My dissertation, "Attitudes & Ideologies Surrounding ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: A Qualitative Study", investigated the negative notions and emotional reactions we as Hawaiians or non-Hawaiian allies carry toward our heritage language. The main research question I endeavor to wish to help us understand more deeply is the role of intergenerational and historical trauma in the movement to revitalize, reclaim, and normalize ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. My methods involved a mixed approach, combining sociolinguistic interviews and thematic analysis. A copy of my dissertation is downloadable below.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

May 2024-August 2024

A mentorship for undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. This particular mentorship assists in conducting research about ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and the role of pitch accent in the language.

SEED Idea Award, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

February-August 2024

In collaboration with Dr. Andrew Cheng for the organization of the inaugural Kūpinaʻi Speaker Series 2024 featuring language advocates from different ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi communities around Hawaiʻi to speak about their work specifically addressing diversity in language teaching.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

March 2022-Present

Awarded to the Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings to launch the Pūmanamana Project, a multidimensional index for mele Hawaiʻi to become a public heritage resource that catalogs the history, lyricism, instrumentation, culture, and legacy of Hawaiian music.

National Science Foundation

‍July 2021-February 2023

Awarded for the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (co-principal investigator with Shelece Easterday & Andrea-Berez-Kroeker)

National Science Foundation

‍July 2019-February 2021

Awarded for the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (co-principal investigator with Bradley McDonnell & Andrea-Berez-Kroeker)

Open Educational Resources, University of Hawaiʻi

‍May 2019-December 2019

Awarded for the e-textbook E Walaʻau Kanaka Kākou (principal investigator and lead author with Dannii Yarbrough)


2022 Drechsel-Hubbard Endowed Fellowship for Indigenous Language-Culture Research

Inaugural Recipient

2018 Ford Fellowship (pre-dissertation block)

‍3rd Place Honorable Mention