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Hawaiian Identity

Hula at Chaminade

Several halau join together for the finale of last year's Pacific Islands Review, "O 'Iwi E."


This noni plant grows in a garden on campus dedicated to species native to the Hawaiian islands. Traditionally, noni was (and is) used for a variety of medicinal uses.

Early Marianist of Hawaiian Descent


Bro. Adrian Keohe, S.M. (1884-1964) was born in Wailuku and was related to Queen Liliuokalani. He was 29 years old when he became one of the first young men from Hawaii to enter the Society of Mary. He was characterized as “a reserved and dignified Hawaiian…who took pride in work”. He died at the age of 80 in his golden jubilee year as a Marianist.


Chaminade provides an environment for our students to participate in actiivities and programs related to Hawaiian identity and culture.

  • Kumu-in-Residence is a unique position at Chaminade University. Kumu hula John Keola Lake was Chaminade University’s first Kumu-in-Residence scholar. World-renowned for his expertise in hula and particularly in matters of Hawaiian protocol, John served Hawaii and especially St. Louis and Chaminade for well over 40 years.

  • Nana I Hawai`i I Kou Mau Maka (See Hawai`i Through my Eyes) was initiated by the late Kumu-in-Residence at Chaminade, Kumu John Keola Lake. This summer program offers the general public an opportunity to participate in hula workshops, sovereignty and Hawaiian identity lectures and discussions, lectures on social justice, Hawaiian epistemology, land tenure issues, as well as a number of other topics that impact both Hawaiians/Pacific island and the general population.

  • The Chaminade Hawaiian Club is a student-run club (open to all Chaminade students) that promotes a sense of Hawaiian identity, place, and culture, networking and activities. Since Chaminade does not have fraternities and sororities, participation in clubs fills a significant social role, and contributes to lifelong memories and friendships.

  • The Pacific Islands Review is a yearly dance extravaganza showcasing student talents and knowledge of cultural traditions. All traditional Pacific Island performing groups from Chaminade are involved. For the Hawaiian troupes, a student hula halau and a staff halau perform.

  • Kau Inoa (self-determination registration) and voter registration aimed at Native Hawaiians is held annually on campus. Kau Inoa is the Hawaiian registry project. It is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in support of self-determination for Hawaiians. An annual registration drive is held to allow students to register and/or educate themselves on the issues of self-determination.

  • Na Ala Hele I Ke Ao is Chaminade’s Hawaiian Leadership Program. This program, begun in 2003 through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, showcases Hawaiian leadership through the development of cultural values and exposure with Hawaiian leaders, places and events. It is open to all students.