UH Hilo presents first 2 Hawaiian, Indigenous language doctoral degrees

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo will present two doctorates in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization at Saturday's fall commencement.

UH Hilo will honor Katarina Edmonds, a Maori teacher from New Zealand, along with Kauanoe Kamana, the first of Native Hawaiian ancestry to receive the degree.

"The PhD is our highest academic honor and investing these two students with doctoral degrees is highly significant," UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney said. "And as the first doctorate presented by the College of Hawaiian Language to a Native Hawaiian student, this event marks a major milestone in the history of UH Hilo and the island of Hawaii."

The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the New Gym.

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