2019 Narrm Oration: The Fabric of Hawaiian Medium Education: A Perspective for Indigenous Language Revitalisation
Free Public Lecture
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
When a language is at the juncture of extinction, using it as the language of formal education would appear to be a mission impossible. Thirty-six years after a handful of people in Hawaiʻi decided to face this dire situation head on and use Hawaiian as the medium of pre-school education – with no money, no site, no curriculum and no 'qualified' teachers – Hawaiʻi is now experiencing a reawakening of new generations of highly fluent second and first language Hawaiian speakers.
In the 2019 Narrm Oration, Dr Larry L Kimura will impart a progression of the 36 years (1983–2019) of overcoming obstacles to advance the life of the Hawaiian language and cultural wellbeing.
Dr Larry L Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language
Dr Larry L Kimura
Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language
University of Hawaii Hilo
Dr Larry L Kimura is Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii Hilo. He is chairperson of the Hawaiian Lexicon (new Hawaiian words) Committee for the Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center of the College focusing on Hawaiian curriculum development and teacher licensing for Hawaiʻi’s Department of Education K–12 Hawaiian Immersion / Medium Programs. Dr Kimura is CoPrincipal Investigator for a National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitise and archive spoken native Hawaiian speech documentation. He has been recording Hawaiʻi’s last native Hawaiian speakers since 1966 and most significantly through his hosting of the Ka Leo Hawaiʻi radio program of some 525 hours of first language Hawaiian speakers for 16 years, from 1972–1988. Dr Kimura is the first President and CoFounder of Hawaiʻi’s first Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language immersion preschools.