Articulation of the University’s Commitment to Native Hawaiians

As the only provider of public higher education in Hawai‘i, the University embraces its unique responsibilities to the indigenous people of Hawai‘i and to Hawai‘i’s indigenous language and culture.  To fulfill this responsibility, the University ensures active support for the participation of Native Hawaiians at the University and supports vigorous programs of study and support for the Hawaiian language, history and culture. 

The University of Hawai‘i is committed to diversity within and among all racial and ethnic groups served by public higher education in Hawai‘i.  The President, working with the Chancellors, ensures the unique commitment to Native Hawaiians is fulfilled by: 

  1. (i)providing positive system-wide executive support in the development, implementation, and improvement of programs and services for Native Hawaiians;

  2. (ii)encouraging the increased representation of Native Hawaiians at the University of Hawai‘i;

  3. (iii)supporting full participation of Native Hawaiians in all initiatives and programs of the University;

  4. (iv)actively soliciting consultation from the Native Hawaiian community and specifically Pūko‘a, the system-wide council of Native Hawaiian faculty, staff and students that serves as advisory to the President;

  5. (v)providing for and promoting the use of the Hawaiian language within the University of Hawai‘i system;

  6. (vi)providing a level of support for the study of Hawaiian language, culture and history within the University of Hawai‘i system that honors, perpetuates and strengthens those disciplines into the future;

  7. (vii)encouraging Native Hawaiians to practice their language, culture and other aspects of their traditional customary rights throughout all University of Hawai‘i campuses and providing Hawaiian environments and facilities for such activities; and

  8. (viii)addressing the education needs of Native Hawaiians, the State of Hawai‘i, and the world at large, in the areas of Hawaiian language, culture and history through outreach. 

Left:  Ho‘oulu Program at Keauhou, Pūko‘a No Nā ‘Ewa Council, Leeward Community College

Top Right:  Kuholo Center for Ocean Exploration, Kupu Ka Wai Council, Honolulu Community College

Bottom Left:  Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kānewai, Kūali‘i Council, UH Mānoa

Bottom Right:  Nā Wa‘a, Kahikoluamea Council, Kapi‘olani Community College