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Native Hawaiian

As the community college with the largest number of Native Hawaiian students enrolled, Leeward is committed to providing a full array of services and support for our Native Hawaiian students and to share 'ike Hawai'i with all students so that Hawaiian culture will flourish in our homeland.


To realize the vision of Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, for the Hawaiian nation, “He aupuni palapala koʻu” (Mine is an educated nation.)


To fulfill the University of Hawaii’s unique commitment to Native Hawaiians as stated in its Mission Statement (Regentsʻ Policy, Chapter 4.1-c), faculty, staff, and students of Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa dedicate themselves to inspire excellence, promote growth, and advance opportunities for Native Hawaiians. 


Aloha kekahi i kekahi:  “Aloha for one another.”

As a pu‘uhonua within the College, members of the Hālau will actively demonstrate reciprocal support, encouragement, courtesy, and most importantly, Aloha.

Kuleana:  “Responsibility, right, privilege, obligation.”

As beneficiaries of the University’s commitment to ensure “…active support for the participation of Native Hawaiians at the University…” (Regentsʻ Policy, Chapter 4.1-c), members of the Hālau will fulfill our kuleana by putting our best efforts toward achieving personal excellence while advancing the needs of the Native Hawaiian community.

Mālama ‘Āina:  “Cherish the land.”

As stewards of Hawai‘i’s natural resources, and with the greatest respect for our eldest ancestor, the ‘āina, members of the Hālau will participate in and advocate for initiatives that increase the health of all earth, waters, heavens and animal & plant life forms.

Pono:  “Balanced, goodness, righteousness, harmony, justice.”

As a state of being that we strive to attain, members of the Hālau will commit ourselves to being pono by seeking justice, restoring harmony, and doing what is right, fair, and good.


Hālau ‘Ike O Pu‘uloa

Our academically rigorous and culturally relevant pu‘uhonua (place of refuge) houses the College's Native Hawaiian academic and student support services. Open to all students, the Hālau is a comfortable, nurturing environment for anyone interested in our host culture.

Hooulu  A variety of support services for Native Hawaiian students in Career and Technical Education Programs
Leeward CC , Waianae

a full-service satellite campus of Leeward Community College located on the beautiful Wai`anae coast. The campus offers more than 50 Leeward CC credit classes in the fall and spring semesters

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Ka 'Umeke Kä'eo Writing and Arts Achievement awards about Native Hawaiian Identity, language & literature, history, arts & crafts, politics, lands, water and nature. For information and submission guidelines, visit the website.
Pūpū A `O `Ewa

Pūpū A `O `Ewa showcases the best in original works – mele, poetry, short stories, oral histories, essays, memoirs, art, photographs, videos, animation, class projects, 'oli, hula, music -- with a unique Native Hawaiian focus from our campus and community.  We provide a creative space for writers and artists that nurtures creativity, self-expression, and innovation.

To submit your writing and art for publication, please visit the Pūpū A `O `Ewa website
Hawaiian Studies Program

Details on the Academic Subject Certificate offered in Hawaiian Stuides

Hawaiian Language Courses

Beginning and Intermediate levels are offered.

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Native Hawaiian Statistics Coming Soon: Data from our Institutional Research Office




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