Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center
Division Chair: April Alohalani Housman, M.Ed.
In addition to the Academic Program Division of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani and its P-12 laboratory school program, the College includes the Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center that supports and encourages the expansion of the Hawaiian language as a medium of communication in education, business, government and other contexts of social life in the public and private sectors of Hawaiʻi and beyond. The Hale Kuamoʻo was established by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1989. Through federal, state, and private funding, the college through the Hale Kuamoʻo has been able to develop an extensive P-20 education system recognized as the U.S. model in indigenous language and culture revitalization.
Toward this end, the Center focuses on the following areas:
- Development of instructional materials for use in the state’s Hawaiian medium schools;
- Research of the Hawaiian language;
- Creation of new vocabulary, dictionaries, and grammatical terminology;
- Production and distribution of literature for radio, newspaper, television, computer technology, telecommunications, and other related arts and media;
- Teacher in-service;
- Development of K-12 Hawaiian medium laboratory schools;
- Outreach to other nations and people interested in language & culture revitalization;
- Connection of local and global communities through internet-based services such as the Kualono and Ulukau Hawaiian Digital Library.