UH West Oʻahu faculty and staff were treated to a day of cultural exploration and education at the third annual Pili ʻĀina, a professional development experience grounded in land, culture, and community.
Attendees were educated on the cultural and geographic significance of the land and community surrounding the Kapolei campus, including visits to West Loch Community Shoreline Park, Puʻu o Kapolei, Camp Palehua, and Mauna Kapu – where they experienced panoramic views stretching from Kahuku to Waiʻanae.
UH West Oʻahu is located on the Honouliuli ahupuaʻa (land division), the largest on the island of Oʻahu. It is situated in the moku (district) of ʻEwa, which extends from Honouliuli to Hālawa. Part of the intent of Pili ʻĀina is to visit culturally and historically important places in the area, and integrate the experiences into work to better serve UH West Oʻahu students.
Pili ʻĀina is sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu PIKO Project, the UHWO Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and UHWO Academic Affairs.