Hawai‘i Spotlight

The Hawai’i Spotlight program provides opportunities for students to explore different parts of the island and learn about the Hawaiian culture and the community we live in. It focuses on the core values of the University: Aloha, Kuleana and Pono. Students will explore what each value means and identify ways to exemplify these values in their daily lives. These events are scheduled once per month.  


Jam Sesh with Kekoa Kane
Thursday, October 18, 2018; 6:00pm-7:30pm

Aloha Tower Martketplace, Blue Pavilion (Lanai). Pupus (refreshments) and drinks will be served.


For this month’s Hawaii Spotlight, we will bring the Hawaiian culture to campus! We are excited to present Kekoa Kane who will be teaching participants a mele Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian song). Those who play ʻukulele are welcome to bring theirs to jam along! He will also share mana'o (information) about Hawaiian music and its history.

Kekoa Kane is an award-winning Hawaiian falsetto singer and ukulele player. He has been performing since he was 4 years old, has won multiple competitions, and is the recipient of multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards. As a member of the Mana Maoli Collective. Mana Maoli is the nonprofit that started Oahu's first charter school and continues to support 14 schools across the islands with its Mana Mele Project, which teaches students Academics, Business, and Culture (ABCs) though music and multimedia, via year-long classes, short to long term mentorships on and off campus, and a solar mobile studio. Kekoa is not only exceptionally talented, he's also a strong supporter of spreading the message of Hawaiian music.


RSVP to attend this Jam Sesh with Kekoa Kane by completing the Hawai‘i Spotlight Reservation. Seating is limited.


Ulupō Lo‘i
Saturday, November 3, 2018; 8:30am-12:00pm

Learn firsthand how Native Hawaiians cultivated kalo (taro) in the ahupua‘a of Ko‘olaupoko (a land division that ran from mountain to ocean and divided resources for the people).  Join us in this unique opportunity to work in the mud and learn about the significance of this ancient staple.  

Don’t forget we will get muddy! What does that mean? Bring an old towel, clothes (shorts and t-shirt), a water bottle, and a hat.

Bring a sense of ADVENTURE to the lo‘i!

Bus transportation is provided:

Pick up at Aloha Tower Marketplace Shuttle Stop at 7:30am

Pick up at Hawaii Loa Campus Shuttle Stop at 8:00am

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.

Lunch will be served at Ulupō.

To reserve your spot complete the Hawai‘i Spotlight-Ulupō reservation form. Space is limited so sign up today!



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