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, exemplary Native Hawaiian scholar
Navigator: Chad Kālepa Baybayan
Elizabeth “Liz” Tam, beloved faculty member, educator
UH football star Colt Brennan
UH athletics voice, alum Robert Kekaula
Former Mayor Billy Kenoi, UH alum, instructor
Horticulturist James Brewbaker, the “King of Corn”
ʻŌlelo Protector Aunty Pat Namaka Bacon
Barbara Smith, ethnomusicology program founder
Former UH regent, professor, alumnus Michael T. McEnerney
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