The Dean

Aloha Mai Kākou!

Mahalo nūnui for visiting our Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge website!

Hawai‘inuiākea is comprised of four centers, including two academic units, one traditional cultural garden, and a student services unit: the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘O Kānewai Cultural Garden, and Native Hawaiian Student Services. In both our academic departments we offer B.A. and M.A. degrees. Indeed, students often double major in both and increasingly are double majoring in either Hawaiian Language or Hawaiian Studies with another discipline focus such as Business, Marine Biology/Natural Sciences, Engineering, Education, Natural Resource and Environment Management, and so on. Whatever the passion, learning begins at Hawaiʻinuiākea!

The traditional principles that guide the work (teaching, mentoring, research, and community outreach) we do is guided by Kanaka ʻŌiwi principles expressed in the following ‘ōlelo no‘eau, or wise sayings:

Ka waihona o ka na‘auao.
The repository of learning. (Pukui, p. 178.)
Hawai‘inuiākea will be a resource for Hawaiian courses and programs in order to improve and expand quality education for the students, faculty, and staff of the academy in undergraduate and graduate programs.

‘Ike i ke au nui me ke au iki.
Know the big current and the little current. Is well versed. (Pukui, p. 131.)
Hawai‘inuiākea promotes research and pursuit of traditional and modern forms of Hawaiian knowledge in order to create new knowledge and perspectives.

E lawe i ke a‘o a mālama, a e ‘oi mau ka na‘auao.
He who takes his teachings and applies them increases his knowledge. (Pukui, p. 40.)
Hawai‘inuiākea will use a variety of means and media to distribute and promote knowledge from academy outward to community, Pacific, and internationally.

Hānau ka ‘āina, hānau ke ali‘i, hānau ke kanaka.
Born was the land, born were the chiefs, born were the common people. The land, the chiefs, and the commoners belong together. (Pukui, p. 56.)
Hawai‘inuiākea will establish a Hawaiian place of learning and education.

Please take the time to peruse our website and we welcome you to visit us soon!

E mālama pono!

Dr. Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham, Dean