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Davianna Pōmaika’i McGregor, professor emerita in UH Mānoa’s Department of Ethnic Studies, has been named one of five 2024 Living Treasures of Hawaiʻi. The statewide award recognized McGregor for her dedication to education, cultural preservation and shouldering efforts to stop the bombing of and facilitate healing of Kaho‘olawe.

“In honoring me, really it’s honoring my mentors, my colleagues at the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as my students and those who I have worked with in the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana and my own ‘ohana,” said McGregor. “Because whatever I’ve accomplished, it’s always been with a team of people.”

Living Treasures of Hawaiʻi was established in 1976 by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiʻi. It honors those unique to the islands who demonstrate excellence and high standards of achievement in their particular fields, and continue to make significant contributions toward enriching society.

Initially established to honor those involved in the perpetuation of the island’s distinctive cultural and artistic heritage, the recognition has since been expanded to include contributions by individuals in all areas of endeavor.

In addition to McGregor, the 2024 honorees include UH Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology Ricardo “Ric” Trimillos.

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Davianna Pōmaika’i McGregor
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