Hawaiian Studies




Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor


Associate Professors

  • Fermantez, Kali (2009) B.A. 1997, Brigham Young University—Hawaii; M.A. 1999, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2007, University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Assistant Professors

  • Housman, April Alohalani (2016) B.S. 1982, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; B.S. 2000, University of Hawaii at Hilo; M.Ed. 2003, University of Hawaii at Hilo.
  • Walk, Richard K. Kamoa'elehua (1996) B.S. 1987, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 2001, University of Hawaii-Manoa.


Special Instructors

  • Baclayon, Keoki; Hawaiian Cultures & Languages, B.A. 2009, University of Hawaii at Manoa; M.A. 2012, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Eldridge, Kaluhialoha; Hawaiian Cultures & Languages, B.A. 2004, University of Hawaii at Manoa; M.A. 2014, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Manoa, Roy Kaipo; Hawaiian Cultures & Languages, P.C.C. Hawaiian Village Cultural Expert & Presenter.
  • Miller, Kela; Hawaiian Cultures & Languages
  • Pane'e, Terry; Hawaiian Cultures & Languages, B.S. 1987, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

Programs Descriptions

The mission of the Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies program is to provide all of our students who choose to attend BYU–Hawaii the opportunity to study the Hawaiian language, the Hawaiian culture, the history, and all the positive aspects of the Hawaiian people within the context of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to foster the principles of service, leadership, hospitality, respect, perseverance, humility, and aloha that we believe is nothing less than the pure love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Within these parameters the program for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies teaches the following curriculum. Two tracks of study are available: a Hawaiian language track and a Hawaiian culture track. It is recommended that students majoring in Hawaiian studies minor in another area. No grade lower than a C- will be counted towards the major.


Programs and Degrees

  • B.A. in Hawaiian Studies
  • Hawaiian Studies Minor
  • Hawaiian Language Minor
  • Hawaiian Language Certificate

Programs Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Hawaiian Studies, students will:

  • Demonstrate greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands in relationship to the wider and sometimes more complicated global community.
  • Learn skills in research, writing, critical thinking, listening and retention to assist in problem solving.
  • Work towards full competency in speaking, reading, writing, and doing research in the Hawaiian Language plus service to the community.
  • Enter graduate school or find employment within one year of graduation.
  • Complete a successful, integrative internship and under supervision, function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and seek necessary organizational change (for students completing a major in Pacific Island Studies).