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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

 
 
 

See more In Memoriam stories.