I was extremely moved by a wonderful welcoming ceremony at the Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge on June 20.
So many of my colleagues and friends from UH Mānoa participated in the ceremony, along with community leaders representing the governor’s office, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, the Queen’s Health System, Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust, Lunalilo Trust and the Board of Regents.
The traditional ʻawa ceremony.
So this is what it feels like to graduate from high school in Hawaiʻi! Thank you to so many friends and colleagues who took the time to take part in and observe the ceremony.
I was touched by everyone’s support of the University of Hawaiʻi and of me when I did an impromptu hula with my Kumu Ab Valencia and others.
Thank you for all the best wishes, advice and willingness to work together for the future of UH.
More photos from the event from Flickr.
UH and community leaders await the arrival of the visitors aboard four canoes at Sans Souci Beach, at the welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.
Hundreds of people packed Sans Souci Beach in Waikīkī on May 19 for a welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. I joined other UH and community leaders onshore to welcome four canoes that arrived onshore, carrying representatives of visiting educators.
More than 3,000 educators from around the world are gathering at the University of Hawaiʻi this week for the 2014 conference. These gatherings take place every three years, and this year, the University of Hawaiʻi is proud and honored to host the event at Kapiʻolani Community College.
UH is a model indigenous sharing university, so this is a fabulous opportunity to share what we have learned from others around the world. Participants will be attending various workshops, sharing their expert knowledge and discussing contemporary movements in education that support indigenous world views. The conference wraps up on Saturday.
Representatives of more than 3,000 visitors/participants of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference are warmly welcomed.
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Missed Sunday’s radio show? You can read about the university’s success in improving graduation rates among Native Hawaiian students in my guest editorial in the Star-Advertiser.