Holomua: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will I find out if I got into Holomua 2018? Decisions are done in waves, so an email will be sent out at the end of the month on which the online application, high school transcript, ecclesiastical endorsement and proof of insurance have been submitted/received and processed. We will send a letter of acceptance to the email which was used in the application.
  2. Is early check-in housing available? Yes, we will allow those who wish to arrive on Sunday, July 8 to stay on campus for an additional one-time fee of $50.00. Please indicate that you will be arriving a day early on your application by selecting the "Early Arrival" Option. The total payment for those who choose this option should be $275 ($225 for the program; $50 for the early arrival - tax included).
  3. Is ground transportation available for students traveling from the airport to BYU-Hawaii? Those accepted to Holomua will need to find their own way to BYU-Hawaii. There is a shuttle service available through North Shore Express. The price is $55 each way ($110 in total to and from BYU-Hawaii Campus). Please call (808) 892-1614; email:; or reserve a spot on the shuttle online at
  4. What does the program fee cover? Accommodation in a residence hall on campus and all meals at The Club (cafeteria) or other locations on campus. The fee provides for ACT prep sessions, ACT test, activities and program materials. Two students will be assigned to each room and share a bathroom with two other students. Bedding and towels are NOT provided - you will be required to bring your own pillow, pillow case, sheets, and towels. 
  5. If I attend SOAR this year, should I take the ACT test with Holomua? ACT has a rule that a student can take the test only once within sixty (60) days. If you attend Holomua and take the ACT Residual test at BYU-Hawaii, you will not be able to take the test with SOAR at BYU Provo. The ACT test taken at Holomua can only be used for CES school applications. 
  6. What happens if a student gets sick and needs medical care during Holomua? Staff will contact parents for permission to take the student to a doctor as close to BYU-Hawaii as possible. For payment, Holomua will cover the cost and request reimbursement from a parent or guardian. We recommend that the student should bring a copy of his/her insurance card.
  7. Can we apply after the deadline and what is the refund policy? Applications will NOT be accepted after March 26th. A full refund of the program fee ($225) will be accepted up to March 31st. After March 31st a $35 cancellation fee will be charged, meaning you will be reimbursed for only $190. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 (thirty) days after Holomua.
  8. I'm having trouble with the essay portion. What is the word limit? The essay has a limit of 1000 characters. The application will prompt you in red at the bottom of the text box if you have exceeded the character count. The character count does include spaces.
  9. What if I am not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How can I get the endorsement signed by a Bishop? Follow this link: to find the nearest Meetinghouse in your area. By clicking on the icon, you'll be able to see the different Wards and the Bishops who preside over each ward. A contact number should be given with the Ward information. Schedule an interview with the Bishop and have him sign the endorsement.
  10. What if the student is home schooled? How could I get a transcript sent in as part of the application process? Holomua requires that a transcript be mailed in to verify GPA and graduation year. Normally students who are homeschooled are part of a program that tracks the student's progress. A document containing grades of each subject or the equivalent will be accepted.