Hilo Field Study

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Pono Kaulike – Justice Through Action

The 2023 Hilo Field Study: Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Pono Kaulike – Justice Through Action will be held on Zoom during the following time slots in our program:    

  • March 3, 2023 Fri. 10:00am – 1:30pm (3.5 hrs.)    
  • March 4, 2023 Sat. 12:30pm – 4:00pm (3.5 hrs.)

Ma Ka Hana Ka Pono Kaulike, Justice Through Action, the 2023 He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study is included in registration and will be conducted as a virtual Hawaiian language revitalization experience. It will occur at two separate times within the schedule of the ICLDC Conference. It will include virtual live panel discussions about the foundations of the Hawaiian language reclamation movement through Hawaiian medium education that currently advances the life of a threatened Hawaiian language. The movement has faced numerous injustices and has a history of overcoming injustice. 

Hilo Field Study Program

He ʻŌlelo Ola, LĀ 1 – 210 minutes (3.5 hours)

Friday March 3, 2023 , 10:00am – 1:30pm He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study, Ma Ka Hana Ka Pono Kaulike:  Justice Through Action  

10:00 – 10:05am / 5 minutes  Opening Video & Remarks 

He ʻŌlelo Ola Field Study 2023 begins with an overview of topics for the day as well as webinar housekeeping. 

10:05 – 10:45am / 40 minutes  Panel 1  Pūnana Leo Language Nests – Overcoming Unjust External Control Over Childcare and Preschooling 

The reestablishment of education through Hawaiian began with the Pūnana Leo language nests. They began in spite of major barriers both at the early education level and beyond that level into the public schools. Those barriers were and continue to be the result of unjust colonial acts in the past and a mindset that has continued into the present.

10:45 – 11:25am / 40 minutes  Panel 2  Native Language in the Home –  Overcoming Internal Residial Barriers of Colonization 

In increasing numbers parents are establishing Hawaiian as the language of the home. There are numerous barriers that these families must overcome. A good portion of those barriers are the result of past acts of injustice the effects of which are still with us today.

11:25am – 12:05pm / 40 minutes  Panel 3  Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu – Hawaiian Medium Education Experiences in Battling Injustices

Once the ʻAha Pūnana Leo was able to break the unjust barrier against use of Hawaiian as a medium of public education, it faced efforts to push it into something other than the reestablishment of a Hawaiian language medium education system such as existed in Hawaiʻi in the nineteenth century. Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu represents a particularly successful resistance to unjust pressures to abandon the goal of a total Hawaiian language medium eduction.

12:05pm – 12:45pm / 40 minutes  Panel 4  English & Other Languages of Immigrant Ancestors Through Hawaiian – Resisting the Injustice of Colonial Language Policies In Hawaiʻi

During the Hawaiian Monarchy, many Native Hawaiians were bilingual and even multilingual in immigrant languages, including English. In most schools in Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian is placed in the same category as foreign languages in contrast to English the other official language of Hawaiʻi. The effort to revitalize Hawaiian as has also included a struggle to restore multilingualism to students in Hawaiian medium education while providing a vehicle for Hawaiian to be the primary official language of families that make that choice.

12:45 – 1:25pm / 40 minutes  Panel 5  Creating Change Agents to Overcome Injustices Relative to the Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Speakers in the Larger Society

The colonial process in Hawaiʻi has margialized the Hawaiian language and Hawaiian speakers. The growing number of young adult Hawaiian speakers, including those whose entire P-12 educational experience has been through Hawaiian is beginning to have an effect on the larger society of Hawaiʻi. There are, however, a number of barriers that these Hawaiian speakers face and which that are overcoming.

1:25 – 1:30pm / 5 minutes  Closing Remarks & Video 

He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study 2021 concludes its first day of events with a recap on discussion, a preview for tomorrow, and a short video with a Pūnana Leo family.

He ʻŌlelo Ola, LĀ 2 – 210 minutes (3.5 hours)

Saturday March 4, 2023 , 12:30am – 4:00pm He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study, Ma Ka Hana Ka Pono Kaulike:  Justice Through Action  

12:30 – 12:40pm / 10 minutes  Panel 1  Introduction: Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College 

The State Hawaiian Language College in Hilo operates two basic tracks of higher education through to the Ph.d.  One track is focused on state needs and is taught through Hawaiian. The other track is taught  through English to provide a means of participation for other Indigenous peoples. The day will begin with an explanation of the undergraduate and graduate programs and degrees of the College.

12:40 – 1:20pm / 40 minutes  Panel 2  Kahuawaiola: Developing Teacher Capacity to Pursue Justice 

The Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program is taught through Hawaiian to provide certified teachers for state Hawaiian language medium schools and early education programs. It is in the process of developing a pathway for other Native American languages beginning with the Hemish language of the Pueblo of Jemez. This panel will focus on teacher education as “Action for Justice and Justice in Action” for Native language teachers and classrooms.

1:20 – 2:00PM / 40 minutes  Panel 3  Graduates: Pursuing Justice from an Indigenous Base 

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani has a diverse group of graduates from its B.A., M.A., and Ph.d. programs. Those students come from Hawaiian focused tracks and its other Indigenous focused tracks. This panel focuses on activities of graduates on behalf of justice.

2:00 – 2:40PM / 40 minutes  Panel IV  Partners: Fostering Justice with Other Indigenous Communities 

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani has a long history of working with other Indigenous communities in seeking justice, both in the United States and internationally. This panel focuses on the relationships that exist and the results of that activity.

2:40 – 3:15 / 35 minutes  Panel V  Hale Kuamoʻo Center & Ulukau Hawaiian Digital Library: Access to Hawaiian Language and Knowledge Resources as a Source of Justice for Students, Families and Communities 

School-based language and culture revitalization require resources based in a worldview, culture, and history emanating from the Indigenous language. This panel focuses on the importance and access to such resources for enhancing a just education for children, families, and communities.

3:15 – 3:55pm / 40 minutes  Panel VI.  ʻImiloa: Expanding the Reach in the Pursuit of Justice – 40 minutes

Language and culture restoration cannot occur only in classrooms and schools. Full and just restoration requires expansion into traditional areas outside the classroom and into other aspects of the contemporary lives of Indigenous peoples. ʻImiloa Center is a state established vehicle affiliated with the College focused on such purposes. This panel will explore some of the projects that ʻImiloa is presently pursuing. 

3:55 – 4:00pm / 5 minutes  Closing Remarks

He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study 2023 concludes with a recap on the theme of, Ma Ka Hana Ka PonokaulikeJustice Through Action.