University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

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








Associate Professor

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language


Katrina-Ann R. Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira was born on the island of Oʻahu and raised on the islands of Maui and Oʻahu. She graduated from the Kamehameha Schools in 1992. She then attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies as well as a Masterʻs degree and a PhD in Geography. She is currently the Director of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language and also serves as an Associate Professor in the department. She earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research includes Kanaka geographies, epistemologies, language acquisition methodologies, and place-based experiential learning curriculum development.

Research interests

My current research projects include a book project about Kanaka senses of place entitled, “Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies.” I am in the process of finalizing several articles on Kanaka methodologies, relationships to ʻāina, and efforts to revitalize our ʻōlelo makuahine (mother tongue).

Community engagement

My current community engagement efforts primarily target the Maui community. I am working in partnership with Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and the University of Hawaiʻi at Maui College to develop place-based curricula for use by the Maui community, particularly the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi speaking community.

Overview of courses

  • HAW 301 Third-level Hawaiian (3) Continuation of 202. Conducted in Hawaiian. Advanced conversation and reading. Pre: 202 or exam, or consent.
  • HAW 302 Third-level Hawaiian (3) Continuation of 301. Pre: 301 or exam, or consent.
  • HAW 321 Hawaiian Conversation (3) Systematic practice on various topics for control of spoken Hawaiian. Repeatable up to six credit hours. Pre: 202 or consent.
  • HAW 373 Ka Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi (3) A survey course on the study of traditional Hawaiian culture including origins, the socioeconomic system, land tenure
  • HAW 401 Fourth-level Hawaiian (3) Advanced reading, writing, and discussion in Hawaiian. Transcribing and translating Hawaiian language tapes. Translating English into Hawaiian, and Hawaiian into English. Pre: 302 or exam, and consent.
  • HAW 402 Fourth-level Hawaiian (3) Continuation of 401. Pre: 401 or exam, or consent.
  • HAW 429 Ka Hōʻike Honua (3) Study of Hawaiian land tenure practices through readings and discussions of audiotapes, written primary sources, maps, wind names, rain names, ʻōlelo noʻeau (wise sayings), and mele (poetry). Readings are drawn from 19th and 20th century Hawaiian newspapers and other primary sources. Pre: 302 (or concurrent) or consent.
  • HAW 430 Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (3) Study of traditional Hawaiian language and cultural practices through hands-on applications and lectures. Pre: 302 (or concurrent) or consent.
  • HAW 604 Haku Palapala Noi Laeoʻo/Writing a Hawaiian Masterʻs Proposal (3) Seminar to select and develop studentsʻ research topic, proposal, and organizational plan for Plan A or B completion. A-F only. Pre: 601 or consent. (Once a year)
  • HAW 605 Ka Hana Noiʻi (Research Methods) (3) Research methodology course utilizing active research in the major repositories of Hawaiian language materials and Hawaiian-related knowledge. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing and acceptance in the Hawaiian MA program, or consent. (Once a year)
  • HAW 625 Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi (3) Intensive study, research, and analysis of Hawaiian history. Repeatable two times with consent of advisor. Pre: 402 or consent.


Click here to view Katrina Ann Kapā Oliveira’s Curriculum Vitae: Oliveira CV 2015