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

Enjoy a webinar series celebrating the stories of our islands and our campuses. He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea is a yearlong series featuring music, dance, and storytelling from the ten UH campuses.

He Ukana Aloha announcement from the Office of the President.

Webinar link: 
Password: ukana

Archived Videos


All webinars are 12pm to 1pm

  • September 16 and 30 (UH Maui College)
  • October 14 and 28 (Hawaiʻi Community College)
  • November 4 and 25 (UH Mānoa)
  • December 9 and 23 (UH West Oʻahu)
  • January 13 and 27 (Kauaʻi Community College)
  • February 10 and 24 (UH Hilo)
  • March 10 and 24 (Honolulu Community College)
  • April 14 and 28 (Windward Community College)
  • May 12 and 26 (Kapiʻolani Community College)
  • June 9 and 23 (Leeward Community College)
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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: October 30, 2020