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Organization name: university of hawaii, hilo
Keywords: 'kaniaina' (this phrase)
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University of Hawaii, Hilo (Hilo, HI 96720-4091)
Keiki Kawaiaea (Project Director: September 2016 to October 2022)

PD-255910-17
Documenting Endangered Languages - Preservation
Preservation and Access

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Totals:
$165,000 (approved)
$164,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 1/31/2022

Building Kaniaina, the Hawaiian Spoken Language Repository

Digitization and transcription of approximately 550 hours of Native Hawaiian recordings and their inclusion in a digital repository (Kani’aina) through which these and other Hawaiian-language resources would be accessible to the public.

(edited by staff) Against a backdrop of dire Hawaiian language endangerment, decades of successful immersion-based language education, and statewide interest in promoting the Hawaiian language use at every level, along with continuing refinement of the methods of language documentation and the technologies for preserving, disseminating, and mobilizing four decades of documentation of spoken Hawaiian, we propose to (1) develop Kani’aina, a digital repository for spoken Native Hawaiian that will eventually contain an estimated 900-1200 hours of extant recordings and transcripts made accessible through a bilingual digital library interface that is already the single most-accessed site for Hawaiian language materials; (2) properly preserve those digital recordings and transcripts; and (3) implement a procedure for crowdsourced transcription of additional recordings by Hawaiian speakers.  The project is based on collaboration between language scholars and documentation and digital library/archiving specialists at the Hilo and Manoa campuses of the University of Hawai’i.