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Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao, comprised of representatives of each campus, is a presidential appointed work committee tasked with developing, implementing and assessing strategic actions to make the University of Hawaiʻi a leader in indigenous education. The phrase simply means Hawaiʻi Foundations of Enlightenment/Knowledge. The deeper application of this name is cosmogonic, for in the name is Papahānaumoku (Papa) and Wākea (reflected in his Ao form), original parents of Hawaiʻi Consciousness.

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He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea

King Kamehameha the fifth


Please join us for another yearlong He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea webinar series that acknowledges and celebrates the leadership accomplishments of regional aliʻi through historical accounts, stories, and song from the ten UH campuses.

The He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea series is presented by the Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Committee at the University of Hawaiʻi

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All webinars for AY 2021-2022 are 12pm to 1pm HST

  • September 29 (UH Mānoa)
  • October 13 (Windward CC)
  • November 10 (Kapiʻolani CC)
  • December 8 (UH Maui College)
  • January 12 (Kauaʻi CC)
  • February 9 (UH Hilo)
  • March 9 (Honolulu CC)
  • April 13 (Leeward CC)
  • May 11 (UH West Oʻahu)
  • June 8 (Hawaiʻi CC)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao

Since January 2012, the Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Report set goals and objectives to address the higher education needs of our indigenous people—Native Hawaiians—by creating a model indigenous serving institution.

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Native Hawaiian Councils

The purpose of the Pūkoʻa Council of the University of Hawaiʻi is to provide a formal, independent voice and organization through which the Native Hawaiian faculty, administrators and students of the UH system can participate in the development and interpretation of system-wide policy and practice as it relates to Native Hawaiian programs, activities, initiatives and issues.


Title III

The UH programs and projects supported by Title III funding range from tutoring and peer mentoring services to bridge/transition programs, to creation of affirming and culturally rich spaces on campuses.

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Ao programs Campuses

The University of Hawaiʻi aspires to be the world’s foremost indigenous serving university and embraces its unique responsibilities to the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi and to Hawaiʻi’s indigenous language and culture.

Last modified: April 22, 2022
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