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ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.


ASU’s engagement in Hawai‘i is motivated by our commitments to Indigenous Knowledges, Communities, Education, and Oceans/Sustainability.

There is deep knowledge to be found in the ways that Indigenous peoples have leveraged their relationships with place. This is echoed by ASU’s first design aspiration: Leverage Our Place. Inherent in this aspiration is an understanding that a healthy relationship between peoples and places is critical.

In Hawai‘i, we honor the commitments local and indigenous peoples have to place, and the knowledges they carry with them. ASU is working to amplify and learn from Indigenous Knowledges in Hawai‘i in areas such as food, navigation, education, the future of a healthy planet, and the environment.

ASU’s work is embedded in and driven by our relationships with Hawaiian communities. In line with our charter, we aim to serve these communities however we can. We are working with them to build solutions to the challenges that they identify, to strengthen and deepen their capacity, and to assist these communities as they build futures of their own making.

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Exploration is a fundamental act of courage to do things that no one else has done. Exploration is about seeking new relationships and testing ourselves and institutions to be better. In this way, PVS and ASU are both explorers. For five years, ASU and PVS have worked together to address climate change and environmental health. PVS and ASU are united by common missions and commitment to sustainability, education, and communities. Likewise, both organizations understand that it is their kuleana to be responsible for addressing the wellbeing of Earth and humanity.

ASU fully supports PVS’s vision and brings the capacity and scale of the nation’s largest research university.