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Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on March 16, 2005
31 in support; 1 against

Supporting Documents


Resolution on the Proposed Master's Degree Program in Hawaiian Language and Literature

1)Whereas, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus has the largest faculty and student population of scholars, including both faculty, students, and Native Hawaiians in the University of Hawai'i system; and

2)Whereas, the Constitution of the State of Hawaii states that English and Hawaiian shall be the official languages of Hawaii and that the State shall provide for a Hawaiian education program in the public schools; and

3)Whereas, the University of Hawaii strategic plan states that the University must recognize the important role it performs for Native Hawaiians by actively preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian culture, language, and values; and

4)Whereas, the Hawaiian language is endangered, and its survival is a vital component to the welfare of the Hawaiian people; and

5)Whereas, currently, the study of Hawaiian language at UHM is limited to the BA; and

6)Whereas, there is community need for trained individuals that a Master's program could produce (such as the Hawaiian language newscast Ke Aolama, Kula Kaiapuni (Hawaiian medium public schools) teachers, and materials for the Kula Kaiapuni program); and

7)Whereas, the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library's Hawaiian Collection holds a world renowned collection of Hawaiian language materials, with many rare and unique items, which in conjunction with the extensive collections of Hawaiian language materials at the Bishop Museum Library and Archives, the Hawaiian Historical Society Archives, and the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society Archives and Library, will support graduate level research and instruction in Hawaiian language and literature; and

8)Whereas, UHM is the most appropriate academic venue to support the continuation and growth of Hawaii's indigenous language given that the necessary resources, faculty, and student demand are all here; therefore

Be It Resolved that

The UHM Faculty Senate supports the creation of a Master's Degree Program in Hawaiian Language and Literature.