University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas announced his intent to retire at the end of this calendar year, following a nearly 23-year career in key leadership roles with the University of Hawaiʻi.
Freitas was a pioneer in Native Hawaiian advancement in both higher education and professional sports. He was the first permanent Native Hawaiian chancellor at a four-year university when he took the reigns at UH West Oʻahu in May 2013. (Edwin Moʻokini served as an interim chancellor at UH Hilo in the 1970s.) He was also the first Native Hawaiian to make all-Pro in the National Football League, a feat he accomplished three times.