From left, Kaiwipunihei Lipe, David Lassner, Maenette Benham and Aaron Sala. (Photo by Brian Miyamoto)

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu students, faculty, staff and administrators held a traditional ʻawa ceremony on January 3 for Maenette Benham to welcome her in her new role as chancellor. The event, Paʻa Ke Kahua, recognizes UH West Oʻahu’s perpetuation of Hawaiian language, history and culture.

UH President David Lassner, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Jeffrey Moniz, UH West Oʻahu Director of Indigenous Studies Manulani Meyer and Associated Students of the UH West Oʻahu Vice President Haylie Culp each presented a gift to Chancellor Benham and welcomed her to the campus.

UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Maenette Benham participates in the welcome and ʻawa ceremony. (Photo by Brian Miyamoto)
Welcoming and ʻawa ceremony for Chancellor Maenette Benham. (Photo by Brian Miyamoto)

View more photos from the event at UH West Oʻahu’s Flickr site.

—By Leila Wai Shimokawa