University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

August 2017

A Bright Mind. A metaphor for a mind eager to learn, be filled with knowledge, and to shine from within.

Advancing a community of skilled professionals and leaders – our career creators – is a vital mission of UH West Oʻahu (UHWO). To ensure that we meet this mission our faculty and staff continue to cultivate unique and differentiated learning opportunities through advancing an integrated and transdisciplinary curriculum of dynamic learning and teaching, discovery and innovation, and scholarly engagement with community partners. Indeed, we believe that “Learning, Discovering, and Engaging is the pathway to 21st Century Community-Based, Transformative Leadership!” This is our value proposition! We know that if we live into these values, if we do it well, 30 years from now, our legacy will be one of great prosperity! Prosperity born from investing in people who do extraordinary things!

August 2017

Two key guiding principles at UHWO are Kauhale and Hana Lawelawe. The first, Kauhale, commits us to building and sustaining a campus culture and climate where every learner can challenge their boundaries, where they can exercise and strengthen their critical thinking skills and clarity of voice, and be at home in a community of scholars! The principle of Hana Lawelawe, engages all learners to take the knowledge and skills, shared by kumu/teachers, and make it “deep” – that is— to be individually responsible to grow their capacities to contribute to their communities and chosen profession(s) to ensure a safe and socially just world.

Poʻokela, the excellence of practice shown every day by our faculty and staff continues to strengthen our ability to build kauhale and live hana lawelawe! This is a beautiful Hawaiian Place of Learning where everyone is embraced, where Aloha is shared, and where aspirations are fulfilled!

We are all proud to be Pueo Strong! As a member of the UHWO ʻOhana we know that wherever we go, our core values of Poʻokela – Educational Excellence, Kauhale – A Dynamic Place of Learning, and Hana Lawelawe –Take knowledge and contribute guides our good work!

Welcome back to a new academic year!
E mālama pono!

Chancellor Maenette K.P. Ah Nee – Benham, Ed.D.