Associate Professor, Hawaiian Language and Graduate Courses; Academics Division Chair
The academic division of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language emphasizes language acquisition, linguistics, traditional culture, and education in a Hawaiian or other indigenous language medium environment. Below are the undergraduate and graduate degrees offered by the college.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language, examining it both as an abstract system and in its psychological and sociocultural contexts. Linguistics focuses on how the human mind structures, processes, and acquires language and on how language is an integral part of the cultural patterns of human interaction.
Kahuawaiola prepares mauli ola Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian identity-nurturing) teachers of the highest quality who are grounded in Hawaiian language and culture to serve in Hawaiian language medium schools, in Hawaiian language and culture programs in English medium schools, and in schools serving students with a strong Hawaiian cultural background.
The program prepares scholars to carry out research to enhance our knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture in order to ensure their preservation and revitalization. The program draws upon the tremendous wealth of Hawaiian literary resources from the 19th and 20th centuries and examines the contemporary use of Hawaiian language and culture.
- Indigenous Education
- Hawaiian Language and Literature
- Indigenous and Minority Language
The Ph.D. in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization engages candidates in rigorous research in linguistics, language planning, culture, and education that enhances leadership capacity to strengthen language and cultural vibrancy within their communities.