My name is Joseph Keola Donaghy and live in Wailuku, Maui. I am an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, a prolific composer, performer, and producer of Hawaiian and contemporary music, and a member of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning group A‘ea‘e. I am a perpetual language student, having learned ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and achieved a high level of proficiency. I am also a student of both te reo Māori (Māori language) and 한국어 (the Korean language). Please check out the navigation bar for pages document my work in Hawaiian language revitalization and technology, academia, music, languages, and much more.

My first scholarly book, entitled “Mele on the Mauna: Perpetuating Genealogies of Hawaiian Musical Activism on Maunakea,” is scheduled to be published by Indiana University Press in 2024.

Hulihua: A Hawaiian language versions of a popular word game.

A‘ea‘e is a Contemporary Hawaiian Country Music group featuring myself, Tarvin Makia, Kenneth Makuakāne, Māpuana Makia. and Jeff Dayton. Check out our music below:

Institute of Hawaiian Music: I’m the faculty coordinator of this Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning Hawaiian music program at UH Maui College. If you love Hawaiian music, please check it out!

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