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Ku Kahakalau

Kū-A-Kanaka

Dr. Kū Kahakalau is a native Hawaiian educator, researcher, cultural practitioner, grassroots activist, Hawaiian language authority and songwriter.  A resident of Hawaiʻi Island, Dr. Kahakalau is the first person in the world to earn a Ph.D. in Indigenous Education. As a world-recognized scholar practitioner, Dr. Kahakalau has been on the forefront of revitalzing the Hawaiian language through culturally-driven, family-oriented, fun approaches that integrate the environment at a very high level. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Kahakalau has founded and administered multiple, innovative Hawaiian-focused programs grounded in her Pedagogy of Aloha, including a series of Hawaiian language and culture summer immersion programs, a Hawaiian Academy, Hawaiʻiʻs first culturally-driven, bi-lingual PK-12 charter school, an Indigenous teacher licensing program, as well as a successful social enterprise creating Hawaiian language products.  Her latest efforts center around developing Education with Aloha (EA) Ecoversity, a Hawaiian-focused post-secondary program that transitions Hawaiian youth to culturally-grounded, bi-lingual, happy, healthy, thriving adults, who understand their responsibilites as 21st century Hawaiians and global citizens.



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