Inaugural issue of Pūpū A 'O 'Ewa

Leeward Community College proudly announces the inaugural issue of Pūpū A 'O 'Ewa Native Hawaiian Arts and Literary Journal. The unique online journal showcases the best in original works – mele, poetry, short stories, oral histories, essays, memoirs, art, photographs, videos, animation, class projects, 'oli, hula, music -- from our campus and our community with a unique Native Hawaiian focus.  The online journal provides a creative space for writers and artists that nurtures creativity, self-expression, and innovation.

These Native Hawaiian voices challenge you to see the world in new ways.  Many of the works are in our 'ōlelo makuahine, our mother language.  Native Hawaiian traditions of storytelling and song are ancient and deep, and these bonds are reflected in many of these modern works here in Pūpū.

The origins of Pūpū began in Fall 2010, thanks to generous support provided by Leeward's Language Arts division. With the divisions' support, Professors Kepa Badis and Pat Kamalani Hurley created Ka 'Umeke Kā'eo awards to encourage Native Hawaiian writing excellence.  

Pūpū Founder and Editor Hurley, states "It quickly became obvious that these wonderful works should be shared with the greater community. Pūpū A 'O 'Ewa Native Hawaiian Arts and Literary Journal is the result. Today, the Ka 'Umeke Kā'eo awards have become an important platform for student expression, particularly in the Hawaiian language. Students are invited to submit their original writings of all kinds (including fiction, essays, mele, hula) about ke ano Hawai'i, all things Hawaiian."

The online journal is viewable at

Pūpū A 'O 'Ewa Board members, 2012 - 2013

Pat Kamalani Hurley, Professor, Language Arts – Founder and Editor
Kepa Badis, Professor, Language Arts, Hawaiian Language
Dave Manu Bird, Professor, Language Arts, Writing
Kalani Flores, Coordinator, Hoʻoulu
Eiko Kosasa, Social Science, Political Science
Makanani Parker, Professor, Arts and Humanities, Hawaiian Studies
Auli'i Silva, Coordinator, Hālau ‘Ike O Pu'uloa Native Hawn Student Support Services

Pūpū A 'O 'Ewa is a joint project with the Language Arts Division and Hālau 'Ike O Pu'uloa Native Hawaiian Student Support Services.

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