Student support programs create growth opportunities beyond the classroom. As an important complement to Hospitality & Tourism Management academics, the Center for Hospitality & Tourism offers several support programs to help students explore career opportunities, expand professional networks, and be recognized for high academic achievement. Stop by the Center for Hospitality & Tourism for more details about these important programs:


Ho’okipa is the Hawaiian word for hospitality, and the hala kahiki (pineapple) is its universal symbol. The Ho’okipa Society is the official BYU-Hawaii student organization for Hospitality & Tourism Management students. This student-run club is focused on professional development, career networking, community service, and social activities. Join the Facebook for current news and events:

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‘Oi kelakela is the Hawaiian word for excellence, and the kalo (taro) leaf represents birth, life and regeneration as scholars make the transition to professionals. The ‘Oi Kelakela Marriott Scholars program recognizes high-achieving Hospitality & Tourism Management students who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and are active in the Ho’okipa Society. ‘Oi Kelakela members are eligible for academic scholarships, exclusive mentoring by industry leaders, career travel, and other special benefits.


Akamai is the Hawaiian word for wisdom, and the honu (turtle) represents persistence and good fortune for aspiring tourism professionals. The Akamai Hospitality Networking program is all about connecting Hospitality & Tourism Management students with prominent industry leaders to accelerate career launch. Activities include a monthly lecture series, attending industry events, and networking opportunities.

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‘Imiloa is the Hawaiian word for exploration, and the wa‘a (canoe) symbolizes inspiration and adventure in a career search. The ‘Imiloa Career Exploration program offers Hospitality & Tourism Management students a range of opportunities for first-hand career observation and engagement, including career counseling, meaningful local/global internships, site visits and field trips, and faculty-led student group travel to global career destinations.


Here are the upcoming 2017-18 ‘Imiloa Career Exploration trips! Be sure to stop by the Center office in HGB 218 for details and applications:


Maui: December 15-18, 12 slots (application deadline Oct. 27)

San Francisco: Week of April 23, 2018, 6 slots (application deadline Feb. 2)

Hong Kong: Week of April 23, 2018, 6 slots (application deadline Feb. 2)

Big Island: Week of April 23, 2018, 12 slots (application deadline Feb. 2)

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Made possible by the generous support of:
Marriott Foundation