Kīpuka, Native Hawaiian Center at Puʻuloa

Kīpuka, Native Hawaiian Center at Puʻuloa

“Alahula Puʻuloa, he alahele na Kaʻahupāhau.”

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"In 2022, UH News invited ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi speakers in the UH community to share their favorite Hawaiian words. Mahalo to the students, faculty and staff members who shared words that inspired them, and we look forward to more words in the new year!"

Here comes 2023! 🌞


Hawaiian Word of the Week: Naʻau 11/30/2022


—Intestines, guts; mind, heart, affections.

“Have you ever had that experience when you’re taking a test, or making a tough decision, and you have a feeling in your gut telling you something is right or wrong? Hawaiians note this feeling as ‘listening to your naʻau’—which is the source of the mind, your thoughts, feelings and affections.”

—Christopher Pokipala, Counselor, Hawaiian Studies, Leeward Community College - Leeward Community College Wai'anae Moku

Hawaiian Word of the Week: Naʻau Naʻau—Intestines, guts; mind, heart, affections.“Have you ever had that experience when you’re taking a test, or making a tough decision, and you have a feel...



Hawaiian Soul is officially eligible to compete for an Oscar nomination at the 95th Annual Academy Awards in 2023!

In conjunction with Lā Kūʻokoʻa, Hawaiian Independence Day, we will be releasing the film on our website, hawaiiansoulmovie.com, for the next two weeks until voting closes. In that time we are asking everyone to share our story widely to hopefully get the attention of academy voters. Mahalo e Hawaii. We’re proud to represent our island home at cinemas highest level.

Stream the film now through December 15, 2022 at https://www.hawaiiansoulmovie.com

Photos from Leeward Community College's post 11/29/2022

Leeward CC Arts and Humanities: Dance, Music, and Theatre programs present


A LIVE and FREE event at Leeward Theatre
Friday Dec. 2, 2022 at 7:00pm

Celebrating students from Hula, Ballet, Modern Dance, Theatre, and Voice

With special guests Leeward CC alum Sean-Joseph Choo and T.J. Keanu Tario, aka, Lady Laritza La Bouche


Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawai’i offers a Sustainable Agriculture Program focusing on sustainable agriculture practices that are science-based, environmentally sound, and beneficial to the island community. Students gain hands-on experience with plant propagations, composting, vermicast, integrated pest management, and growing produce and can also participate in the Sustainability Club on campus.

It's International Education Week (IEW) 14-18 November, 2022! One of the greatest benefits of international education is diverse minds from around the world coming together to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, like climate change. This week we will profile U.S. higher education institutions that are tackling climate change by creating academic programs and research opportunities on environmental science, sustainability, clean technologies, and more.

Want to find out more about study in the United States? Visit EducationUSA New Zealand and https://nz.usembassy.gov/education/educational-advising/


ʻIke Wai is an “interdisciplinary project that aims to increase understanding of Hawaiian island hydrology to provide improved data for decision-making tools that address the challenges to water sustainability from climate variability, increasing population demands, and water contamination.”

In partnership with the Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT), the ‘Ike Wai collection is now accessible within the Papakilo Database.

The 107 record collection reflects water quality and recharge studies in ʻEwa, Oʻahu and Kona, Hawaiʻi. Included are records and translations from the Hawaiian Language newspapers that have the following recurring columns – Na Hoonanea o ka Manawa, Ke Kalaiwaa, Na Upena Lawai’a and many more.

This collection represents a collaborative project provided by the IHLRT, administered by the University of Hawaiʻi’s EPSCoR program (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research).

Start searching the ʻIke Wai Collection at https://bit.ly/3tU0Y5m or explore www.PapakiloDatabase.com.

Photos from Kanaeokana's post 11/22/2022

More training classes have been added to our Spring 2023 session in healthcare, IT and skilled trades! Check out our listings at www.uhcc.hawaii.edu/training and sign up today!

Photos from Purple Maiʻa Foundation's post 11/21/2022
Photos from Ka Wai Ola News's post 11/21/2022

The Wind & The Reckoning: A New Feature Length Film Tells the Story of Koʻolau and Piʻilani -

Hoku Pavao Jones who plays Keawe said “the challenge for me was speaking the language as they did during that time and in the Niʻihau way which is much faster with less lilt than what we are used to hearing today. It was such an honor to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi that I wanted to do it justice – which meant practicing the same sentence for an hour or more!”

“Speaking ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi was such an honor. This is my first movie role and the fact that I got to speak the language of my kūpuna gives me chicken skin,” said Stuart Featheran, Jr., who plays Paoa. “I don’t speak fluently, but every time I attempted to, it reminded me of when I got to converse with my Grandma Kamaile with the little bit that I did know.”

- Written by Puanani Fernandez-Akamine, Ka Wai Ola

Lā Kūʻokoʻa 11/18/2022

Do you know why November 28th is commemorated as Lā Kūʻokoʻa?

Anticipating further foreign encroachment on Hawaiian territory following the Laplace Affair, King Kamehameha III dispatched a delegation, including Timoteo Haʻalilio and Willaim Richards, to the United States and Europe.

While the diplomatic party was away, Lord George Paulet arrived in Hawaiʻi, without the authorization of his superiors, and seized the Kingdom by threatening to destroy the Nation using heavy artillery. After a five-month occupation, Rear-Admiral Richard Darton Thomas, the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Station, restored sovereignty to Kamehameha III. This event on July 31, 1843 was later commemorated as Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day).

On November 28th of that same year, at the Court of London, the British and French governments formally recognized the independence of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Haʻalilio had successfully secured the Anglo-Franco Proclamation.

Lā Kūʻokoʻa Hawaiian Independence Day

Photos from RapidOhiaDeath's post 11/17/2022

Donʻt miss ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest on O’ahu this Saturday, November 19th from 9am - 12pm at Leeward Community College! Bring your ʻohana!

Hawaiian Word of the Week: Makaukau 11/16/2022


—Able, competent, capable, handy, efficient, proficient, versed, adept, skilled, expert, qualified; prepared, ready; competence, proficiency, aptitude, preparation; to know how, to know well.

“When entering a space of learning, the right mindset is integral to our success. We must be ready to learn, engage with, and apply the lessons that are being presented. The more prepared we are to learn, the more adept, skilled and proficient we become in the practice, knowledge, history, etc.”

—Uʻilani Keliʻikuli, Associate Professor, Hawaiian Studies, Leeward Community College

Hawaiian Word of the Week: Makaukau Mākaukau—Able, competent, capable, handy, efficient, proficient, versed, adept, skilled, expert, qualified; prepared, ready; competence, proficiency, aptitud...

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