LIHUE — The 39th annual Hawaii College & Career Fair opened Monday at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club ballroom. Nearly 90 vendors, representing colleges, universities, service organizations, and other related services pertaining to higher education and post-high school, set up shop so students could explore possibilities after high school.
“I’m excited,” said Danni Lewis, a seventh-grade student at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. “This is the first time I’m attending an event like that. I’m looking to see which colleges I would like to go to.”
Her friend, Elizabeth Rivera-Michaud, was a bit more focused, seeking out options in military service.
“We need to get the students exposed to what’s available out there for them to choose from,” said Gail Thompson, a CKMS instructor with the Advancement Via Individual Determination program.
Moritsugu said he expected about 800 students to pass through the daylong event set up to accommodate a students-only session in the morning, and a session for parents and students in the evening.
“We just got through the morning count and there has been more than 600 students already passing through,” Moritsugu said. “We’ve more vendors than last year, and with the more central location, hopefully, we’ll have more parents taking in the event.”
Jose Magno of the University of Hawaii at Manoa was busy helping students with paperwork on athletic scholarships as a way to further their education at a fraction of the price.
“There are athletic scholarships available for students, especially those in Hawaii, who want to help with their education beyond high school,” Magno said.