Hawai‘inuiākea is Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kānewai Cultural Garden, and Native Hawaiian Student Services. Established in 2007, Hawai‘inuiākea is the newest college on the Mānoa campus and the only indigenous college in a Research I ranked institution.

The mission of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge is to pursue, perpetuate, research, and revitalize all areas and forms of Hawaiian knowledge.

Lā‘au Kū Kahi


Lā‘au Kū Kahi


Kahikina De Silva


Kahikina is a kupa of Ka‘ōhao, a practicing kumu hula, and an Instructor of Hawaiian language under Kawaihuelani, where she focuses her teaching on comprehension of and creativity in various forms of Hawaiian composition and performance. Her projects at the University include editing and publishing a Hawaiian language newsletter, Ka Ulu Hoi; consultation for the KTUH Hawaiian language radio program Kīpuka Leo, and a continued effort to connect Kawaihuelani’s students with other Hawaiian language speakers in our community. She earned her undergraduate degree in Hawaiian language and her Master’s degree in English, with a focus on Asia Pacific Literature, both from UH Mānoa. Kahikina is a PhD candidate in the Indigenous Politics program at UH Mānoa, researching the theorization of mele in the politics of struggle.