New Family Account.  For step-by-step instructions, see pages 21 and 22 of the EDvance Summer Youth Programs 2019 catalog.


Parent, guardian or authorized person must sign K-6 students in & out each day. Written authorization must be provided if a student leaves early.


Q: What if my child(ren) gets hungry?

A: We have a snack break at 9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. children
may bring a snack from home or purchase a snack from
our SYA Snack Shop. There will also be a supervised break
for lunch. Children should bring lunch from home.

Q: How will my child(ren) get from one class to the next?

A: We have volunteers that will escort
the children between classes.

Q: When do I pay the materials fee?

A: Materials fees will be due to the instructor on the first day
of class. Please send cash or check payable to “Cash.”

Meet our instructors 2019

Whitney Aragaki is a high school science teacher here in Hilo. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science from University of Hawai’i at Hilo. She is a National Board certified teacher and a Google certified educator. She has two sons and enjoys practicing yoga in her spare time.

Alyssa Doctor is currently a third grade teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and her Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She loves journaling, writing snail mail and poetry, and collaging. One of her favorite things about being a teacher is exposing students to art in everyday life. In the future, Alyssa hopes to publish stories and collections of books of her own.

Kristen Doolittle was born and raised in Hilo and has been teaching in elementary grades for 8 years. She is currently a 3rd grade teacher and loves working with students to help them make new discoveries each day. One of her passions is embracing different cultures, and that’s why she loves living in Hawai‘i because there are so many people from all over the world. In her spare time, she loves to dance hula and participate in Okinawan festivities (because she is half Okinawan). Kristen also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Tarah Green has been teaching for 11 years. She’s taught grades K-5. She is currently the Technology Coordinator at her school. She enjoys using technology and art to foster understanding in science. Tarah says, “Watching students learn while having fun is the best job in the world!”

Casey Hanoa has taught elementary school for the last 17 years. She has taught grades K, 2 and 3. She is currently a District Resource teacher and misses working with children. She is looking forward to connecting with and inspiring the students of SYA. She loves creating new, crafty lessons for students to enjoy and shares in their excitement for learning. If she is not teaching in the classroom, you might find her at a rodeo, on their family ranch or at a basketball tournament. She looks forward to exploring with the students of Summer Youth Academy!

Jodi Kalawe has been teaching for eight years. She has taught grades K-2 and is currently teaching Kindergarten. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i in Education. Jodi absolutely enjoys integrating technology into her daily lessons and seeing her students get excited about learning! In her spare time she loves to travel, do cricut crafts, go to the drag races and do robotics.

Gayle Kamei is currently a STEM curriculum coordinator and has been a 6th grade math teacher and a robotics coach for many years. Digital photography and tech is her passion. She views the world with a sense of curiosity and innovation with hopes of inspiring the next generation with that same passion.

Colby Koreyasu, a Hilo boy who graduated from Waiakea High School in 2001, attended our Summer Career Explorations program that year partaking in the Auto Body course. Through his experience in the program he immediately knew that he wanted to become an Auto Body Technician. After graduating and working for five years at a fender repair shop, he opened and ran Colbys Customs LLC, an auto repair shop, for six years. When he was hired as a lecturer for HawCC in 2013, Colby closed shop to focus on teaching. Cars have always been a passion of his from an early age, from Mopeds to 4-wheel drive trucks and car audio, he enjoys doing performance modifications to all vehicles. He loves doing hands on projects around the house in his spare time like making jewelry and art with his wife and three daughters.

Cassie Lee currently teaches 4th grade and has a dual certification in elementary and special education. Her experiences include teaching language arts, social studies and special education. She has mentored college aged student athletes as well as Pacific Islander middle school students and has administered a university math curriculum study. She loves to inspire students to love learning! In her spare time she enjoys watching sports, drawing and painting, and singing karaoke.

Donna Madrid has taught Administration of Justice (AJ) courses, provides academic support to AJ majors, and acts as the Advisor to the student led AJ club at Hawaii Community College since 2013. She received the 2016 Outstanding Service Award for substantially advancing student community engagement. Under Donna’s advising, the AJ club received the “2017 Purple Ribbon Award” from the Family Violence Interagency Committee. Donna will be honored at the 2019 Going Home Hawaii Annual Fundraiser dinner in August for her community and on campus reintegration efforts of “justiceinvolved” citizens in East Hawaii. She is knowledgeable in criminal justice careers available on the Big Island aside from law enforcement. Donna believes “learning” should be fun! She is an advocate for community service and encourages students to volunteer while they’re in college to build their resumes as part of career planning.

Abel Maldonado is an elementary educator currently teaching first grade. He earned a bachelor and masters degree from the University of Hawai‘i in Education. He enjoys paper crafts and the arts. He also enjoys sharing his favorite authors and literature with his students. His passion for teaching comes from seeing his students grow and learn.

Jessica Matsumoto knew at a young age that she wanted to be an artist. You could say that she was born with a crayon in her hand! Jes has a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego and is a graphic artist with her own design company based on Maui. You might see her work showcased in magazines, on store shelves, at craft fairs, and on the internet. She also teaches art in elementary schools on Maui where she enjoys the beach, cooking, and relaxing with her family in her spare time.

Shyanne Matsumoto has taught fourth and third grade for the past four years and has previous experience working with children from preschool to fifth grade. Every month, she hosts “Kinder Buddies” in her class, which is a hands-on, project-based learning time for the Kindergarteners to enjoy with their third grade buddies. She has always loved science and teaching about prehistoric creatures is one of her favorite units. Her most played song is “This is Me” and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, baking, and shopping at Target! This is her second year with SYA and she is very excited to get started!

Crystal Motomura has been an elementary school teacher for the past 6 years here on the Big Island. She has taught both lower and upper elementary students and is currently teaching 2nd grade. She loves digging into interesting text with students and taking on challenging projects to help them foster a love for learning. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Modesto Revilla graduated from Hawaii Community College with a certificate in Machine Shop over 45 years ago. He worked as a machinist and welder for nearly 10 years before opening and running his own business in the same field for 17 years. Modesto has been lecturing for the Machine, Welding, and Industrial Mechanics Program at Hawaii CC since 2012.

Shanna Naho`opi`i has been an elementary school teacher for 16 years, teaching from grades K-8. Her education background stems from receiving her BA in Elementary Education, Hawaiian Language, and Hawaiian Studies. She also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Design. She is currently teaching the 2nd grade and enjoys implementing new innovative ideas to our haumāna. Her passion for our keiki is to thrive in learning about one’s background through the land, culture and language. “E KŪ I KA MANA”- Stand tall with new found knowledge.

Kenneth “Ken” Shimizu has been a professor for the Auto Mechanics Technology (AMT) program for nearly 29 years, and is a graduate of the AMT program. For 16 years he owned and operated a service and repair station in downtown Hilo. Ken has two daughters and describes himself as such, “I wun ol’ fut!! Not the sharpest knife in the drawer but still kicking.”

Kayla Shiroma was born and raised in Hilo. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was in the 5th grade and went on to earn her Master’s from UH Hilo’s Master of Arts in teaching Program. Now she teaches 5th grade. She is excited about the opportunity to explore hands-on science activities with young learners!

Renette “U`ilani” Soares has taught our Health & Human Services summer course for more than six years. She brings life to our program and does amazing things to ignite and inspire our young adults to acknowledge their capabilities and aspirations.

Deanna Spain has been an elementary school teacher on Oahu and on the Big Island for over 20 years. She taught kindergarten, 5th grade, and is currently teaching GT Language Arts to students in grades 3-5. She loves seeing children grow and spread their wings. Deanna usually spends weekends being cheerleader at her son’s wrestling events, or at her daughter’s gymnastic competitions. When not teaching or spending time with her family, Deanna loves to read, relax at home and catch up on her favorite TV shows.

Elyse Stevens was born and raised in Hilo. She received her B.A. in Performing Arts at UH Hilo and her MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She’s taught at Island Dance Academy, Ballet Hawai‘i, UH Manoa, Kapiolani Community College and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She’s excited to have recently moved back home in Hilo. In her spare time, Elyse enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, yoga and spending time with her family.

Whitney Sugimoto has been an elementary school teacher for 6 years. She has taught a wide range of grades from Preschool to 6th grade. She currently teaches 4th grade math and science. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with a major in Natural Science and a minor in Chemistry along with her teaching certification. Her passion is math and science but Whitney loves to cook, bake and especially eat delicious food. She believes the best thing about teaching is igniting the joy of learning and showing students that you never stop learning.

Darryl Vierra has been an instructor for the HawCC Carpentry program since 2011. Prior to that he owned his own business for over 35 years. Born and raised in Hilo he had the innate abilities for carpentry and started working in the industry at age 21. By his late twenties, he was working on high end homes from cabinets to tile work and stone showers. He was also a set builder and prop person for films including Indiana Jones, Wind Talkers, and Predators filmed throughout the islands as a member of the local film union.

Nolan Yamaki has taught grades 2-6 in Colorado and Hawai‘i. His bachelors and Masters degrees are from the University of Northern Colorado. His Masters Degree is in Reading, so I guess he’s a master reader (just kidding). He’s worked as a district resource teacher and currently teaches 2nd grade. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, sleeping, and exercising.

Nani Yanagi graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in human development. She is currently working toward her Master’s in Education degree from UH Hilo. She has been teaching for almost three years. She loves to do arts and crafts and enjoys being outdoors.

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