Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Lui K. Hokoana
Appointed associate vice president for student affairs in May 2011, Lui K. Hokoana is responsible for providing systemwide leadership in planning, organizing, directing, evaluating and coordinating the University of Hawaii System’s student affairs. This includes initiating, developing and coordinating student affairs programs, policies and procedures related to systemwide activities.
Hokoana also oversees the Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service and the National Corporation of Community Services, as well as three statewide programs—WICHE, Leveraging Educational Assistance Program and the State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Benefits—which impact Hawaii students who wish to pursue their education in Hawaii and beyond.
He joined the University of Hawaii in 1991 as a counselor at Maui Community College, where he developed and implemented the Liko Ae Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program that provides scholarships to students throughout the country. In 2006 he was named vice chancellor of student affairs at Windward Community College. Under his leadership, the Achieving the Dream initiative resulted in unprecedented growth in enrollment and financial aid access for students, and he helped secure $12.3 million in Title III funds for the college.
Active in community affairs, Hokoana has served as a board member of Papa Ola Lokahi, Hui No Ke Ola Pono and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. He is one of the founders and served as president of the Native Hawaiian Education Association, now the largest Hawaiian education association with a membership of 600 educators. In 1999 he received the Ke Kukui Malamalama Excellence in Hawaiian Education award from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Hokoana holds a BA in political science from UH Hilo, MA in communications from UH Manoa and an EdD in education from the University of Southern California.