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Strategic Support

Becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning


If you are visiting this page you are likely a UH Mānoa student, staff, faculty, or executive who wants to more clearly align your initiative, program, event, budget, new hire, and/or future plans with our institutional goal of becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning. Mahalo for diving into this work! Our office is humbled to have the kuleana to provide you with tools and resources to support your steps towards this important goal. A few points:

  • This work takes time, energy, and resources. So please be kind to yourself and your teams and plan accordingly.
  • This work cannot be done alone. We encourage you to create a hui (group) and to utilize the guidelines shared below to ensure that you cultivate a hui that is grounded in aloha.
  • This work is a process. While our goal is to provide you with many tools via our website, we know that not everything you need to create a Native Hawaiian place of learning within your particular area can be learned online. Our office is committed to supporting you with other in-person experiences as our resources and capacity grow.

We suggest you engage in the following steps in the order provided below.

1: Engage with the Core Principles

Read the Mānoa 2025: Our Kuleana to Hawai‘i and the World Strategic Plan. In terms of becoming a Native Hawaiian place of learning, pay special attention to pages 4-19. Then take a deeper dive into the Native Hawaiian core principles introduced in the strategic plan.

2: Read the UH Native Hawaiian Reports

Read the University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian reports that provide hundreds of recommendations that your hui (group) can use right now to take steps towards becoming a Native Hawaiian place of learning.

3: Utilize the Implementation Guide

We have created an implementation guide to support the use of the Native Hawaiian core principles and the UH NH report recommendations within your hui’s work.

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