The Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center (LHRC) is part of the Kekaulike project, which is a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Native Hawaiian Student Services and the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Hawaiian Studies department. The Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center specifically aims to meet the following goals:
- Provide applied critical thinking dialogue for Native Hawaiian students around Hawaiʻi-focused issues,
- Prepare Native Hawaiian students for careers in research and applied thematic content areas like education, policy, health and governance
- Promote a Hawaiian place of learning through convening critial research opportunities
- Promote faculty and student scholarship
- Increase opportunities for Native Hawaiian students and faculty to present and publish their scholarship and research
These goals are aligned to several institutional objectives, namely outcomes from the University of Hawaiʻi System Hawaiʻi Papa o ke Ao and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Ke Au Hou Native Hawaiian Advancement reports:
- “Foster multidisciplinary (Hawaiian Studies) research” (Ke Au Hou, p. 19)
- “Collaborate with the Hawaiian community to develop and initiate research on problems important to the Hawaiian community” (Ke Au Hou, p. 19)
- “Establish a broad based research collaborative effort” (Ke Au Hou, p. 19)
- “Create opportunities for interactions…hosting at least one conference…each year” (Ke Au Hou, p. 36)
- “Innovative programming (curriculum) using Hawaiian language and culture” (Hawaiʻi Papa o Ke Ao, p. 10)
- “Provide resources for Native Hawaiian undergraduates to attend conference; provide research support, academic support” (Ke Au Hou, p. 30)
- “Create and publish a quarterly journal” (Ke Au Hou, p. 19)
The Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center Student Conference provides a venue for undergraduate and graduate students to present and ideate on their scholarship and research. The first conference was held in September 2017 with over 65 student presentations and over 300 attendees. The second annual conference was held on April 6 & 7, 2018 at the UH Mānoa campus.
Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center Student Conference 2018
The second annual Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center Student Conference was held on April 6 & 7, 2018 at UH Mānoa and brought together 65 presenters and almost 300 attendees over the two days. NHSS aims to bring together haumāna kanaka ʻōiwi, kumu, and the community to highlight and discuss some of the many exciting and relevant research projects that kanaka ʻōiwi have taken up in service of their lāhui.
NHSS Kekaulike is partnering with Mānoa Horizons for their upcoming Fall 2018 journal to feature Native Hawaiian undergraduate scholarship. For more information about submitting a piece for consideration in the journal, contact either Joy Enomoto or Nalani Balutski by mid-April 2018 for consideration.
For more information on the Lāhui Hawai‘i Research Center