University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

2540 Maile Way Honolulu, HI 96822 Fax (808) 956-4599

Office

SPALD 252

Contact

Email

silvak@hawaii.edu

Phone

808-956-3553

KAHIKINA DE SILVA

Instructor

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

About

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. She is commencing research and theorization of mele in the politics of struggle, and seeking a doctorate in the Indigenous Politics program at UH Mānoa.