Lui Hokoana in lei with Douglas Dykstra

Hokoana with Windward Chancellor Doug Dykstra

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana was named State of Hawaiʻi Manager of the Year during a ceremony Friday at the State Capitol Auditorium.

The award honors the state executive branch manager who exemplifies the highest caliber of public service and dedication to serving the people of Hawaiʻi.

As vice chancellor for student affairs at Windward Community College, Lui focused on student recruitment and community outreach, accessed grants for faculty and staff development, created a mentoring program and promoted academic support strategies to improve student achievement.

Hokoana joined the UH System Office of Student Affairs in May. He continues to strengthen educational opportunities for UH students and the community and develop and coordinate systemwide student affairs policies and procedures.

Hokoana is described as a charming man who exudes goodwill, a sincere interest in the well-being of students and commitment to support faculty and staff. “Lui is an experienced and seasoned leader who is attuned to community needs, especially as they relate to Hawaiian affairs,” noted Rockne Freitas, UH vice president for student affairs and university and community relations.

Hokoana began his UH career as a counselor at UH Maui College in 1991. He served as director of the Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program, which he developed and implemented to provide scholarships to students throughout the United States, and he is a founder and past president of the Native Hawaiian Education Association. In 1999 he received the Ke Kukui Mālamalama Excellence in Hawaiian Education award from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Hokoana holds a BA in political science from UH Hilo, MA in communications from UH Mānoa and an EdD in education from the University of Southern California.

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  1. Congratulations Lui, it’s great to see educators being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions. FIGHT ON!

  2. We have never formally met but I want to congratulate you on all that you have done, all that you do and wish you a very wonderful future! I remember John Hokoana, the kumu hula, from Kuau. Aloha nui, Kimo

  3. Maika’i loa Lui! “The cream always rises to the top.” It is truly wonderful that you have been recognized for your commitment and leadership to our students and various local communities. Student Affairs is fortunate to have such a dedicated, personable, sincere and humble leader amongst us who also exemplifies the genuine Aloha Spirit!

  4. We are so proud of you – see what happens when you intern in the right place!! You surely deserve the award – Aloha mai

  5. Lui, my son. I am so very proud of you!!! I know when I first met you that you would be somebody one day! And just look at you today!!! Maika’i Loa!!! Just sending congratulations all the way from Wai’ohinu!!! Love you and keep up the awesome job that you are doing! Can’t wait til we can all get together and celebrate your accomplishment! Keep in touch!!!! Lori Lei (Ma) :)

  6. Windward Community College is much richer for Lui’s dedication to our students. We are so truly grateful for his time with us and know we will all benefit from his continuous service to the system! Aloha!

  7. E ke hoa hele kula ē, hoʻomaikaʻi iā ʻoe! I have watched your growth from high school to community college to the university level. Very proud of you and the great work you do.
    Na kou hoa hele kula,
    Naʻu, na Lilinoe

  8. Aloha Lui!!!!! Wow!!! It was only in time that you would be recognized for your outstanding contributions and aloha to all the students you have touched and mentored throughout your career. Bringing more quality to their lives i am sure…like mine for being a friend. Now, do not cry. I honor the friendship and i am in forever debt (literally) to you for all you have done for me. I hope we can meet or have a reunion soon..i know i will never drive your car again but i know as long we remain friends i can walk. i remember you said you needed a change and to reach a pinnacle in your carrer…so what pau now? or forward you go. =) No, really Lui, i am so proud of you and i hope you continue your path of excellence or whatever your dreams are. I miss you and love you. Congratulations again my friend!!!!! p.s. i hope i made you smile and laugh.

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