The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents approved in concept establishment of an integrated program at UH-Hilo for a doctorate in Hawaiian and indigenous language and culture revitalization; a certificate in indigenous language and culture revitalization; and a Master of Arts in indigenous language and culture education. While the “in concept” portion of the resolution that passed was not the complete approval to proceed with implementation that we had hoped for, it was a victory and a big step forward.
This makes my own Ph.d. search much more interesting. Staying at home and pursuing this Ph.d. would be much more inexpensive than travelling to Sheffield, and more closely aligned with my own work. However, I already have a BA and MA from UH-Hilo, and see the value of pursuing a Ph.d. abroad.
I should also congratulate Dr. David McClain on his appointment as Interim President of the University of Hawai’i. He’s a good man who has done a tremendous job in a very short period of time. I can see him getting the “interim” tag removed if he chooses to pursue a permanent appointment at the end of his two-year term.