The Puko'a Council is a University of Hawai'i systemwide organization comprising a membership of faculty/staff of Native Hawaiian programs, and Native Hawaiians who teach or work in other university programs and departments. Puko'a Council provides advice and information to the President of the University on issues related to Native Hawaiians, while working with the system and campus administration to position the University as one of the world's foremost indigenous-serving universities. It also promotes access and success of Native Hawaiian students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and works toward increasing representation of Native Hawaiians in all facets of the University.
The membership of each campus council elects two representatives to the Puko'a Executive Council, which meets every other month to approve motions and policies. The Community Colleges' council members meet regularly to discuss policies and practices that support access and success of Native Hawaiian students.