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Current Mission:

Pu‘uhonua aims to provide a sanctuary for Native Hawaiian (NH) students in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education (COE) by creating a welcoming environment that connects NH students to various resources to support them in their educational, professional, and personal goals.

Pu‘uhonua also provides community and cultural experiences from a Hawaiian perspective for the entire undergraduate COE student population to support COE’s strategic plan to strive to become a Hawaiian place of learning.

Program Goals:

  1. Ensure Native Hawaiian students feel supported in the COE.
  2. Conduct workshops/events that inspire future NH leaders in the education and health communities.
  3. Offer financial support for NH students with costs that might come up in their academic journeys (including but not limited to GRE test fees, PRAXIS fees, financial aid concerns, etc.).
  4. Encourage the greater COE student body to engage in events that support learning more about the NH host culture.


Alyssa Kapaona