Renowned linguist Ritsuko Kikusawa

Ritsuko Kikusawa

PhD in linguistics ’00 Mānoa

Japan National Museum of Ethnology anthropologist Ritsuko Kikusawa earned her doctorate in linguistics while she was a Crown Prince Akihito Scholar at the University of Hawaiʻi.

One of 132 scholar who have received support through the scholarship established by a Hawaiʻi man to honor Japenese emporer’s wedding, she was honored at the scholarship foundation’s 50th anniversary banquet.

Kikusawa has done pioneering work in the comparative grammar of Oceanic languages (including Hawaiian), reconstruction of the language of the first inhabitants of Fiji and Polynesia and discovery of how giant water taro was introduced into the Pacific area.