UH West Oʻahu to offer Ilokano course this fall

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604
Public Info Officer, University of Hawaii - West Oahu
Posted: Jun 23, 2015

KAPOLEI --- This fall, the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu will offer a new Ilokano 101 course. This introductory course increases reading comprehension and develops linguistic skills in Ilokano as well as promotes the appreciation and awareness of Filipino culture. Interested students from other University of Hawai‘i campuses are welcome to take Ilokano 101 that will be offered at the UH West Oʻahu campus.

“We are excited to be able to offer our first Ilokano language class, which will provide many of our students an opportunity to deepen their connections to their family heritage and ethnic homeland,” said UH West Oʻahu Humanities Division Chair and Associate Professor of History Dr. Alan Rosenfeld. “In addition to UH West O‘ahu's current offerings of language classes in Hawaiian and Samoan, this Ilokano class demonstrates our desire to serve the interests of the greater Leeward O‘ahu community and create a more welcoming campus environment. Ad-adu a sao, ad-adu nga ammo (More languages, more knowledge).”

UH West Oʻahu has the highest population of Filipino students of all the four-year UH campuses with more than 20% of the student body identifying as Filipino. UH West Oʻahu is one of just three University of Hawaiʻi campuses that currently offer Ilokano language courses. Ilokano 101 will be taught Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at UH West Oʻahu beginning this fall.

To apply to UH West Oʻahu, visit uhwo.hawaii.edu/admissions, call (808) 689-2900 or email uhwo.admissions@hawaii.edu. The fall 2015 application deadline is July 1.

About UH West Oʻahu

Established in 1976, the University of Hawaiʻi - West O‘ahu offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention with academic programs that emphasize the exploration of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. UH West O‘ahu serves approximately 2,700 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit www.uhwo.hawaii.edu, call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.