Help Make Waikiki A World Surfing Reserve, Score A $7,000 College Grant - Submit by March 29, 2024

To continue the spirit and good work of long-time coastal sustainability extension agent Peter Joseph Rappa, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) created the Peter J. Rappa Fellowship (Rappa Fellowship) in memory of Mr. Rappa. Rappa Fellow(s) will be selected and involved in training and research to better understand aspects of coastal sustainability and resilience conducted within several of the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Centers of Excellence. Annually Rappa Fellows engage in projects that look into the natural, social, and built environments in Hawaiʻi and work on projects to better manage issues that affect coastal community livability, sustainability and resilience. The Rappa Fellows will further their knowledge and understanding of sustainable coastal communities through research, extension, and community-based education in topics of coastal smart growth and community planning and their integration with hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation, as well as cultural and traditional knowledge of Hawai‘i.


All full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college are eligible to apply for the Rappa Fellowship. In order to be eligible, applicants must be students at the application deadline in March. Students who graduate before the start of the Rappa Fellowship in June are eligible to apply.


The 2024 Rappa Fellowship will take place at the following location.

  • Hawai‘i Sea Grant office, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Length of Fellowship

  • 8-weeks full time (40 hour/week) summer fellowship
  • The fellowship will begin on Monday June 17, 2024 and end on Friday, August 9, 2024


  • $7,000

Application Submission:

Please submit via eSeaGrant by March 29, 2024 at 5:00 PM HST