Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language Undergraduate Programs

Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, Ph.D.
Haleʻōlelo, Room 233
200 W. Kāwili Street, Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720-4091

Email: keiki@hawaii.edu
Tel: (808) 932-7360

Website: www.olelo.hawaii.edu/khuok/


Associate Professors:

Assistant Professors:

Vision and Mission of the College

ʻO ka ʻōlelo ke kaʻāo ka mauli:
language is the fiber that binds us to our cultural identity.

UH Hilo's College of Hawaiian Language, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, was established in 1998 as the world's first college through the medium of Hawaiian. The College is named in honor of Ruth Keʻelikōlani Keanolani Kanāhoahoa, the 19th century high chiefess known for her strong advocacy of Hawaiian language and culture.

The mission of the college is first to seek the revitalization of the Hawaiian language and culture, endangered by the dominance of Western culture in the twentieth century, so that both language and culture once again become commonplace in both educational and non-educational contexts in Hawaiʻi. Secondly, the college seeks to aid other indigenous peoples who wish to revitalize their own endangered languages and cultures.

Academic Division

Division Chair:
William Pila Wilson, Ph.D.
Haleʻōlelo, Room 156
200 W. Kāwili Street, Hilo, HI  96720-4091

Email: wilsonwi@hawaii.edu
Tel: (808) 932-7234 or (808) 932-7360

Website: www.olelo.hawaii.edu/khuok/

The academic programs division of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language emphasizes Hawaiian language, traditional Hawaiian culture, indigenous language and culture revitalization, linguisitcs and education in a Hawaiian medium school environment. It also includes a P-12 laboratory school program.  The college currently oversees the following degree and certificate programs:

For information on the College's graduate programs, including the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program, please see the graduate section of this catalog.