Monday, January 30, 2017

Community Service at Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site

The University's Leadership Team
It was a sunny afternoon in January when members of the HPU leadership team gathered at Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site for the launch of the newest Human Resources initiative focused on Community Service and Team Building.

Coordinated by Kupuna-in-Residence Lynette Cruz and Human Resources Director Bernard Nunies, the program started with a welcome ‘oli (chant) asking for permission to enter the land followed by a fascinating history of the Kailua Kawainui Marsh area.  Led by conservation biologist Kaleo Wong, the group assisted with the cleaning and clearing of land on the Kukanono slope below the heiau. 

This two to three hour program promotes a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian culture with connectivity to the mission vision, and values of the University. Participants get ‘down and dirty’ by working in a lo‘i (taro patch) requiring teamwork and communication within the group dynamic. 

Going forward, this program is available to university departments looking for an opportunity to give back to the land as well as improve overall team camaraderie.  Work groups are also encouraged to promote cross-department effectiveness.

To schedule this community service activity or for more information, please contact Human Resources at  

Conservation Biologist Kaleo Wong

Coordinators Lynette Cruz and Bernard Nunies

Brenda Jensen with a kalo plant

Laulima: Many hands working together

Working the Land: Greg Grauman, Valentina Abordonado,
Vince Baldemor, Warren Wee

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