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51׻?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 51׻?i a leader in indigenous education. The phrase simply means 51׻?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 51׻?i Consciousness.

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kapa with ti leaves
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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 UH campuses.

The He Ukana Aloha K Klauea series is presented by the 51׻?i Papa O Ke Ao Committee at the University of 51׻?i

Office of the President


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

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

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: ukana2

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51׻?i Papa O Ke Ao

Since January 2012, the 51׻?i Papa O Ke Ao Report set goals and objectives to address the higher education needs of our indigenous peopleNative 51׻iansby creating a model indigenous serving institution.

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Native 51׻ian Councils

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


Title III

The UH 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 51׻?i aspires to be the worlds foremost indigenous serving university and embraces its unique responsibilities to the indigenous people of 51׻?i and to 51׻?is indigenous language and culture.

Last modified: April 22, 2022
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