On May 12th, 2017, Bob Blust, professor in the UHM Department of Linguistics, was awarded the Linguistics Lifetime Achievement in Research Award for his contributions to our understanding of human language, and the Austronesian language family in particular. The Vice Chancellor for Research of UH Manoa, Dr. Michael Bruno, presented Professor Blust with the award, noting the incredible quality and quantity of Professor Blust’s scholarship. His contributions to our understanding of the Austronesian language are particularly noteworthy. The Austronesian language family includes languages such as Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Tagalog and Ilocano – languages of immense importance to the people of Hawaii.
Source: A Department of Linguistics news story