Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao
Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi a leader in indigenous education. The phrase simply means Hawaiʻi Foundations of Enlightenment/Knowledge. The deeper application of this name is cosmogonic, for in the name is Papahānaumoku (Papa) and Wākea (reflected in his Ao form), original parents of Hawaiʻi Consciousness.
The Pūko‘a Council is dedicated to increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the university system to 23%, which mirrors the percentage of Hawaiians in Hawai‘i’s general population. We, the Kānaka Maoli within the University of Hawai‘i system, are the Native people of this land, unique by virtue of our ancestral ties to the ‘āina, our history, language, culture, knowledge and spirituality. The Pūko‘a Council envisions a University of Hawai‘i that is committed to the empowerment, advancement and self-determination of Kānaka Maoli, through distinctly Hawaiian instruction, research, and service. Therefore, Pūko‘a promotes the superior development of all aspects of Kānaka Maoli identity, including a pono spiritual, intellectual, cultural, economic, and social well-being.
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