UH Hilo Indigenous educator Makalapua Alencastre receives lifetime achievement award from national association

Associate Professor Makalapua was recognized by the National Indian Education Association for her 40 years of working on the reestablishment of Hawaiian as the primary language of the family and education. Her professional and research interests include Indigenous immersion education-program planning and evaluation, teacher education, and educational reform

Only at UH Hilo: How a budding environmental scientist is adding global language revitalization and documentary filmmaking to her toolbox  

In 2018, a group of performing arts students at UH Hilo performed children’s tales for local schoolchildren, all in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language). Inspired by this and other language revitalization efforts she witnessed in Sweden, an environmental science major is producing a documentary film on the global movement to revitalize indigenous languages.