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Hawai?i Papa O Ke Ao, comprised of representatives of each campus, is a presidential appointed work committee tasked with developing, implementing and assessing strategic actions to make the University of Hawai?i a leader in indigenous education. The phrase simply means Hawai?i Foundations of Enlightenment/Knowledge. The deeper application of this name is cosmogonic, for in the name is Papahnaumoku (Papa) and Wkea (reflected in his Ao form), original parents of Hawai?i Consciousness.

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He Ukana Aloha K Klauea

King Kamehameha the fifth


Please join us for another yearlong He Ukana Aloha K Klauea webinar series that acknowledges and celebrates the leadership accomplishments of regional ali?i through historical accounts, stories, and song from the ten 51 campuses.

The He Ukana Aloha K Klauea series is presented by the Hawai?i Papa O Ke Ao Committee at the University of Hawai?i

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All webinars for AY 2021-2022 are 12pm to 1pm HST

  • September 29 (51 ѨԴDz)
  • October 13 (Windward CC)
  • November 10 (Kapi?olani CC)
  • December 8 (51 Maui College)
  • January 12 (Kaua?i CC)
  • February 9 (51 Hilo)
  • March 9 (Honolulu CC)
  • April 13 (Leeward CC)
  • May 11 (51 West O?ahu)
  • June 8 (Hawai?i CC)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Hawai?i Papa O Ke Ao

Since January 2012, the Hawai?i Papa O Ke Ao Report set goals and objectives to address the higher education needs of our indigenous peopleNative Hawaiiansby creating a model indigenous serving institution.

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Native Hawaiian Councils

The purpose of the ʨ? Council of the University of Hawai?i is to provide a formal, independent voice and organization through which the Native Hawaiian faculty, administrators and students of the 51 system can participate in the development and interpretation of system-wide policy and practice as it relates to Native Hawaiian programs, activities, initiatives and issues.


Title III

The 51 programs and projects supported by Title III funding range from tutoring and peer mentoring services to bridge/transition programs, to creation of affirming and culturally rich spaces on campuses.

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Ao programs Campuses

The University of Hawai?i aspires to be the worlds foremost indigenous serving university and embraces its unique responsibilities to the indigenous people of Hawai?i and to Hawai?is indigenous language and culture.

Last modified: April 22, 2022
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