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OHA awards College of Education $83,000 to establish Pu'uhonua

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Jennifer L. Parks, (808) 956-0416
Communications Coordinator, College of Education
Posted: Jan 6, 2012

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education was awarded $83,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to establish Puʻuhonua: Hale for Native Hawaiian Student Support in the Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS). Recognizing the need for a coordinated effort to address the recruitment and retention of Hawaiian students, Project Puʻuhonua was born out of this joint kuleana and reflects the university’s and college’s commitment to Native Hawaiian advancement. While the college and OSAS have a long history of recruiting and retaining Hawaiian students, this is the first college-wide effort. The following is the program’s announcement in Hawaiian.
 
E Holomua Nā Mamo A Hāloa! Hāʻawi mai ʻo OHA i $83K i ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao o ke Kula Nui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa
 
Me ke oho leo nui a haʻaheo wale e kuʻi ai nei lono. Ua hoʻokaʻa ʻia maila he 83 kaukani kālā i ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao o kā kākou Kula Nui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa nei e nā lima manawaleʻa o ka Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). He kālā kēia e kākoʻo ai i nā hana nui a ka Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) o kēia keʻena nei o kākou. I ka hoʻomaka ʻana o ke Kau Hāʻulelau o kēia makahiki, ua hoʻokumu ʻia maila ka Hale Kākoʻo Haumāna Hawaiʻi ʻo Puʻuhonua ma loko o OSAS. Na ua hale nei e koikoi a e kākoʻo i ke komo mai o nā haumāna Hawaiʻi i ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao me ka manaʻo, e hoʻonui ʻia ka heluna haumāna Hawaiʻi o ko kākou keʻena. 
 
Hoʻōho pū akula ka luna o OSAS ʻo Melvin Spencer III, “At OSAS, we have always strived to create a supportive environment filled with aloha for our native Hawaiian students. This funding will ensure that we continue to fulfill our kuleana and truly provide a Hawaiian sense of place for our students at the College of Education.” Hoʻomau aku ʻo ia, “Puʻuhonua is a wonderful direction for us all to head in to better support our native Hawaiian students.”
 
Ua kapa ʻia kēia hale ʻo Puʻuhonua no ka mea he wahi e maluhia ai ka poʻe Hawaiʻi e like me nā Puʻuhonua o ke au kahiko o ka ʻāina. Wahi a nā kūpuna, hele ʻia ka Puʻuhonua i wahi e mau ai ka pono a me ke ola o ka poʻe i komo. He manaʻo nui kēia o nā lima hana a pau a OSAS. E mālama i wahi e maluhia ai nā haumāna Hawaiʻi e ʻimi nei i ala ma loko o ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao e lilo ai lākou i mau kumu kula na kā kākou mau kamaliʻi. Mahalo nui ʻia ʻo OSAS mā no ko lākou kīpaepae mua ʻana i nā ala e kaʻi ai nā haumāna Hawaiʻi ma nei keʻena. Ke manaʻolana nei ʻo Puʻuhonua mā e hoʻomau i kā lākou mau hana maikaʻi. 
 
No loko mai kēia kālā o kā OHA haʻawina kālā i kapa ʻia he kālā Kaiāulu. Mahalo nui ʻia ko lākou hoʻonuʻa mau ʻana i nā hui Hawaiʻi e hoʻāʻo nei e hoʻokūʻonoʻono i ka poʻe ʻōiwi o nei ʻāina ʻo Hawaiʻi. Ma kēia kau hāʻawi kālā, ʻo ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao wale nō ka hui o ke kula nui i pōmaikaʻi i kā OHA kālā Kaiāulu. No laila, he kuleana nui ko kākou ma ke Keʻena Hoʻonaʻauao a me OSAS. E hoʻonui ʻia ana nō ka heluna o nā haumāna Hawaiʻi ma ko kākou keʻena!