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Hawaiian Studies established under Liberal Studies

Sept.  15, 1977
Initial proposal for a Hawaiian Studies Program at UH-Mānoa was submitted to establish an Academic Support Unit- The Hawaiian Studies Program at Mānoa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies.

October 12, 1979
Provisional Hawaiian Studies Program approved by the Board of Regents

November 15, 1985
Hawaiian Studies Program granted continuing status as a permanent program by the Board of Regents

December 1986
Ka’u Report: University of Hawai’i Hawaiian Studies Task Force Report. A report submitted to the University of Hawai’i on matters related to Hawaiian Studies in the University of Hawai’i system.

July 24, 1987
Establishment of the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies by the Board of Regents.  This board action also established a Center for Hawaiian Studies that incorporated the Hawaiian Studies Program from the School of Social Sciences.

May 14, 1991
Hawaiian Studies 107: Hawai’i: Center of the Pacific, in the Mānoa core as one of the options in Group II (History and Culture) of the Arts and Humanities section of the core approved by the University of Hawai’i’s Mānoa Core Committee.

July 1991
Legislature appropriated construction funding for the Center for Hawaiian Studies building.

June 1996
Building completed – cost of $7.5 million. The new 5-acre garden/building complex includes offices, classrooms, an open air auditorium, a resource center and student services wing.

July 1996

Faculty and staff move into new building.

January 18, 1997
Official opening of the Center for Hawaiian Studies building.

October 10, 2001
The BOR approved the renaming of the Center for Hawaiian Studies’ building to Kamakakūokalani – The Gladys K. ’Ainoa Brandt Center for Hawaiian Studies.

February 28, 2002
Dedication of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies building in the name of Gladys Kamakakuokalani ‘Ainoa Brandt.

April 21, 2005
Board of Regents approved an MA in Hawaiian Studies and an MA in Hawaiian Language.

May 16, 2007
Board of Regents approved the new school of Hawai’inuiākea: School of Hawaiian Knowledge made up of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language and Ka Papa Lo’i o Kānewai Cultural Garden

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