Featured Scholar Speakers


Dr. Jason De Santolo (Garrwa and Barunggam) is a researcher, creative producer & father committed to forging a sustainable world for future generations through transformative research strategies, storytelling & practices of renewal. His unique research practice integrates video, creative practice & design strategies. Jason co-edited Decolonizing Research: Indigenous storywork as methodology with Jo-Ann Archibald and Jenny Lee-Morgan which will be available in April 2019 through Zed Books. His latest documentary Warburdar Bununu/Water Shield explores water contamination in Borroloola, NT and is set to be released by Browncabs in 2019. Jason is currently Assoc. Prof in Design, School of Design, Faculty of Design Architecture & Building UTS.
Haili‘ōpua Baker’s work centers on the development of an indigenous Hawaiian theatre aesthetic and form, Hawaiian language revitalization, and the empowerment of cultural identity through stage performance. Baker is also a playwright and the artistic director of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe. In the Department of Theatre and Dance she oversees both the Hawaiian Theatre and the Playwriting MFA programs.
Dr. C.M. Kaliko Baker’s teaching focus is on Hawaiian grammar and worldview. His dissertation analyzed a- and o- class selection in grammatical subjects of events, i.e., as subjects of nominalizations and relative clauses primarily. His analytical methodology in his research is based in discourse grammar and pragmatics. Generally speaking, by using corpora he draws generalizations about specific structures and patterns in Hawaiian. Dr. Baker also has international research interests as well. He is part of Te Mauria Whiritoi, a Waikato, Aotearoa, based project studying the sky as a cultural resource- Maori astronomy, ritual and ecological knowledge and was funded in 2014 by the Marsden Fund: Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden. He is one of 8 scholars on the project researching relevant phenomena through an indigenous lens bringing an international perspective to Te Mauria Whiritoi. As President of Haleleʻa Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3, Dr. Baker works at supporting, promoting, and publishing Hawaiian medium media, for example, hankeaka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi such as Kaluaikoʻolau, Māuiakamalo, Kamapuaʻa, and most recently Lāʻieikawai. Within hanakeaka as a process, he serves as researcher, writer, editor, and dramaturge.

Dr. Ku’uipolani Kanahele Wong was born and raised on the island of Ni’ihau and is the Director and an Associate Professor of the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. She is also the coordinator for the Mānaleo (Native Speaker) Program. She holds her doctorate degree of Philosophy of Education in Curriculum Studies with her dissertation titled “Na ka Ni’ihau, No ka Ni’ihau” from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Sir Timoti Kāretu is a descendant of the Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes. He is a scholar who is nationally and internationally recognized for his knowledge of the Māori language. Sir Timoti Kāretu is also a prolific composer and Māori performing arts expert. In 1970, he was appointed as the first professor of Māori Studies at the University of Waikato. In 1987 he became the first Māori language commissioner at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. From 2003, Sir Kāretu was the head of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust. He has been involved in numerous Māori performing arts competitions as a tutor, a composer, a judge and an organizer. Sir Karetu continues to be a stalwart of the Māori language and is unflinching in his dedication. He is the foremost expert in Māori language revitalisation efforts and is a role model and mentor for many in the field of language revitalisation around the world.
Hiapokeikikāne Kichie “Hiapo” Perreira is an associate professor of Hawaiian language and literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. He received his master of arts in Hawaiian language and literature and his doctor of philosophy in Hawaiian and indigenous language and culture revitalization from UH Hilo. His research focuses on the recovery of traditional Hawaiian oratory.