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Holomua: Frequently Asked Questions


  1. When will I find out if I got into Holomua 2018? Within 10 business days from when the online registration form, high school transcript, ecclesiastical endorsement and proof of insurance have been received and processed. We will send a letter of acceptance to the email which was used in the application.
  2. Is early check-in to housing available? Yes for an additional one-time fee of approximately $42.00 (including tax)
  3. Is ground transportation available for students traveling to BYU-Hawaii from the neighbor islands and outside the state of 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: will@northshoreexpress.net; or reserve a spot on the shuttle online at northshoreepxress.net. Other options include Uber, Lyft, the Cab, or the Bus (Route 55 North Shore). 
  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. Two students will be assigned to each room and share a bathroom with two other students. Bedding and towels are provided. The fee provides for ACT prep sessions, ACT test, activities and program materials.
  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.
  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. Is there a late fee and what is the refund policy? A late application fee of $10 will be charged for applications received after May 26th. A full refund of the program fee will be accepted up to May 31st. After May 31st a $35 cancellation fee will be charged. Refunds will be processed 30 (thirty) days after Holomua
  8. It says on the application that there will be a late fee charged to my account after May 1st, 2017 but the website says $10 will be charged after May 26th, 2017 - which one is accurate? The website has the most accurate information. See the answer to FAQ #7.
  9. When I select the graduation year on the application, it only goes up to 2017. Should I select that even though the student will graduate in 2018? Yes, select 2017 for now. We will verify the student's graduation year through the transcript.
  10. 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.
  11. 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: https://www.lds.org/maps/meetinghouses/ 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.
  12. 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.