International Centre for Language Revitalisation

Mellon-Hawai‘i Post Doctoral Fellow Welcomed by Te Ipukarea

The Centre for Language Revitalisation looks forward to welcoming visitors, researchers and post-graduate students from around the world, both to our physical campus and through virtual resources.

Dr. Leilani Basham - Mellon-Hawai‘i Postdoctoral Fellow

Leilani Basham

In February 2011 Dr Basham was hosted by Te Ipukarea – The National Māori Language Institute and Te Ara Poutama – The Faculty of Māori Development at AUT to share her research with the Aotearoa/New Zealand community. Her visit consisted of two formal presentations, one a joint presentation with Te Ipukarea’s Dr. Rachel Ka’ai-Muhata, and information gathering on language revitalisation efforts in Aotearoa/New Zealand and sharing of information on efforts in Hawai‘i. Dr Basham is an alumni of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has a PhD in Political Science, a Master’s degree in the history of the Pacific Islands and a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies. She is an Assistant Professor in Hawaiian-Pacific Studies at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. Dr Basham’s research centres on understanding Hawaiian history, political and cultural knowledge, and practice from a Hawaiian perspective, using predominantly Hawaiian language resources. Specific areas of research include mele lāhui, Hawaiian identity and value systems, as well as Hawaiian sexuality. Her book project is entitled “Nā Mele Lāhui: E Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono,” and it analyses hundreds of mele lāhui (nationalist poetic texts) published between 1893 and 1898. In addition to her university studies, Basham spent fifteen years studying hula under her kumu (teacher), graduating as an ‘ōlapa (dancer) and a kumu hula. Currently, she is the kumu hula of her own hālau (private hula academy).