Summer Tech Jobs available at HTI in Kaka’ako and Waimanalo


Every summer since 1997, Hawai`i Technology Institute presents Summer Tech, a six-week work experience funded by ALU LIKE, Inc.’s Employment and Training Program.   This opportunity is extended to qualified Native Hawaiian youth and young adults, ages 14 to 24, who are hired at minimum wage.  Those who come to work on every day usually pocket around $1,500 in pay for their efforts.

Hired as Product Designers, youth are responsible for designing and developing educational game prototypes based on native and national education standards, such as, Na Honua Mauli Ola, Hawai`i Content and Performance Standards III and other national business education and literacy standards.  They also learn fundamentals of marketing and create promotional materials for themselves and their prototypes.

HTI President / CEO, Naomi Digitaki, shared, “Summer Tech is always a fantastic opportunity that will engage participants in the areas of critical and creative thinking, personal foundation development (intent, identity, belief systems, values clarification, etc.) and work readiness skills – all through the art of game-making.  HTI began offering summer work experiences for youth in 1997 when the school was still a project of ALU LIKE’s Native Hawaiian Vocational Education Program.

Project Coordinator, La Vonne Richardson, informs, “Besides prototype production, youth enjoy weekly excursions, gain the wisdom of guest experts in various fields, and learn more about who they are as Hawaiians in an exciting finale event centered this year around the double-hull voyaging canoe, Kanehunamoku.”

Last year, Summer Tech was held at Ulu Ke Kukui Transitional Housing site on O`ahu’s west side as well as at HTI in Honolulu.  This year, besides the HTI Kaka`ako campus, the crew is taking Summer Tech to the windward side of O`ahu, where it will be held in Waimanalo at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead Community Center.

In addition, service-learning community reinvestment opportunities are incorporated throughout the project so participants further develop their individual and collective value of civic responsibility and citizenship.

Summer Tech 2010 will begin on Monday, June 28 and will end on Sunday, August 8, 2010.   Regular work days will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  Again, all participants will be compensated for their contributions.   Imagine that!  LEARN and EARN!

ALU LIKE requires the following documents for everyone applying and a few others dependent upon applicants’ personal living situations: Birth Certificate (verifying Hawaiian ancestry), Picture ID, SS Card, and Verification of Income.  It’s better to have these ready to present prior to the interview appointment with them.

Those who don’t meet the requirements for funding through ALU LIKE may want to check with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  They fund a Summer Youth Employment Program for 14 to 23 year olds.  The income levels for this opportunity are much higher, and those who qualify and are selected will receive $8.00 an hour compensation for their work.  Go to the DLIR website and search for Summer Youth Employment Program to find the application.

This is a summer work experience you don’t want to miss! 

Call Hawai`i Technology Institute at 522.2700 x 26 to speak with La Vonne Richardson or ALU LIKE at 535.6700 and ask for Robert Velligas, Kainoa Young or Nanea Sai to enroll in the FUN!

Waimanalo openings are almost filled, but there are more spots open at HTI so call and reserve your spot TODAY!!

La Vonne Richardson

Coordinator of Special Projects and Student Services

808.522.2700.26 ~ 688.7767 ~

Hawai`i Technology Institute

629 Pohukaina Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

808.522.2700 ~ 808.522.2707 ~