Aloha mai kākou, e ka ʻohana ʻo Hawaiʻinuiākea!
Makemake wau e mahalo aku iā ʻoukou a pau i ka makana ʻana mai i ka puʻuwai aloha.
This is the last Dean’s Message from me as I depart as the Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and step into another role as Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu. On behalf of my ʻohana, Bob, Kaʻimi and Kiana,we send our most gracious mahalo for the gifts of expertise, passion, commitment, and aloha that you have shared with us!
Know that I am prepared for my next sail because of the work that we have done together over the last eight years! Each of you has been a brilliant example of service and stewardship; the solid stones that were forever in motion we have worked hard to set in place for the needs of our students, our programs, the lāhui–all before our own personal benefit. Our success is in the hands of our students who continue to make significant contributions to the communities we love. Indeed, to have the skill to learn with and teach others is truly a gift unlike any other. I am deeply humbled, profoundly grateful, and truly proud to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with you. To be sure, our hands have engaged in good work.
It is with grace and humility that I mahalo you and wish only for the very best.
E mālama pono!
Maenette Kapeaʻahiokalani Padeken Ah Nee Benham
“In this time of makahiki as we reflect on the bounty of the year and celebrate the collective hard work that made such progress possible through our school, our university, and our communities, it is appropriate that we also celebrate the great accomplishment of our very own Dr. Maenette Benham, inaugural Dean of HSHK, who has been named Chancellor of UH West O‘ahu. While taking pride in her having broken another glass ceiling as the first Native Hawaiian female to be named a Chancellor of any of our 10 UH campuses, we celebrate her years of leadership that have made HSHK a solid presence in our university and in our islands. Her wisdom, experience and many successes now extend into the broader realm of Chancellorship, and we hope that her position there is a real step in moving our system towards truly becoming a Hawaiian place of learning. Of course we will miss her and yet we welcome the opportunity to create more bridges with UHWO and to all of our communities on the west side of O‘ahu. We will now immerse ourselves in the process of finding our next dean, looking forward to all the promise of another cycle of fine leadership so that allows us to best serve our communities.” — Punihei Lipe