"Ola Ke Kaiāulu: A Thriving Community"
This year, during fall convocation, a new campus tradition was established with the first awarding of the Chancellor's perpetual trophy named "Kaiāulu." The name of the award is from the phrase "ola ke kaiāulu i ka hana kānaka" which means "a community thrives through the efforts of its people."
A symbolic work of art, Kaiāulu includes the five pillars which represent the Chancellor’s guiding principles: Poʻokela (educational excellence); Kaiāulu (our campus community); Hana Lawelawe (service to the larger community); Mālama Honua (care of land, sea, and sky); and, Waiwai (philanthropy, scholarships, and partnerships). Each of these principles are etched at the top and at the bottom of each pillar and around the platforms.
Each pillar, as well as the base, bears the symbolic pattern of the wing markings of the pueo, the native Hawaiian owl that is the mascot of UH West Oahu. In front of the 'umeke is UH West Oahu's seal, etched on a wooden koa medallion. The entire base and pillars - including the maile lei is made of koa; the ʻumeke (bowl) at the top is made of kamani wood. Both woods are native to Hawaiʻi and highly prized by woodworking artists.
The Kaiāulu Award will be presented annually during each fall convocation to the division who earns the most points by encouraging employee participation in identified programming and awareness events designed to support the foundation for building a safer, healthier and more positive culture and community on our campus. In addition to "bragging" rights and possession of Kaiāulu for the entire year, the divisional winners will receive $500 to be used towards an event aimed at strengthening and building a stronger community within the division.
The first awarding of Kaiāulu was presented to the Student Affairs Division, who earned a total of 1,930 participation points. These points were earned by attendance and participation of Student Affairs employees at various Compliance Hui programming and awareness events, trainings and workshops, and by donating shoes and heels for our campus "Healing Soles: Step Up Against Sexual Violence" event.