How to Apply


STEP 1:  Schedule an orientation with the Admissions Office:

Requirements:  Applicants must be between the ages of 16 through 18 on the first day of the cycle.  (Cycles:  January – June & July – December)

On-Campus Orientation Schedule:

*NEW SCHEDULE:  Due to Covid-19 ALL Orientations will be held Online through Microsoft Teams*

  • Every  Wednesday Morning of the Month. Time: 9AM – 11AM:

YCA Kalaeloa map

STEP 2:  Attend your scheduled orientation

The following documents should be brought to your Orientation (for student applying)

  • Government Issued ID (State ID, Driver’s License, Military ID, or Passport)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • I-94 Card or equivalent for Non-US Citizens
  • Medical & Dental Insurance Card(s)
  • Juvenile Record (for 16-17 yrs old from Family Court) OR E-Crime Record (for 18 yrs. old)

*Each applicant that has completed Orientation will be eligible to proceed to Phase 1 of the admissions process on the premise that they have the intent and commitment to successfully complete the whole program.*

PHASE 1:  Scholarship Interview (Date will be given to you at Orientation)

  • Orientation Documents Due

PHASE 2:  Endurance Day #1

  • (Sports Physical needed to participate)
  • Sports Physical Examination (Hawaii DOE form) within 1 year of enrollment

PHASE 3:  Endurance Day #2

  • (ALL Medical Documents Due)
    • Medical Card
    • TB Test, within 1 year of enrollment
    • Immunization Shot Record, within 1 year of enrollment
    • Dental Clearance, within 1 year of enrollment


  • Mentor Application (To be filled out by mentor, with 2 References)

*All potential candidates will be notified of acceptance and invited to the Scholarship Award Ceremony*


Link to Academy overview video:

Big Island Campus

Hilo: 1046 Leilani St., Bldg 621,

Hilo,  Hawaii  96720

Tues/Thurs   5:30 p.m.
Step 2Complete an Application Packet


Completed applications can be sent to:

Hilo = [email protected] 

Or delivered in person

Step 3Attend a Formal Interview

– Males: Dress Shirt & Covered Shoes

– Females: Modest wear, no tank or sleeveless tops, no shorts or mini-skirts and no slippers

All Mandatory Documents Need to be Submitted:

Identification Card

  • State I.D., Driver’s License, military I.D., Passport, Etc.

Birth Certificate

  • If not U.S. Born then legalization paperwork is required

H.S. Transcript

  • If you have not enrolled in a Hawaii State school and you are under 18 years of age, you must enroll and dis-enroll with your local school prior to attending YCA.

Criminal Background Check

  • 16-17 years-old applicants need a Juvenile Criminal Abstract, which is free of charge and can be retrieved from the Kapolei Judiciary Complex Courthouse, 2nd Floor Juvenile Special Service Counter from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  (808) 954-8000
  • 18-year-old applicants need an e-Crim report which will cost $18 and can be retrieved via this website:

Medical Physical

  • A sports physical which clears the applicant to perform physical activity within the last year is acceptable, but the your physician will need to fill out the appropriate DOE form: DOE Physical Form

SSN Card

*** Do Not Send Original Documents ***       ***We Only Need Legible Copies***

Step 4 –  Mentor Selection
Each applicant is required to find a person, capable of being supportive and offering a positive influence on them while attending the academy and in the future. The mentor must be selected by the Applicant and Parents/Guardians.  A Mentor Packet must be completed by the prospective mentor and submitted to the Academy mentor coordinator.

Step 6 – Selection Board
Once all Mandatory Documents are submitted, a Selection Board will review and make acceptance recommendations.  Selected applicants will be sent an Invitation to Attend the Academy letter.

Applicants, together with Parents/Guardians, should make a family decision regarding attendance.

When a decision is reached, the Applicant, together with the Parent/Guardian, must inform the Academy of their decision. If you have any questions, please contact the following:

Hilo = [email protected]     

If you are accepted, you will need to purchase or provide items listed on the packing list below:

MANDATORY-PACKING-LIST (Revised packing list will be posted shortly)