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Osorio Honored for Community Service

Posted on | August 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Jonathan Osorio, a professor in Mānoa’s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, was honored with the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service. Osorio has devoted his life to becoming an expert on Hawai‘i politics and history, music and identity, and indigenous civil rights and social justice.

“Professor Osorio is praised for his inspirational work and contributions as an insightful, caring and intellectual leader,” says Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw. “In every indigenous community, there are those who are called to the role of moving their communities through hardship to transformation, and he has responded to the call in such a gracious manner.”

His community service is imbued with the gracious spirit of ʻohana that values children, elders and kupuna and allies and friends. “His writing, teaching, speeches, advocacies on behalf of his own people and church, as well as his music of loss, love and hope have touched the minds and hearts of thousands of people across the region we call Oceania.”

Osorio will be recognized, along with other UH award recipients, at the annual Convocation ceremony on Sept. 14, 10 a.m. at Mānoa’s Kennedy Theatre. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. Visit the Convocation website for more information.

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