College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature
Spalding 255
2540 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8672
(808) 956-7452
Fax: (808) 956-5978


S. D. O’Harrow/Doceo (Chair)—Vietnamese language, philology and civilization, Sino-Vietnamese
A. S. Agcaoili, PhD—Philippine literature and culture, creative writing: poetry, fiction, drama, Ilokano language and literature, philosophy of language, literary relations, literatures of exile and diaspora
P. C. Arboleda, PhD—Philippine literature, creative writing, Ifiallig orature and Philippine folklore, gender studies, literary theory, and Southeast Asian traditional culture
S. Bhatawadekar, PhD—Hindi, Urdu language, foreign and heritage language teaching, pedagogy, curriculum and material development and program building; South Asian cinema and culture; film adaptation of literature, Hindi and Buddhist religious philosophies and their reception in the West; German-Indian comparative philosophy
E. I. Danielson, MEd—language learning and teaching in Samoan, pedagogy, traditional literature, oral traditions and culture
D. A. Domingo, MEd—Ilokano language learning and teaching; language and multimedia
I. Gasmen, MA—Filipino (Tagalog) language learning and teaching; language and multimedia; educational communication, distance education
Y. Hoonchamlong, PhD—Thai linguistics, language learning and teaching, information technology in language research and language learning
J. R. Knutson, PhD—Sanskrit and Bengali, Sanskrit literature and literary theory, ancient and early medieval history and literary history of South Asia, Early Middle Bengali poetry, comparative premodern poetry and poetics
U. Kozok, PhD—Indonesian language and literature, prehistory and paleography of Island Southeast Asia, Sumatran philology
F. Lesa, PhD—language learning and teaching, Samoan
J. F. Mayer, PhD—language learning and teaching, language in society, Samoan
L. C. Pagkalinawan, PhD—Filipino (Tagalog) language learning and teaching, Filipino linguistics; Philippine literature, creative writing, sociolinguistics
J. E. Parba, PhD—second language pedagogy; critical language teaching/critical pedagogy; Filipino as a heritage/second language; Philippine literature in English; Philippine pop culture; Filipinos in the diaspora; language ideologies; language policy; bi-/multilingualism; teacher identities
C. Sak-Humphry, PhD—Khmer language, linguistics and literature; development of Khmer language teaching materials, linguistics research on Old Khmer inscriptions (Pre-Angkor to Angkor period)
M. F. Simanu-Klutz, PhD—Samoan language learning and teaching, pedagogy, traditional literature and forms of entertainment, intersections of oral traditions and cultural history, creative writing

Degrees and Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Indo-Pacific languages (Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Khmer, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, or Vietnamese); BA in Philippine Language and Literature; BA in interdisciplinary studies (concentration in Hindi, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Thai, or Vietnamese); minor in Filipino and Ilokano Language and Culture

The Academic Program

Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL) provides instruction in the languages of the Indo-Pacific area to a broad spectrum of students at UH Manoa. The department’s coverage of these languages is unique in the U.S.: This department is the only one to offer programs of study in four Polynesian languages, most of the national languages of Southeast Asia, as well as classical and modern Indian languages as well as Arabic and Urdu. Beyond language, the department offers courses in the literatures and cultures of the area, including literature in translation of South and Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and the Philippines. Opportunities are available for study abroad in certain areas. The department at UH Manoa provides an opportunity without parallel elsewhere in the country for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages and cultures of that part of the world that encompasses more than 25 percent of the Earth’s population and an unusual diversity of peoples.

All the department’s elementary- and intermediate-level language courses may be used to fulfill the Hawaiian or second language requirement for all bachelor’s degrees at UH Manoa. Students of Indo-Pacific languages and cultures can also enhance their opportunities to find a career in international relations; provide service to the community in such fields as social work, public health, nursing, medicine, and law; perform research on Asia and the Pacific; and develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding in Hawai‘i’s multicultural environment.

Language offerings include Arabic, Cambodian (Khmer), Chamorro, Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Maori, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, and Vietnamese. For additional languages and topics, see Indo-Pacific languages (IP) courses listed at the back of the Catalog.

Undergraduate Study


On recommendation of the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, UH Manoa confers certification of achievement in Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Khmer, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese.


15 credit hours beyond the intermediate level in the language of choice, including:

  • 6 credit hours in continuing language study
  • 9 credit hours in language, literature, or structure courses selected to complement the major field of study

A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the certificate is required.

BA in Philippine Language and Literature (with concentration in Filipino or Ilokano)

The program has the following objectives: prepare students for future careers in community service and education; prepare students for advanced research and/or graduate studies in various fields in the humanities and social sciences; and ultimately, serve students of Filipino ancestry by providing them with a better understanding of Philippine culture and proficiency in a Philippine language.

To view the Bachelor Degree Program Sheets with Filipino and Ilokano concentrations, go to programsheets/.


A minimum of 30 credit hours, made up of 24 credits in required language and literature courses in Filipino or Ilokano.

  • 15 credits language skill courses: 301, 302, 401, 402, 451
  • and 15 credits upper division electives on language, literature, and culture

Minor in Filipino

Students completing the program would have both oral and written competence in Filipino as well as cultural content sufficient for use in professional careers, graduate work or research, and field work.


A minimum of 15 credit hours from five non-introductory courses in Filipino and Philippine culture is required.

  • at least 9 credits culture and literature courses
  • 6 credits language skill courses

Minor in Ilokano

Students completing the program would have both oral and written competence in Ilokano as well as cultural content sufficient for use in professional careers, graduate work or research, and field work.


A minimum of 15 credit hours from five non-introductory courses in Ilokano language and culture is required.

  • at least 9 credits culture and literature courses
  • 6 credits language skill courses

Honors and Awards

Samuel H. Elbert Graduate Scholarship

Offered to encourage graduate-level research and study for students specializing in Pacific Island language and related fields, this scholarship provides an award of up to $5,000 per semester to students registered in graduate programs at UH Manoa.

Amos P. and Edna Lee Leib Scholarship for Graduate Study of Literature of the Pacific

Offered to support graduate students pursuing the study of literature of the Pacific.

Ilokano BA Scholarship

The scholarship provides academic recognition to an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature with Concentration in Ilokano.

Jack Haven Ward Graduate Scholarship

Promoting the study of Tahitian (first priority) and any other language of French Polynesia or Balinese.