The Dean


News From the Dean

December, 2013

Hauʻoli Lonoikamakahiki!

Since I accepted the invitation to join the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa community as Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge in August 2008, I have been blessed and privileged to work with brilliant faculty, staff, and students. Through our shared goal to establish a strong foundation upon which to sustain the work of Kanaka ʻOiwi in the academy, we have experienced continued excellence in our missions in education, research and community engagement that has been aimed to better serve our lāhui and all Hawaiʻi. Today, Hawaiʻinuiākea stands proudly as the very best academic indigenous center of learning in the world – thanks to the efforts of our faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Indeed, our journey has had its ups and downs, but we have all been champions and leaders of this movement to ensure that UH Mānoa is a Hawaiian Place of Learning.

As I reflect on 2013 and look forward to 2014, I want to take the opportunity to mahalo the faculty, staff, and students and all our college and community partners, as you have all been the source of illumination and luminescence. Along our journey (since 2008), we have worked hard to create connections between students, faculty and staff; across programs and in the university; and across our many community constituents. Today we stand more united in our commitment to language and culture revitalization, engaged community programs, and research that is innovative and a model of excellence for our community, the lāhui, and beyond. Of course this sail-plan will continue long into the future! I am honored to serve with you.

I wish you and your ʻohana a very happy makahiki and holiday season and look forward to our continued excellence into the future. Mahalo Nui Loa!

E mālama pono!

Maenette K.P. Ah Nee – Benham, Dean