Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language
Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language
*K. R. K. Oliveira, PhD (Interim Director)–innovative instruction
of Hawaiian language through various cultural activities, Hawaiian place
names and land tenure
Degrees and Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Hawaiian; BA in Hawaiian, MA in Hawaiian
The Academic Program
Kawaihuelani (HAW) Center for Hawaiian Language offers bachelor and master’s degrees in Hawaiian and an undergraduate certificate. The center conducts research in relevant fields of study and offers four years of language study as well as courses on immersion education, curriculum development, and topics of relevant Hawaiian cultural content. In partnership with the College of Education (COE), Kawaihuelani trains teachers for Hawaiian immersion schools, public schools with Hawaiian language courses, Hawaiian charter schools, and the UH Manoa program. The faculty and staff of Kawaihuelani create and implement projects and programs that promote Hawaiian language, culture, history, and traditions such as: Ka Halau Hanakeaka, Ho‘okulaiwi, Institute for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education, Ho‘olaupa‘i: Hawaiian Newspapers Resources, Kauakukalahale, Kaulakahi Aloha, Ke Aolama, Ku‘i ka Lono, Mary Kawena Pukui Hale, Ka Waihona a ke Aloha, Ola Na Iwi, and Kamaikahuliwa‘a.
BA Degree in Hawaiian
Students admitted to the BA program prior to 2007 should consult an advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.
In collaboration with the College of Education, Kawaihuelani 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:
A total of 27–36 credits will be required with a minimal GPA requirement of 2.75 in the minor courses: 15–18 from the College of Education and 12–18 from Hawaiian Language.
On recommendation of the Center for Hawaiian Language, the University confers certification of achievement in Hawaiian language.
The graduate program in Hawaiian is designed to provide broad, in-depth education in the Hawaiian language, culture, and literature and is an integral part of the efforts to revitalize Hawaiian as a living language. The program is designed to create scholarship in Hawaiian in new domains, including advanced study of literature; to strengthen and expand the understanding and use of various styles of Hawaiian; to develop curriculum and resources and teacher training for the Kula Kaiapuni (Hawaiian medium schools); and to provide support to graduate students in related fields. The MA in Hawaiian is intended for students who have a broad background in Hawaiian language and culture, but want more depth in their knowledge. The three areas of the curriculum that are available are:
All potential graduate students must submit an application to the Graduate Division. Applicants to the MA in Hawaiian must have completed a bachelor’s degree and submitted the following to the graduate chair prior to admission: transcripts from each school attended; 18 upper-division credit hours in Hawaiian and HAW 402, or equivalent; a statement of objectives written in Hawaiian; and three letters of recommendation.
In addition, a written and oral examination in Hawaiian will be administered by the graduate chair, and an interview will be conducted by an admissions committee of Hawaiian language faculty.
Students must complete 33 credits, including the core requirements and must include at least 24 credits at the 600 level or higher. The required courses are HAW 601 Kakau Mo‘olelo (Narrative Writing), HAW 602 Kaka‘olelo Oratory (Hawaiian Speech Styles), HAW 612 Na Mana‘o Politika Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Political Thought) and HAW 615 Kuana‘ike (World View). With pre-approval from the graduate advisor, a student may include a limit of 9 credits not taught in Hawaiian. Thesis (Plan A) and Portfolio (Plan B) options are offered. The required course for Plan A is HAW 700 which can be taken for up to 6 credits. A student must write a thesis in Hawaiian on a topic approved by the student’s advisor. For Plan B a student will enroll in HAW 695 for up to 6 credits. This capstone course is the culminating experience where the student will display the knowledge s/he has researched into a form of his/her choice with the approval of the advisor. Students may also choose the internship/haumana relationship with a manaleo (native speaker), kupuna (elder), or other cultural practitioner where the student will observe, learn, participate and document the experience.
For more information on the MA in Hawaiian, contact the graduate chair through the departmental office.
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 UH Manoa.
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 UH 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.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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