Indigenous Politics


In an effort to make the boundaries of the university more porous, UHIP cultivates partnerships with community organizations and other academic programs. We are proud and honored to be partners in Indigenous political education with

Hālau Kū Māna public charter school
A Hawaiian culture-based and environment-based place of learning, serving children across Oʻahu in grades 4-12.

Hoʻoulu ʻĀina
A welcoming place of refuge where people of all cultures sustain and propagate 
the connections between the health of the land and the health of the people. Associated with Kokua Kalihi Valley, Hoʻoulu ʻĀina creates a land base for health in the back of Kalihi valley, in the ʻili of ʻOuaua and Maluawai.

Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria
An internationally-recognized graduate program informed by a deep respect for Indigenous knowledge and traditions as well as a thorough understanding of the current political realities of Indigenous communities. UHIP and IGOV have been engaged in a long-term partnership since 2006. This relationship includes highly-experiential and academically-rigorous graduate exchanges that connect MA and PhD students with Indigenous communities engaging in land-based practices.

Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi
A Native Hawaiian community-based non-profit organization based in the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia, moku of Koʻolaupoko, island of Oʻahu. Through cultural, educational and ecosystem restoration programs, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi promotes the social and economic advancement of the local community.

Carl Pao, Kanaka ʻŌiwi Artist

Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili (huiMAU) is a community-based non-profit organization of ʻohana from Hāmākua Hikina (East Hāmākua), founded in 2011. It is committed to cultivating kīpuka (safe spaces) that foster and regenerate the growth of place-based ancestral knowledge, healthy food- and eco-systems, and strong ʻohana with the capacity to live and thrive in Hāmākua for generations.

Hikaʻalani is a community-based non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Hawaiian cultural leaders of Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu, who refused to sit in idle consternation over the loss of places and practices that once defined Kailua as a land of abundance and excellence. It aims to reestablish centers of stewardship and learning at storied places in Kailua.