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A number of the University of Hawaiʻi’s most respected educators and graduates passed in 2021, including icons from the Native Hawaiian, UH sports and research communities. Here are their In Memoriam stories, as each had a profound impact on the university, Hawaiʻi and the world.

Haunani-Kay Trask

Haunani-Kay Trask, exemplary Native Hawaiian scholar


Baybayan Navigator: Chad Kālepa Baybayan


elizabeth tam thumb Elizabeth “Liz” Tam, beloved faculty member, educator


Colt Brennan UH football star Colt Brennan


UH athletics voice, alum Robert Kekaula


Billy Kenoi Former Mayor Billy Kenoi, UH alum, instructor


Horticulturist James Brewbaker, the “King of Corn”


Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon ʻŌlelo Protector Aunty Pat Namaka Bacon


Barbara Smith Barbara Smith, ethnomusicology program founder


michael mcenerney headshot Former UH regent, professor, alumnus Michael T. McEnerney


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