Mahalo ā nui!

Pūpū A `O `Ewa owes much gratitude to the following individuals. Their faith in our kuleana and their support helped make Pūpū a reality.  Mahalo nui loa!

Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Jury, Spring 2015

  • Kepa Badis, Professor, Language Arts, Hawaiian Language
  • Dave Manu Bird, Professor, Language Arts, Writing
  • Eileen Cain, Professor, Language Arts
  • Piʻikea Hardy- Kahaleoumi, Advisor, Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa Native Hawaiian Student Support Services
  • Eiko Kosasa, Professor, Social Science
  • Kuʻuipo Losch, Professor, Arts and Humanities, Hawaiian Studies
  • Makanani Parker, Instructor, Arts and Humanities, Hawaiian Studies
  • Auli`i Silva, Coordinator, Hālau `Ike O Pu`uloa Native Hawaiian Student Support Services

Support Services

  • Kathleen Cabral, Marketing Director, Leeward CC
  • Auli`i Silva, Hālau `Ike O Pu`uloa Native Hawn Student Support Coordinator
  • Greg Walker, EMC
  • Winona Aguero, Ho`oulu Educational Specialist
  • Lexer Chou, Student Life Coordinator
  • Members of the Board of Student Communications
  • Leanne Chun and the staff at EMC, especially Les Matsuura, Camden Baruga, and Robert Oshita

Lima `Ākau (Volunteers, Interns, and other Dependable Helpers)

  • Kahoʻolemana Naone, photographer
  • Kepoʻo Keliʻipaʻakaula, Hawaiian language support
  • Rokki Midro, video

Mahalo a nui loa to our generous University of Hawaiʻi Foundation donors!

About Our graphic

The design to the left of your screen is called Ka Lei Nihomanō (The Shark Tooth Lei), designed for Pūpū`A ‘O `Ewa by Kekaimalu Lee.   This symbol is for the ki`’i (guardian) of Pu`uloa,  the shark goddess, Ka`ahupahau.  The triangles represent shark’s teeth and point outward as a symbol of protection.  Stylized `awa (piper methysticum) leaves appear down the middle of the design.  The `awa is a valuable plant in Hawaiian culture, used as a pleasant intoxicating drink, as a sacred plant for prayer and ceremony, and as lau`au (medicine.)  The `awa is significant for us because our college is located in the ahupua`a of Wai`awa.

Ka Lei Nihomanō follows the protocols of kākau uhi, Hawaiian tattoo traditions.  Ka’ahupahau, the great shark goddess, has always protected this area, and we hope that she will continue to protect us forever, which is why the design has no starting or ending point.  For these reasons, Ka Lei Nihomanō appears on every webpage and every document for Pūpū A `O `Ewa.


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