Elite Prep Hawaii provides college preparatory and educational services to students in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. We help young minds prepare for the road ahead with comprehensive planning customized to each student that helps meet them where they are.

With Elite Prep Hawaii, students receive the academic guidance they need to help them succeed. Give your pupil the right start for high school, college, and beyond with all-inclusive packages designed to help them go from unguided applicant to well-rounded scholar.


A History of Success

Elite Prep Hawaii was founded by Seleena M. Harkness-Lee who attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Rutgers University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Minnesota State University at Mankato. She has gone on to teach English language, writing, speech communication, and test prep at Hawaii Tokai International College, Hawaii Pacific University, the University of Hawaii System, and Chaminade University.

In 2003, Seleena was named The Princeton Review's SAT Teacher of the Year, and has served as an instructor at some of the following institutions:

· 2013 – Present: Punahou School and Le Jardin Academy (Test Prep Instructor).

· 2008 – 2016: Hawaii Tokai International College (Associate Professor).

· 2016 – 2017: University of Hawaii, Manoa Outreach College (TOEFL prep Instructor).

For a more complete list of Seleena’s credentials, click here to download her Resume/CV now.



English is not my first language. She helped me refine my essays as well as fix grammatical errors. She gave me confidence and supported me when I was in tough situations trying to overcome tasks, tests, and applications for entering college. Her exceptional patience and toughness led me to trust her work ethic, and her accountability led me to be accepted by several colleges and universities. She was always there to give me suggestions of how to choose the criteria and to understand the importance of choosing the right environment to achieve my ultimate goal. Seleena has helped me not only choose the right school for what I've always dreamed about but also how to handle college life by way of her tremendous treasures of experience. I could not have come this far without her.
S. Nomura
Bachelor of Architecture Candidate  (Class of 2025)

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