‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

We won, I hope.

Yesterday our faculty, staff, students, friends, family and supporters turned out to rally support for our underfunded, understaffed College of Hawaiian Language from the university system’s Board of Regents, and have them hold the university president to his promise of “full funding of historic Hawaiian studies requests.” Our demands – new permanent faculty and staff positions, a new building, and full funding of programs that have been run on grants for years, and now need stability. We got the commitment we sought, now all we need to is see if it actually materializes. Other coverage in the Hawai’i Tribune Herald and the Honolulu Advertiser.

My daughter Malia (12) and I provided testimony to the board. I gave mine in Hawaiian, and she translated for them (I don’t think anyone on the board can speak Hawaiian). She testified in Hawaiian, I translated. A United Nations moment.

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