The Office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships (ONHP) is a resource for students, staff, and faculty at Chaminade, offering programs and services that promote Native Hawaiian culture and knowledge. We believe that engaging our campus’ Native Hawaiian-serving identity contributes to academic and professional success. Through cross-campus and external community collaborations with organizations in the community, we provide cultural, place-based opportunities.
A Native Hawaiian-Serving Institution
Chaminade holds a unique position in the intellectual life of the Hawaiian Islands. In 1884, Saint Louis College opened in what is now Honolulu’s Chinatown. The Marianists emphasized the need to bring education to those who needed it the most, among whom were Native Hawaiians. Saint Louis College quickly became an integral part of the community of Honolulu, serving both the ordinary citizens and the Hawaiian alii (royalty) of that era. Today, Chaminade continues its commitment to provide excellent academic opportunities for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island students.
The Office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships advances three areas of strategic importance:
- Chaminade University’s commitment as a Native Hawaiian-serving institution
- Social justice relating to disparities in health, education, and the criminal justice system
- Strong partnerships between the university and the community
We believe connecting campus stakeholders with people and organizations in the community promotes academic excellence and Native Hawaiian well-being. Engaging the root culture and identity of Hawai`i allows our campus to flourish and make important contributions.