He Nu’ukia Lāhui Hawai‘i

He Nu‘ukia Lāhui Hawai‘i A Native Hawaiian Vision

We are devoted to a successful and vibrant future for Native Hawaiians. We seek to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry through education. Our vision, therefore, is to empower Native Hawaiians in ways that ensure the vibrancy of Hawaiian society in perpetuity.

As a vibrant Hawaiian Society, that includes all people who share and actively support this vision, we…

  1. Live in a spiritual world of great richness and complexity.
  2. Demonstrate the kuleana to mālama ‘āina for Ka Pae ‘Āina ‘o Hawai‘i and support other efforts throughout the Pacific region and the larger global community.
  3. Are supported by ‘ohana that are nurtured by and contribute to a larger community network.
  4. Are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of nā kānaka, ka ‘ohana, ke kaiaulu, ka lāhui, and kō Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina.
  5. Express ourselves in our ‘ōlelo makuahine.
  6. Foster various behaviors, practices, and perspectives consistent with and contributing to a Hawaiian worldview.
  7. Convey our own histories in our own voices.
  8. Express ourselves through our artistic traditions.
  9. Reflect our ancestral heritage daily.
  10. Are creative, innovative, and firmly rooted in tradition.
  11. Lead and control our own governance and institutions.
  12. Facilitate learning that enables the highest levels of human achievement.
  13. Are committed to enhancing the socio-economic conditions of our people.
  14. Are engaged in sustainable economic activities that enhance the well-being of our people.
  15. Actively communicate, engage, and exchange with the global community.

This vision assumes that our vibrant future includes Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians. Together, we share responsibility to improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians. Native Hawaiians have distinct kuleana in this society which derives from their ancestral heritage and the adverse circumstances of history. Hence, throughout this document, the term “our” reflects the voice of Native Hawaiians and their particular kuleana. “Our” further reflects the critical involvement of non-Hawaiians in forwarding this vision and participating in its realization.

Papa Wehewehe ‘Ōlelo
ka lāhui
Ka Pae ‘Āina ‘o Hawai‘i
ke kaiaulu
kō Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina
Lāhui Hawai‘i
mālama ‘āina
nā kanaka
‘ohana/ka ‘ohana
‘ōlelo makuahine
The social body of Native Hawaiians/The Hawaiian Nation (caps)
The Hawaiian Islands
the community
the residents of Hawai’i
responsibility & prerogative
The social body of Native Hawaiians/The Hawaiian Nation (caps)
caring for the land
the people/individuals
family/the family
mother tongue/the Hawaiian language


The Hawaiian terms and phrases above are defined according to the particular contexts in which they appear in this document.