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Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the Daniel and Lydia Makuakane Endowed Fellowship. This new fellowship has been established through the generosity of the Makuakane ʻohana to support graduate students toward completion of the research and writing phase of their masters thesis and doctoral dissertation.

Bruce Torres FischerThe first recipient of the fellowship is Mr. Bruce Torres Fischer, a master’s candidate at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani. The fellowship will allow Mr. Torres Fischer to support his research on phonological variations in the speech of mānaleo, native speakers of the Hawaiian language, through analyzing archival audio recordings. This will enable him to complete his degree in a timely manner while contributing to our understanding of how ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi is spoken by kūpuna mānaleo.

"We are so grateful to the entire Makuakane ʻohana for providing this incredible opportunity to support the next generation of Hawaiian language scholars," said Kaʻiu Kimura, Director of the College of Hawaiian Language. "Their vision in establishing this fellowship will have an enormous impact by helping our students finish their degrees and go on to be leaders in language revitalization and education in Hawai‘i."

The College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was established in 1998 and is the only college in the United States that focuses on Hawaiian and other indigenous languages. The College was recently awarded the lead role in establishing the inaugural National Native American Language Resource Center under the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education with a focus on supporting Native American Language communities and their efforts in language revitalization. The College offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Hawaiian language, literature, and linguistics.

For more information about the new fellowship, please contact Kaʻiu Kimura, Director of the College of Hawaiian Language, at [email protected] or 808-932-7414.

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