Aloha maikaʻi kākou! I am from Honolulu, Oʻahu, where I teach as an Instructor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Hālau ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ʻo Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. Alongside, I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Linguistics with a primary focus on language ideologies and attitudes surrounding Hawaiian language in Hawaiʻi, and a secondary focus on the linguistic landscape of Hawaiʻi, all within the context of Hawaiian language revitalization, reclamation, and maintenance.
I am also an avid translator of ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi under Awaiaulu and am the owner of Hoʻopulapula, LLC., specializing in Hawaiian language translation, tutoring services, and resource development. As a polyglot, my multi-lingualism shapes my pedagogical approaches and my academic endeavors, many of which involve the documentation of the languages spoken in Polynesia.