Nā Hanana Events

Fall (Hāʻulelau)

Welcome Back Pāʻina - Welcoming back to all of our returning members and welcoming new students to Stanford. A meet and greet with local food, meet people involved with the Hawaiʻi community at Stanford, and learn more about what we do throughout the year.

First Nations Futures Program Welcome - The First Nations Futures Program is a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment geared toward empowering First Nations' leaders. The program's goal is to train Native Hawaiian, Māori, and Alaska Native leaders to use indigenous knowledge to thrive in a Western world, and to strengthen their own communities and people. Their year-long program begins on Stanford's campus with a two week institute. Hui helps to host a number of events for students to learn with and from some of Polynesia's most inspiring leaders. These include a welcoming ceremony done in collaboration with the Muwekma Tribe at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, a dinner, and kanikapila.

Indigenous Peoples Day / Native American Heritage Month - Every year, Stanford's Native groups reflect on the past and a celebrate our people's continued impact on the American and global society. On Indigenous People's Day, we partake in a Candlelight Vigil to observe and share our histories, and for Native American Heritage Month we sponsor programming to bring Native awareness to the rest of the Stanford community.

Winter (Hoʻoilo)

College Opportunities Day - A day-long workshop in which we invite Polynesian high school students in the Bay Area onto campus. We host sessions to inform students about the college application and financial aid processes, as well as host a writing workshop, Q&A session, and fun Polynesian activities. This annual event is a major effort to empower Polynesian youth in the area to seek higher education opportunities.

Makahiki - The New Year festival of Native Hawaiians. A time of peace, prosperity and friendly competition. We celebrate this time by hosting a dinner with harvest foods, and playing games that have been played for generations.

It's Wet, It's Cold, and I Miss Home BBQ - Chicken hecka for the soul. A get together with a taste of home to warm our hearts and bellies.

Spring (Kupulau)

Merrie Monarch Screening - We host week-long screenings of Hawaiʻi's premiere hula competition. Because of the time difference, these are usually later at night. All are welcome as we eat local snacks and watch the competition together.

Stanford Lūʻau - We partner with Hawaiʻi Club to host our largest event of the year, the Stanford Lūʻau. The day's event includes song, dance, and food, and is a time for us to practice our culture and share it with the Stanford community. All are welcome! More information »

A Hui Hou, Time To Go BBQ - Our final get together of the year and a farewell celebration for our graduating seniors.