Ka Moʻolelo History

Hui o Hawaiʻi was born out of the need to focus on Native Hawaiian issues rather than Hawaiʻi as a multicultural and cosmopolitan State, the primary role of Hawaiʻi Club. With the creation of Hui o Hawaiʻi in 1996, a lasting community was established to attract Native Hawaiians to Stanford and help them to thrive. Native Hawaiian student enrollment has since increased and Hui has grown into an organization with ties that reach throughout the University, the San Franscisco Bay Area, and the Pacific. We strive to empower Hawaiians to learn about and share their culture, and work to bring awareness and sensitivity to cultural issues affecting Hawaiians, and other Native groups, on campus and beyond.

Hui has grown into a strong and sustained organization thanks in large part to the efforts of the last few graduating classes and the staff at the Native American Cultural Center. Denni Woodward, Karen Biestman, and Greg Graves have helped Native Hawaiians to find their niche on campus by aligning Pacific Islanders with the Native community, where others are confronting the same social problems rooted in colonization and a lack of sovereignty. They aided in the community building efforts of the last few graduating classes to help Hui to expand its role in the University community, as well as build a solid network among students, faculty, members of the greater Bay community, and friends throughout the Pacific. We welcome anyone who wants to join our ʻohana to do so.

While the group was originally founded as Hui o Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian student organization, we have recently begun to shift our mission to include all Polynesian cultures and not just Hawaiian culture. During this shift we renamed ourselves simply as Hui. A word common to many Polynesian languages referring to a group of people, "hui" reflects our common bond as people of Polynesia.