Kuʻikahi
Consortium

The Hawaiian language and culture will thrive through education, research, outreach, and collaboration.

Kuʻikahi

(noun): treaty, covenant, agreement, league, feeling of unity

From Wehewehe.org, the online Hawaiian dictionary search tool

The Kuʻikahi is a coalition of the six Hawaiian language organizations constituting the entire Hawaiian language movement that seeks to further the revitalization and normalization of the Hawaiian language and culture across Hawaii and beyond. It has become a model for indigenous language revitalization and native language medium education around the world. 
Organizations of
the Ku‘ikahi
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Hilo Leadership

Ka‘iulani Laehā
CEO of ‘Aha Pūnana Leo
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Ka‘iulani Laehā is the chief executive officer of the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo. She joined the organization in 2018 to occupy a newly-created executive leadership role to guide the organization’s strategic growth. Ka‘iulani is leading the organization to sustain and expand its foundational program, the Pūnana Leo preschools, and create innovative platforms to further normalize ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in our daily lives. Kaʻiulani’s role builds on her previous experience as executive director of the Pacific Links Hawaiʻi Foundation, as well as her role as the development manager for Kupu, one of Honolulu’s most distinguished nonprofits.

Kauanoe Kamanā
Principal and Director of Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalanipʻōpuʻu
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Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā is the Principal of Hawaiʻi’s flagship K-12 Hawaiian medium school, Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalanipʻōpuʻu. She is also an Associate Professor at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Kauanoe is a founding member, and the current President, of the ʻAha Pūnana Leo. As a teacher and administrator, she works with students, teachers and families to re-establish the vibrancy of Hawaiian language and culture in Hawaiʻi. Kauanoe believes that we all have a role in carrying the legacy of the Hawaiian language into the future.

Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa
Director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language
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Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa is the Director of the Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Dr. Kawaiʻaeʻa holds a doctorate from Union Institute & University, a Professional Diploma in Elementary Education from Chaminade University, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a BA in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Kawaiʻaeʻa serves on the Native Hawaiian Education Council, and she is a founder of Ulukau, The Hawaiian Electronic Library.

Hiapokeikikāne
“Hiapo” Perreira
Chair of Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center
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Dr. Hiapokeikikāne Kichie “Hiapo” Perreira is the division chair of Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center and an associate professor of Hawaiian language and literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. His research focuses on the recovery of traditional Hawaiian oratory. His work plays a vital role in the revitalization of the Hawaiian language by providing another context for Hawaiian expression. Perreira was the recipient of a Mellon-Hawaiʻi Doctoral Fellowship in 2010, and received his doctor of philosophy in Hawaiian and indigenous language and culture revitalization from UH Hilo in 2011.
Amy Kalili
Director of Mokuola Honua
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Kaʻiu Kimura
Executive director of ʻImiloa
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Ka’iu Kimura is the Executive Director of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i. In collaboration with Dr. Larry Kimura, she has developed much of the Hawaiian cultural content on display at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. She plays an integral role in developing the mission of the Center as well as cultivating and advocating for community engagement in the continuance of astronomical research, while ensuring the integrity and integration of the Hawaiian language and culture.