Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
Degrees and Certificates Offered: BA in Hawaiian; BA in liberal studies (concentration in Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Thai, or Vietnamese); Certificate in Hawaiian; Certificate in Indo-Pacific languages (Burmese, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Filipino, Tahitian, Thai, or Vietnamese)
The Academic Program
Hawaiian (HAW) and Indo-Pacific (IP) Languages and Literatures provides instruction in the languages of the Indo-Pacific area to a broad spectrum of students at the University. The department's coverage of these languages is unique in the United States: this is the only department in the country to offer a BA degree in Hawaiian language and the only one to offer every national language of Southeast Asia, as well as classical and modern Indian languages. Beyond language, the department offers courses in the literatures and cultures of the area, including literature in translation of Hawai'i, South and Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. Opportunities are available for study abroad in certain areas. The department at the Manoa campus provides an opportunity without parallel elsewhere in the country for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages and cultures of that part of the world that encompasses more than 25 percent of the Earth's population and an unusual diversity of peoples.
All the department's elementary- and intermediate-level language courses may be used to fulfill the Hawaiian or foreign language requirement for all bachelor's degrees on the Manoa campus. Students of Indo-Pacific languages and cultures can also enhance their opportunities to find a career in international relations; provide service to the community in such fields as social work, public health, nursing, medicine, and law; perform research on Asia and the Pacific; and develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding in Hawai'i's multicultural environment.
Language offerings include Burmese, Cambodian (Khmer), Hawaiian, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Pali, Prakrit, Samoan, Sanskrit, Filipino, Tahitian, Thai, Classical Tibetan, and Vietnamese. For additional languages and topics, see Indo-Pacific languages (IP) courses listed at the back of the Catalog.
BA Degree in Hawaiian
In collaboration with the College of Education, the Hawaiian Language Division administers this minor in Hawaiian (immersion education) to prepare secondary subject area teachers for the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program in the Department of Education. Acceptance into the minor follows:
On recommendation of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, the University confers certification of achievement in Burmese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the certificate is required.
Honors and Awards
Lokomaika'iokalani Snakenberg Hawaiian Language Graduate Scholarship
Offered to encourage graduate-level research and study for students specializing in Hawaiian language and related fields, this scholarship provides an award of up to $5,000 per semester to students registered in graduate programs at the University.
Dorothy M. Kahananui Scholarship in Hawaiian Language
This scholarship is offered to students who have successfully completed at least the intermediate level of Hawaiian language, with preference given to doctoral or master's degree candidates who plan to teach the language. The minimum amount of the award is resident tuition at UH Manoa.
Red Mandarin and Lady Yi-suen Shen Scholarship in Hawaiian Studies
Offered to undergraduate students in Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, this scholarship covers tuition for the academic year. It is awarded to a degree candidate who demonstrates exceptional promise and achievement. Applicants must be pursuing a program of study that shows a central commitment to Hawaiian studies, including Hawaiian language.