UH Regents approve Pūko‘a Council Charter

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
External Affairs & University Relations
Kealiʻi Gora, (808) 945-1406
Administrative Coordinator
Posted: Jul 2, 2009

HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI — At a recent BOR meeting, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved the charter of the Pūkoʻa Council. The primary role for the council is to provide information and advice to the president of the university on issues relevant to Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian culture, language, and history.

The charter was ratified by the Pūkoʻa Council members and campus councils of all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses on May 28, 2009 and expresses the purpose and function of the council, the organization and membership, and code of conduct.

Article one of the charter, states the purpose of the Pūkoʻa Council is "to provide a formal, independent voice and organization through which the Native Hawaiian faculty, administrators, and students of the University of Hawaiʻi System can participate in the development and interpretation of system-wide policy and practice as it relates to Native Hawaiian programs, activities, initiatives, and issues."

The council membership is comprised of Native Hawaiians and those associated with the University of Hawaiʻi System as faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, administration, and students who support the Pūkoʻa Council‘s mission and values. The charter serves as a living document that will be reviewed periodically.

The Pūkoʻa Council is one of three system-wide bodies that advises the president. The other two bodies are the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC) and the Student Caucus. The ACCFSC and Student Caucus each have charters previously approved by the BOR.

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