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HTM Student Programs

Extracurricular Programs Create Growth Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

As an important complement to hospitality and 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 in HGB 218 for more details about these important programs:

The Hoʻokipa Society

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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 and tourism management students. This student-run club is focused on professional development, career networking, community service, and social activities.

Akamai Hospitality Networking Program

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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 and tourism management students with prominent industry leaders to accelerate career launch. Activities include a monthly lecture series, attending industry events, and networking opportunities.

‘Oi Kelakela Marriott Scholars Program

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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 and 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.

‘Imiloa Career Exploration Program

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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 and tourism management students a range of opportunities for first-hand career observation and engagement, including career counseling, meaningful management internships, site visits and field trips, and faculty-led student group travel to global career destinations.
Made possible by the generous support of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
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