Aloha Kauhale Kākou!
In alignment with UH Strategic Goal 3: A Model Local, Regional, and Global University- Positioning the University of Hawai`i as one of the foremost multicultural centers for global and indigenous studies, President MRC Greenwood is proud to present Hawai`i Papa O Ke Ao.:
Message from President Greenwood
It is my pleasure to transmit to the Board of Regents the comprehensive recommendations of the “Model Indigenous-serving University Task Force”.
A group of system wide representatives and community leaders was formed under the guidance of University of Hawaii Vice President for Student Affairs and University/Community Relations Dr. Rockne Freitas, and tasked with the responsibility of mapping a plan for the university to become the model indigenous-serving institution in the state and the nation.
Why is this an area in which the university should excel? We in Hawaii share the gift of living in the home of our host culture – Hawaiian. Everything we do is, or should be, imbued with Hawaiian values and respectful of the traditions practiced here for centuries, long before the ancestors of other ethnicities landed on our shores. It is incumbent on Hawaii’s only public institution of higher education to both educate Hawaiian youth of our islands to prepare them for productive lives, and continue to play a key role in preserving and perpetuating the culture that exists no where else on earth. It is a gift and an obligation of which we are keenly aware. If not the University of Hawai’i, then who?
As with any group effort, this mission will not succeed without the support and commitment of collective minds and spirits. This plan lays out a path for us to follow in striving toward the goal of reaching our full potential as an indigenous-serving institution and I hope you will join me in committing our resources and resolve to this challenge. I express my gratitude to Dr. Freitas and the members of this Task Force for their time, energy and manaʻo. We look forward with great anticipation to the day that we can truly say we have reached our goal of serving our Hawai’i in every way.
MRC Greenwood, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii
Hawai`i Papa O Ke Ao is currently under review with HawCC`s Ho`olulu Council, who will make recommendations to Chancellor Yamane by the end of Spring 2012. If you have any questions regarding Hawai`i Papa O Ke Ao, please contact Ms. Noe Noe Wong-Wilson, Chairperson of Ho`olulu Council, or Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō, Task Force member.