Language experts convene for Hoolaulea of Knowledges

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Friday, February 23, world-renowned experts in indigenous language and knowledge will convene at UH Manoa's Andrews Amphitheater for an evening of Hawaiian language, knowledge, mele and hula.

In honor of Mahina 'Olelo Hawai'i, Hawaiian Language Month, A Ho?olaule?a of Knowledges will bring together Sir Timoti Karetu, a preeminent scholar of language and cultural revitalization for his native Maori, with a panel of remarkable Pacific Island scholars. Sir Timoti's inspirational keynote address will provide the framework on how we position and value our unique culture and resources, and the panelists will connect his vision to communities in Hawai'i.

The expert panel includes: Papali?i Tusi Avegalio, director of the UH Manoa Pacific Business Center Program, Kaliko Baker, assistant professor with the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Kalehua Krug, educational specialist with the Hawai?i State Department of Education, and Kalei Nu?uhiwa, Papaku Makawalu researcher with the Edith Kanaka?ole Foundation.

Following the panel discussion, award-winning musicians Robert Cazimero and halau hula Na Kamalei, Aaron Sala, Snowbird Bento and Kupaoa will present new mele together with classic favorites. As they perform, the artists will share the meaning and stories behind these pieces.

The event also marks the launch of Hawai'i Sea Grant's Center of Excellence for Integrated Science, Knowledge and Culture. This partnership closely links Hawai'i Sea Grant with many other schools and departments throughout the university, including the Institute for Hawaiian Language Research and Translation, to learn from, utilize and perpetuate cultural knowledge and heritage to better inform current scientific research.

The event is free and open to the public, and tickets can be downloaded through Food vendors will be available.

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