Senior Leadership’s Community Service at Ulupō Heiau – Stewards of Aloha, Pono, Kuleana

HPU’s senior leadership team gathered recently at Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site to weed, fertilize, and cultivate kalo (taro) patches on the Kukanono slope below the heiau. In doing so, members of the team reconnected with the cultural values HPU aims to instill in all students who join the vibrant island community HPU faculty and staff call home.  

Led by conservation biologist Kaleo Wong, the team had a unique opportunity to “give back” while learning the history of the Kailua Kawainui Marsh area.   

President John Gotanda noted, “The senior leadership team is comprised of caring stewards of the community, navigating with aloha, pono, and kuleana.” He continued, “Rooted with our senior leadership, woven through each and every faculty and staff member, and seeded in every student and alumnus, HPU’s core values can be found throughout our ‘ohana.” 

The Malama Ulupō Heiau program was established by HPU’s Human Resources in 2016 to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to explore HPU’s core values while performing community service. Kupuna-in-Residence Lynette Cruz, Ph.D., championed this effort as a companion to her unique service-learning work with HPU’s students.   

Mahalo to Kumu Wong, Kumu Cruz, and HPU’s Human Resources team for your dedication to HPU’s core values – aloha, pono, and kuleana!