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Hanakahi Council

Hanakahi Hale at UH Hilo Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center
Hanakahi Hale at the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center



The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo is a Hawaiian place of learning.


Hanakahi Council advocates for and advises on the advancement of Hawaiian students, faculty, staff, and culture throughout the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo.

Who We Are

The Hanakahi Council is a campus-based caucus group of faculty and staff who are Native Hawaiian or associated with campus programs, colleges, or departments in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian language, or Hawaiian education or targeted to serve Native Hawaiian students.

The general membership meets monthly and the executive representatives meet monthly with the UH Hilo Chancellor to discuss issues and/or topics that may impact access or success Native Hawaiians at UH Hilo.

The Hanakahi Council represents UH Hilo at the system-wide level as an active member of the P┼źko╩╗a Council.

Hanakahi Council has three strategic goals:

  • Lead the transformation of the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo as a Hawaiian place of learning;
  • Advocate for the advancement and leadership of Hawaiian students, faculty, and staff;
  • Strengthen Hanakahi╩╗s collaborative voice, advisement to administration, and capacity through mentorship.

To advance Hanakahi strategic goals, the following committees were formed.

  • Protocols (with sub-committees on Naming, Commencement, and Ho╩╗okipa)
  • Legislative Tracking

For more information about us, please visit the our charter (2010) and by laws (2010).

Reference Materials

UH System Initiatives

UH Hilo Initiatives

Native Hawaiian Student Services

Native Hawaiian Student Profiles

Hanakahi Recommendations and Position Statements