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Faculty Lecture Series Spring 2013

April 16, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Hamilton Library Room 301

Puakea Nogelmeier, Kawaihuelani, Center for Hawaiian Language, presents a Faculty Lecture on Tuesday, 16th April in Hamilton 301 at 3:30 pm.

In his lecture entitled, "Hawaiʻi's Legacy of Literacy," Nogelmeier examines the historical development of literacy in Hawai'i that generated a unique repository of knowledge which is an invaluable resource today. The lecture is an overview of archival language resources and the way they came to be.

Nogelmeier is a Professor of Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he has taught for 28 years. He has BAs in Hawaiian language and Anthropology, an MA in Pacific Islands Studies, and a PhD in Anthropology which were all completed at UH Manoa. Beyond the university, Nogelmeier trained for decades in learning Hawaiian language, traditional dance, chant and literature.

He has gone through formal training and ceremonial graduation (ʻūniki) as both a dancer (ʻōlapa) and a teacher of the dance (kumu hula). A prolific composer of Hawaiian poetry in both traditional and modern styles, his compositions are widely published and recorded. Dr. Nogelmeier works extensively with the various Hawaiian-language archives and is active in rearticulating historical Hawaiian knowledge into fields of study today, producing translations, new presentations and reprintings of archival materials for publication and dissemination.

He is the Executive Director of Awaiaulu, training translators and researchers to work with Hawaiian legacy materials and generating access for modern audiences to historical resources. For the last two decades, Hawaiian-language newspapers have been one of his central fields of research and study. Puakea came to Hawaiʻi from Minnesota as an 18-year-old, and not being Hawaiian, has spent most of his adult life learning from respected elders and native speakers who fostered his ever-growing interest in and respect for Hawaiʻi, its people, and Hawaiian knowledge.

Ticket Information
Free & open to public

Event Sponsor
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Office of Research Relations, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, Mānoa Campus

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Teri Skillman, 956-8688,

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