Maiki Tihada

Summer of Excellence Program Director

Learn, Imagine and Explore in MAUI PREP's

"Summer of Excellence" program

Mark your calendars and secure your spot today!

Click HERE to register your student for Maui Prep's Summer of Excellence program! 

The Summer of Excellence program is slated to be an unforgettable experience that encompasses academics, outdoor activities and exploration. It will include a bit of athletics, arts & crafts, as well as enrichment such as Hawaiiana. This is a great opportunity for your child to be engaged throughout the summer in a safe and fun environment. Drop off can be as early as 7:30 a.m. with temperature checks. Students will be in grade level pods (kindergarten/1st grade, 2nd/3rd grade, 4th/5th grade...etc.). The morning routine will involve English Language Arts and Math followed by recess. Students will then rotate with science exploration, robotics/STEM, arts & crafts as well as other summer learning activities like scavenger hunts and student performances. Students must bring their own lunch.

Attention High School students who need community service hours, this is your opportunity to get involved. There will be a meeting for volunteers scheduled for June 8th and 9th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Maui Prep’s Pueo Deck Learning Commons. Send your interest to participate now at - Attention to: Director Maiki Tihada.


Session 1
Week 1 : June 14 - June 18 
Week 2: June 21 - June 25
Deadline to register: June 1st
(Late Registration Fee of $50 will apply for those registering after June 1)
Session 2
Week 3: June 28 - July 2
Week 4: July 5 - July 9 
Deadline to register: June 15th
(Late Registration Fee of $50 will apply for those registering after June 15)
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Drop off as early as 7:30am for temperature checks
Late pick-up available until 4:00pm for an additional $10/hour 


Maui Preparatory Academy campus
4910 Honoapi'ilani Highway (in Napili)


$350 PER week ($700 PER session)
$100 deposit due at time of registration
Please pay IN FULL prior to session start date.
Refunds will not be given out after May 15, 2021.
We accept payment via:
  • Venmo (@Maui-Prep) 
  • Via credit card (Click on "Make A Payment" at the bottom of this page)
  • Cash or Check (made out to Maui Prep) dropped off or mailed to administrative office 

What's planned:


We will learn about different planets and make our own telescopes. We will get to know our fellow summer of excellence members through welcome activities, making slime, creating suncatchers and explosions! Summer participants will compete against each other in a game about planets. Friday is all about rockets! We will use Mentos and Coca-Cola to make an explosion. We will also create model rockets to take home as a souvenir.


Take a trip to the Wild West! During our Wild, Wild West week we will learn about ghost town legends. We will go panning for gold and play a wild game of tic tac toe. We will have barrel races using pool noodles and buckets! On Friday we will dress in our best Wild West outfits. Cowboys and cowgirls, get ready for the rodeo!


Let’s travel around the world. Summer students will get to visit Europe and make pasta towers. We will travel to Asia and Africa where we will make Chinese dragon puppets and DIY African drums! We will set sail to South America to make totem poles and rain sticks. On Friday we will travel down under to Australia where we will make boomerangs and hop like kangaroos to the finish line.


This week we compete in the summer Olympics! We will have our opening ceremonies. Students will make their own Olympic torches. We will have a day full of javelin throws and ring toss competitions. On Friday we will walk to SHOEMAKER FIELD where we will end the week with closing ceremony games!

About Maiki Tihada

Born and raised on Maui, Maiki Tihada is a 2011 graduate of Lahainaluna High School. A Luna basketball standout, Ms. Tihada was a pivotal part of the Lady Lunas' 2010 Division I state title (Maui’s
only Division I state title in basketball!) Her athletic accolades include two-time Hawaii Gatorade Player of the Year, 2011 Hawaii Hall of Honor recipient,and a 2011 Parade Magazine All-American.

Ms Tihada earned a full athletic scholarship to Gonzaga University as a member of the women’s basketball team, and finished her college basketball career at Kentucky's Morehead State University (BS '15, University Studies) She later attained her MBA from Northcentral University in San Diego.

Returning to Maui in 2015, Ms Tihada continued her family's incredible coaching legacy. Ms. Tihada now mentors young athletes throughout the island of Maui through her Heads UP Basketball program, using her beloved sport as a tool to teach life lessons.

Maiki teaches young athletes positive habits and growth mindset. She volunteers her time to various youth organizations, basketball teams and hosts basketball clinics, including an annual all girls basketball clinic in Victoria, Canada every October through the Keep Girls in Sports non-profit.