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No. 2018 – 18


WHEREAS, on February 16, 2018, Governor David Ige declared 2018 “Ke Au Hawaii: the Year of the Hawaiian” to honor the language, cultural traditions, status, and history, of the Hawaiian people; and

WHEREAS, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Hawai‘i State Constitution, Article X, Section 4, which promotes the study of Hawaiian culture, history and language, which paved the way for the establishment of Hawaiian Immersion programs; and

WHEREAS, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the formal apology from Congress and the president of the United States (President Clinton) to the Hawaiian people, for America’s role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893; and

WHEREAS, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Hawaiian Civic Club founded by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole; and

WHEREAS, 2018 also marks the 36th anniversary of Hawaiian Medium Higher Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo; and

WHEREAS, in 1982 the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo initiated a Hawaiian Studies program taught through the medium of Hawaiian with degrees in Hawaiian language and culture, and this was the first time that Hawaiian was used as a medium of government education since 1895; and

WHEREAS, in 1989, the Hale Kuamoʻo, the Hawaiian Language Center within Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikolani was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature for Hawaiian medium curriculum and teacher training, and now supports and encourage the expansion of Hawaiian language as a medium of communication in education, business, government, and other aspects of social life in the public and private sectors of Hawaiʻi and beyond; and

WHEREAS, in 1994, the first computer bulletin board system operating in the Hawaiian Language was established, named Leokī and Kualono, the website of the Hale Kuamo‘o, debuted as an innovative “dual-language” interface that could be read in either English or Hawaiian; and

WHEREAS, in 1997, the Hawaiian Studies Program became Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the first college in the United States administered and conducted entirely in an indigenous language; and

WHEREAS, in 1998, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College began its Masters in Hawaiian Language and Literature and Kahuawaiola Hawaiian Medium Teacher Certification Program both to be the first to be taught through a Native American Language; and

WHEREAS, in 2000, Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha, Ke Kula ʻO Samuel M. Kamakau, and Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaʻōpuʻu iki Hawaiian language medium programs were established as charter and laboratory schools of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani; and

WHEREAS, in 2002, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani offered the first online Hawaiian language classes via the internet to 14 students in seven different states; and

WHEREAS, in 2004, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approved UH-Hilo’s first doctoral program, Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani’s PhD in Indigenous Language and Cultural Revitalization; and

WHEREAS, in 2009, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani P-20 program, was awarded full accreditation by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC); and

WHEREAS, in 2009, Ka Haka ʻUla Teachers Preparation Program, Kahuawaiola, also received full accreditation recognition from the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standard’s State Accreditation Teacher Education team; and

WHEREAS, in 2010, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani awarded its first doctorate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization; and

WHEREAS, in 2013, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani received the National Indian Education 2013 William Demmert Cultural Freedom Award; and

WHEREAS, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani continues to expand its Hawaiian medium course offerings for Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu for sophomore, juniors, and senior for over 15 years; and

WHEREAS, in Fall 2018, Ka Haka ʻUla introduces its new Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education Certificate in support of the Hawaiian medium classrooms; and

WHEREAS, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani actively continues to develop its programs and courses in response to Hawaiian medium needs for at all levels of education and sectors of society.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 59th Annual Convention in Kalapaki, Kauaʻi, in the malama of Welehu and the rising of ʻOlepau, this 17th day of November 2018, congratulating Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, Hawaiian Language College on 36 years of Hawaiian Medium Higher Education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chancellor of Unversity of Hawaii at Hilo, Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa the Luna Hoʻokele of Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, and the Pelekikena of ʻAhahui Siwila ʻo Ke Aloha ʻĀina, as well as the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, President of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Chair of the State Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and all County Mayors.

The undersigned hereby certifies that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted in the malama of Welehu and the rising of ‘Olepau on the 17th day of November 2018, at the 59th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Kalapaki, Kaua‘i.

Annelle C. Amaral, President