Dr. Larry L. Kimura, PhD (Hawai’ian), is Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii Hilo. He is chairperson of the Hawaiian Lexicon (new Hawaiian words) Committee for the Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center of the College focusing on Hawaiian curriculum development and teacher licensing for Hawaiʻi’s DOE K-12 Hawaiian Immersion / Medium Programs.  Dr. Kimura is a Co-Principal Investigator for a NSF & NEH grant to digitize and archive spoken native Hawaiian speech documentation. He has been recording Hawaiʻi’s last native Hawaiian speakers since 1966 and most significantly through his hosting the Ka Leo Hawaiʻi radio program of some 525 hours of first language Hawaiian speakers for sixteen years, from 1972 – 1988. Dr. Kimura is the first President and Co-Founder of Hawaiʻi’s first Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language immersion preschools.

For a video featuring Dr. Kimura and his work see HERE.

Dr. Kimura will participate in our SILS 25th Anniversary panel on Thursday June 7.