'Imi'ike Competition

Where do you want to see STEM work in your community?


Honua Scholars empowers local students to pursue STEM careers and advanced degrees to be Hawaiʻi’s STEM leaders. Formed in 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic and the perceived dissonance between culture and science, Honua Scholars supports STEM development alongside culture through an ecological social framework. Honua Scholars encourages civic engagement in the STEM community and advocates for having locals take charge in Hawaiʻi’s technology sector.


The ‘Imi’ike Proposal Competition by Honua Scholars encourages students to generate new ideas that could positively impact the Hawaiian community through STEM. Students in middle school and high school located in Hawaii are eligible to submit a proposal to this competition, regardless of nationality or origin. Selected finalists will be invited to give a short oral presentation at Honua Scholar’s Laulima Symposium (planned for 2022, pending COVID). The top three winners in each age group (9th-12th grade and 6th-8th grade) will also win cash awards!


More information about the competition and a submission portal will be made available soon!