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Piʻilani Kaʻaloa GRADUATE CHAIRKAMA 208A808-956-0588rochelle@hawaii.edu
Malia AkutagawaKAMA 103DD808-956-0559maliaaku@hawaii.edu
Maile AndradeKAMA 108808-956-0585andrade@hawaii.edu
Keoki BaclayonKAMA 209C808-956-0634baclayon@hawaii.edu
Leilani BashamKAMA 209B808-956-0592jbasham@hawaii.edu
Kamana BeamerKAMA 209D808-956-0635beamer@hawaii.edu
April DrexelKAMA 108/209B808-956-0542drexel@hawaii.edu
Konia Freitas KAMA 209AC956-0591antoinet@hawaii.edu
Manu KaʻiamaKAMA 103A808-956-7300ckaiama@hawaii.edu
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Kamaoli KuwadaKAMA 209CC808-956-6033kuwada@hawaii.edu
Keahiahi LongKAMA 208C808-956-0589keahiahi@hawaii.edu
Makanani LopesKAMA 103A808-956-0554nmparker@hawaii.edu
Mehana MakainaiKAMA 103A808-956-0553ekaiama@hawaii.edu
Kawelo MalamaKAMA 209A808-956-0590kpmalama@hawaii.edu
Lehua NishimuraKAMA 211E808-956-0642lehua.nishimura@hawaii.edu
Kekailoa PerryKAMA 209DD808-956-0636wperry@hawaii.edu
Noelani PuniwaiKAMA 209BB808-956-0597npuniwai@hawaii.edu
Tino RamirezKAMA 101AA808-956-0548ramirezv@hawaii.edu
Keola RyanKAMA 103A808-956-0553nryan@hawaii.edu
Pua SantosKAMA 101AB808-956-0550epsantos@hawaii.edu
Ardi VesnefskiKAMA 209808-956-0555ardi@hawaii.edu
Michelle WrightKAMA 209808-956-0555mwright8@hawaii.edu

E ho‘oulu ka ‘imi ‘ike, me ka na‘auao i ke ea o nā Kūpuna.  Kū i ka moku!

The Center for Hawaiian Studies inspires academic excellence, cultural integrity and political strength rooted in the Ea of our ancestors.

—Kamakakūokalani Vision Statement, 2000

Kamakakūokalani, meaning upright eye of heaven, serves as a metaphor for the Hawaiian Studies program’s higher mission of seeking truth and knowledge. The Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (KCHS) was named for Gladys Kamakakūokalani ‘Ainoa Brandt in 1997, a prominent Native Hawaiian educator who believed it was through education that the Hawaiian people will become more effective agents in carrying out traditional ancestral practices, customs and in transforming, shaping, and contributing to the world. Her work, integrity, and passionate devotion to education continue to inspire and guide Kamakakūokalani today.

Kamakakūokalani, its faculty, classes, and program, represents Hawaiian perspectives and knowledge within the larger academy. Thus, most courses are distinctive and taught nowhere else in the world as originality is a hallmark of the curriculum.

Kamakakūokalani offers bachelors and masters of art degrees in five areas of concentration. The M.A. and B.A. programs have the same 5 areas of concentration so students can seamlessly move from one program to the other.

Hālau O Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression

Kūkulu Aupuni: Envisioning the Nation

Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Hawai‘inuiākea and Indigenous Studies.

Mālama ‘Āina: Hawaiian Perspectives on Resource Management

Mo‘olelo ‘Ōiwi: Native History and Literature

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