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Born in Hilo and raised in a sugar plantation town, Pāhala, Kaʻū, I was exposed to an array of languages and cultures from a young age. I continued learning about my Hawaiian language and culture formally at Kamehameha Schools on Kapālama campus in Honolulu. Upon graduation, I attended the University of Arizona. While I resided in Tucson, I was the Program Coordinator of the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI). It was this program that reignited passion back into my culture and inspired my dissertation research on Indigenous language revitalization and multimedia technology. I moved back to Hawaiʻi, where I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi in Hilo. I now reside in Vancouver, BC, Canada where I am a faculty member in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.
Assistant Professor, First Nations Languages & Education
Department of Language & Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia