University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

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

Office

SPALD 253

Contact

Email

kalaniw@hawaii.edu

Phone

808-956-4321

KALANI MAKEKAU-WHITTAKER

Assistant Professor

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

About

Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker’s focus area of teaching is Hawaiian language immersion education, the history of Hawaiian language and public education in Hawaiʻi and language issues in Hawaiʻi. He received his PhD in Education in 2013. Dr. Makekau-Whittaker represents Kawaihuelani on ʻAha Kauleo, the statewide Papahana Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Language Immersion Program) advisory council. His research interests include Kanaka Maoli education with an emphasis on education during the Hawaiian Kingdom period, Hawaiian language immersion education, language acquisition in the Hawaiian immersion schools, and Hawaiian culture and ceremony in language learning.