Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani - Graduate Programs

Scott Saft, PhD

Professor, Linguistics and Graduate Courses; Program Coordinator: Linguistics Program, Graduate Program, PhD Program

(808) 932-7221


(808) 932-7651

Portable Building 17, room 5

(808) 932-7730


(808) 932-7409

Haleʻōlelo, room 132

The Graduate Program is tied to the reestablishment of Hawaiian as the medium of education in preschools (1984) and in K-12 education (1986) and offers A Master of Arts degrees, two associated Graduate Certificates, and a Doctoral degree. Listed below are the graduate programs offered at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani.

Kahuawaiola: Indigenous Teacher Preparation Program

The Graduate Certificate in Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education (Kahuawaiola) prepares teacher candidates for professional licensure as mauli ola educators who focus on mauli ola Hawaiian language medium contexts. This program also prepares students for other Hawaiian language and culture educational settings. An option is available for Indigenous languages other than Hawaiian contingent upon demand and resources.

MA: Indigenous Language and Culture Education

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Language and Culture Education further prepares mauli ola educators as applied researchers who advance the development of Hawaiian and Indigenous culture-based education through three distinct emphasis:

  • Indigenous Medium Education
  • Hawaiian Language and Literature
  • Indigenous and Minority Language Revitalization

Ph.D: Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization

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.