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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.

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