The Pūkoʻa Council is dedicated to increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students, faculty, staff and administrators in the university system to 23%, which mirrors the percentage of Hawaiians in Hawaiʻi’s general population. We, the Kānaka Maoli within the University of Hawaiʻi system, are the Native people of this land, unique by virtue of our ancestral ties to the ʻāina, our history, language, culture, knowledge and spirituality.
The council envisions a University of Hawaiʻi that is committed to the empowerment, advancement and self-determination of Kānaka Maoli, through distinctly Hawaiian instruction, research and service. Therefore, Pūkoʻa promotes the superior development of all aspects of Kānaka Maoli identity, including a pono spiritual, intellectual, cultural, economic and social well-being.
The Pūkoʻa Council
The Pūkoʻa Council is comprised of representatives from each of the campus councils in the university system.