Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dr. Lui K. Hokoana is responsible for campus-wide planning and policy formulation and ensures that student affairs programs, services and activities are aligned with the academic mission and strategic goals of UH West Oʻahu.
Hokoana provides leadership for the delivery and administration of a full-range of student affairs programs including enrollment management, admissions, outreach, academic program advising, student orientation and registration, financial aid, activities, counseling, cultural advising, health and wellness, judicial affairs, first-year experience and retention, and career development. As a member of the university’s senior staff, he is responsible for overseeing the budget and material resources of the Student Affairs department and developing a comprehensive learning environment with a successful program of student retention that complements UH West Oʻahu’s strategic plan for recruitment and enrollment.
Prior to joining UH West Oʻahu, Hokoana served as the associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Hawaiʻi System, and was responsible for providing systemwide leadership in planning, organizing, directing, evaluating and coordinating the University of Hawaiʻi System’s student affairs. This includes initiating, developing and coordinating student affairs programs, policies and procedures related to systemwide activities.
He joined the University of Hawaiʻi in 1991 as a counselor at Maui Community College, where he developed and implemented the Liko Aʻe 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 U.S. Department of Education Title III funds for the college.
Hokoana holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UH Hilo, a master’s degree in communications from UH Mānoa and a doctorate degree in education from the University of Southern California.