Jon Osorio

When the new school year began for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, so did its leadership under a new dean, Jonathan Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio. “The school is heading to be a much more dynamic contributor to the overall life of this campus—academically, culturally, socially,” he said.

Learn why Osorio applied for the leadership position, where the school is headed, one of his highest priorities, and how modern-day challenges demonstrate “just how brilliant our ancestors were.”

Hawaiʻinuiākea is Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai Cultural Garden and Native Hawaiian Student Services. Established in 2007 and located on Dole Street, Hawaiʻinuiākea is the newest college on the Mānoa campus and the only indigenous college in a Research I ranked institution.