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Participation in the UH Commencement and Lā Hemo Kula is voluntary, but it is encouraged!

Lā Hemo Kula Ceremonies & Guest Reservations

On the eve before the UH Mānoa commencement, your ʻohana, friends and guests will be invited to attend the Hawaiʻinuiākea graduation ceremonies known as Lā Hemo Kula.  Because of limited seating at the event, please be sure to email your Advisor with the number of guests by the announced due date.  If you do not respond by the due date, we will assume that you have no guests and/or are not attending the event.


Each graduate from Kawaihuelani and Kamakakūokalani is honored to deliver their personal graduation haʻiōlelo during the Lā Hemo Kula ceremonies.  The Kawaihuelani graduate is asked to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  When there are large numbers of graduates, a representative from Kawaihuelani and Kamakakūokalani may be selected to present the haʻiʻōlelo on behalf of their classmates.  If you are interested in delivering the graduation haʻiʻōlelo for your classmates, please inform your Advisor at the graduation meeting.

On-line Moʻolelo

All graduates are asked to complete a short biography about your time at Hawaiʻinuiākea, which will be used to design our printed program for our guests.  The information will be entered on-line and you will be emailed the link. Please enter your biography information by the announced due date in order to be part of the printed commemorative program.
Click here to enter your information.

Hawaiian Protocol

It is a UH Mānoa tradition that all Hawaiʻinuiākea graduates (and other Native Hawaiian graduates and faculty) are honored with the opportunity to open the UH Mānoa commencement ceremonies with a chant and protocol at each commencement event, in fellowship with the Hawaiʻinuiākea faculty and staff.  Your participation is voluntary, but you are encouraged to participate as our newest HSHK graduate.

Similarly, the chant and protocol are offered as part of separate celebratory ceremonies hosted by Hawaiʻinuiākea as a gift of Aloha to family and guests who gather the evening before the UH Mānoa commencement for our Lā Hemo Kula celebration.

Kīhei & Lei Fee (To Be Announced)

At this time, a fee (or fundraising event) to help cover/defray the costs of the HSHK graduation kīhei and lei that graduates wear as part of Lā Hemo Kula ceremonies and the UH Commencement is under discussion.  Please be prepared to pay this fee (to be announced) or fundraise, when announced.

Kumu Keawe & Kumu Lilikalā

Watch your emails from either/both Kumu Keawe Lopes or/and Kumu Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa for announcements regarding rehearsals, traditional Hawaiian regalia, oli and lei for the Hawaiian protocol.

Email our kumu with your ideas to compose your own mele or oli, or learn a group mele or oli at:  or

HSHK Graduate Exit Survey

Soon after your graduation, we ask that all of our graduates access the on-line Hawaiʻinuiākea Grade Exit Survey.  Your thoughtful responses will help us all improve our programs and services for our current students.   The survey, which takes only a few minutes to complete, is accessible on-line and is anonymous.  You will be emailed the link to access the survey.


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