What is a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning?
A Native Hawaiian place of learning is responsive to the needs and assets of Native Hawaiian communities and is reflective of Indigenous Hawaiʻi.
Since 1986, there have been four reports written that guide UH Mānoa in becoming a Native Hawaiian place of learning.
What does ‘Native Hawaiian place of learning’ really mean?
Since the 2002 strategic plan, UH Mānoa has aspired to be a Hawaiian Place of Learning. When our office was established in 2017 we began to ask our campus:
- What does a “Hawaiian Place of Learning” really mean?
- What is the essence?
We listened to our on-campus and off-campus communities and what we heard repeatedly is that at the heart of every Native Hawaiian place of learning is aloha ‘āina.
What is Aloha ʻĀina?
There are many ways to define aloha ‘āina and we recognize that it can take a lifetime to fully understand the deeply rooted value and practice that is unique to Hawai‘i yet profoundly connected to many cultures around the world. We also recognize that there are imperfections in trying to describe and translate between Hawaiian language and English as well as the worldviews that they hold.
All our hesitations aside and guided by the Kūali‘i Council, we describe aloha ‘āina as a recognition, commitment, and practice sustaining the ea – or life breath – between people and our natural environments that resulted in nearly 100 generations of sustainable care for Hawai‘i. We recognize that it is because of the aloha ‘āina practiced by Native Hawaiians over many centuries that we can enjoy the Hawai‘i we have today.
We ask ourselves: How will we pay it forward?
Our environments – the land, sea, and skies – as well as the people and the knowledge systems that are deeply rooted in sustainable care and pono for Hawai‘i.
– Kūali‘i Council, 2018
A Genealogy of 'Native Hawaiian Place of Learning' and 'Aloha ʻĀina' at UH Mānoa
Below is a genealogy of how ‘Native Hawaiian place of learning’ and ‘aloha ‘āina’ have been incorporated into UH Mānoa guiding documents over the last three decades. Each document shapes the succeeding documents, thus they are connected and form a genealogy. We thank the many people who have worked tirelessly on the creation and implementation of the goals and recommendations from these documents.