Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language
Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language
*K. R. K. Oliveira, PhD (Director)—innovative instruction of Hawaiian language through various cultural activities, Hawaiian place names and land tenure
*M. R. Nogelmeier, PhD (Graduate Chair)—innovative instruction of Hawaiian language and literature, translation, poetry, composition, creative writing
C. Baker, MA—Hawaiian grammar, construction of Hawaiian identity through language, Hawaiian language theatre, linguistic anthropology
K. de Silva, MA—Hawaiian language and literature, revitalization of language and identity through mass media
R. Koga, MA—Hawaiian and English language and literature, language teaching and learning
*R. Lopes Jr., PhD—innovative instruction of Hawaiian language through cultural means such as hula and music
K. K. Lucas, MEd—Hawaiian language learning and instruction
*K. Makekau-Whittaker, PhD—Kanaka Maoli education during the Hawaiian Kingdom period, Hawaiian language immersion education, Hawaiian culture and ceremony in language learning
R. K. NeSmith, MA—language teaching and learning, communicative language teaching, incorporation of Hawaiian culture in language teaching
F. P. Nicholas—Hawaiian language and culture, native Hawaiian language speaker from Ni'ihau
M. L. K. Saffery, MEdT—place-based Hawaiian curriculum; development of culturally appropriate interdisciplinary Hawaiian language undergraduate and graduate curriculum
*R. Solis, PhD—Hawaiian language learning and instruction, Hawaiiian religion, newspaper translating and broadcasting
*S. L. Warner, PhD—Hawaiian language, Hawaiian language immersion education, evaluation, curriculum development and second-language acquisition, educational psychology
*A. K. Wong, PhD—Hawaiian language and culture, immersion education, curriculum development, native Hawaiian language speaker
*K. L. Wong, PhD—revitalization of Hawaiian language and people
M. K. Wong, MA—Hawaiian language and culture, Paniolo practices and lifestyle.
Degrees and Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Hawaiian, minor in Hawaiian, minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education, BA in Hawaiian, MA in Hawaiian
The Academic Program
Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language (HAW) offers an undergraduate certificate, a minor in Hawaiian, a minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education, and bachelor and master's degrees in Hawaiian. 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 Ho'okulaiwi: 'Aha Ho'ona'auao 'Oiwi (Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education), 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: 'Aha Ho'ona'auao 'Oiwi (Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education), Ho'olaupa'i: Hawaiian Newspapers Resources, Kauakukalahale, Kaulakahi Aloha, Ke Aolama, Mary Kawena Pukui Hale, Ka Waihona a ke Aloha, and Mauiakama.
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.
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
Kawaihuelani offers two undergraduate minors. One in Hawaiian and one in Hawaiian Immersion Education.
Minor in Hawaiian
The overall purpose of the minor in Hawaiian is to provide an undergraduate learning opportunity tailored to classified students who are interested in Hawaiian Language as a second discipline of specialization that will complement their major studies, support their future work in and for the Hawaiian community, and/or empower their growth and development as Native Hawaiians. Acceptance into the minor follows:
Minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education
In collaboration with Ho'okulaiwi: 'Aha Ho'ona'auao 'Oiwi (Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education) housed within the College of Education, Kawaihuelani administers a 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 minimum 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, UH Manoa 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: official 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.
For more information on the MA in Hawaiian, contact the graduate chair through the departmental office.
Credits for Previous Hawaiian Language Experience
Back Credits Policy & Procedures
Please refer to the Hawaiian and Second Language Policy on Back Credits available in the "General Education" section of the Catalog.
Definition: Back credits are credits received for previous language experience that do not qualify as transfer credits.
Eligibility: All students (including native speakers of a language and non-UH system students) with experience in Hawaiian language may be eligible to earn 3 to 16 back credits.
One Language: Back credits may be earned for ONLY ONE language and will be based on the first instance of taking a course for a letter grade in that language at UH Manoa. A repeated or backtrack course is NOT eligible for back credits.
Students who wish to earn back credits for Hawaiian language shall:
Transfer Credits Policy and Procedures
Please refer to the UH Manoa Policy for Transfer Credits. Access: manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/policies.html#credits.
Definition: Transfer credits are credits received for previous language courses completed at another institute of higher education that articulate with UH Manoa language courses. Transfer credits accepted for language courses completed at another institution of higher education are not eligible for back credits.
Eligibility: Majors and non-majors may request an evaluation of their Hawaiian language transfer credits, however, the request cannot be formally processed and approved until a student has been admitted to a program leading to a degree and has confirmed their intention to enroll.
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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