Aloha Kauhale Kākou,
Hawaiʻi Pāmaomao is an indigenous exchange program supported by both UHʻs Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Creating and Indigenous Serving Institution initiative and the Chancellor Team of Noreen Yamane (HawCC) and Don Straney (UHH). Hawaiʻi Pāmaomao is sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Life Styles Program and is a program designed to bring faculty, staff, administrators and learners of both HawCC and UHH to identify our Hawaiian Indigenous life ways with those of other indigenous counterparts.
In one activity we address the three goals of Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao: Leadership, Community, and Hawaiian Language and Culture Parity. The core, as defined by HLS, is to build an understanding of how indigenous life ways in academia will build student success. Pāmaomao is designed to build a strong inter-campus and intra-campus support system for the faculty, staff, administrators and learners who support equity of the educational experience, closing the gap between students most likely to succeed and students who are least likely to succeed.
This Spring Break we exchanged with Ojibwa Red Lake Nation College, White Earth Tribal College, Leech Lake Tribal College and Bemidji University American Indian Resource Center, Minnesota. We entered in their Change of Season Ceremony that included their drumming, chanting, and traditional foods. We then were invited to dance, chant and present our hoʻokupu (ceremonial gifts), and to speak on themes related to creating an indigenous framework for 21st century academia.
Training for this experience included 3 orientations/workshops and a 3-day residency all here in Hawaiʻi before we got on the plane. This is to build our understanding of the peoples we will visit by researching comparative cultural traits so we can pull from our Hawaiian traditions our practices that align perfectly with theirs. On this common ground we begin the exchange.
Here are the 2015 Pāmaomao participants. Please do contact them for their authentic response/reflection of the experience, as well as their projected HawCC/UHH campus projects reflective of their Pāmaomao: Ākeamakamae Kiyuna (UHH Lecturer); Trina Nahm-Mijo (HawCC Professor); Ramona Uʻilani Nāipo (HawCC Student); Pōlanimakamae Kahakalau (HawCC Student); Kaʻalalani Wilson Ahu (UHH & HawCC Student); Pamela Scheffler (HawCC Professor); Michelle Lambert (HawCC Native Hawaiian Transfer Counselor); Lokelani Brandt (HawCC Lecturer); Rebecca Jacobs (HawCC Lecturer); Grace Funai (Advisor/ Counselor, College Council Chairperson); Kathryn Sims (HawCC Professor); Ryan McCormack (HawCC First Year Experience Coordinator); Drew Kapp ( HawCC and UHH Lecturer); Noʻel Tagab-Cruz (HawCC APT); Uluwehi Vanblarcom (HawCC APT); Taupōuri Tangarō (HawCC Professor, Acting Director of Kauhale Academic Village).
Please click on the link below to get an idea of the quality of the experience as reflected in the front page of The Bemidji Pioneer.
Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō, Kauhale Academic Village Acting Director