Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi - Hiapokeikikāne "Hiapo" Perreira
Kumu Hiapo Perreira
Ua hānai ʻia ʻo Hiapokeikikāne Kichie Perreira ma Waiau, Oʻahu a hānai ʻia i nā makahiki he 37 i hala iho nei e ka ʻohana, mai Hilo a hiki i Kekaha. He kanaka puka 'o "Hiapo" no ke kula 'o Kamehameha i ka makahiki 1992 a ua pa'a 'o ia i ke kekelē BA ma ka Ha'awina Hawai'i mai ke Kulanui o Hawai'i ma Hilo. Ua lilo ʻo ia i puka mua ma hope o ke kula haʻahaʻa mai ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo i kona loaʻa ʻana i ke kēkelē MA ma ka ʻōlelo a me ka palapala Hawaiʻi i ka makahiki 2002. Hoʻolāʻolā ʻana i nā ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi a me nā ʻōiwi. ʻO kāna palapala ʻōlelo i kau ʻia ma ka hoʻōla hou ʻana i ka haʻiʻōlelo Hawaiʻi kuʻuna. ʻO Kauka Perreira i kēia manawa ma ke ʻano he Polofesa Hoʻonaʻauao o ka Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi a me ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ma Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, kahi āna i aʻo ai mai ka makahiki 1996 ʻo ia hoʻi ke aʻo ʻana i ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ma Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻopuʻu. Ua hana pū ʻo Hiapo ma ke ʻano he luna papahana a hoʻomohala papahana no ka ʻAha Pūnana Leo a ua haʻi ʻo ia i ka DVD Merrie Monarch 2013 ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi i alakaʻi i ke koho hoʻolaha ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi i ka makahiki aʻe.
Hiapokeikikāne Kichie Perreira was raised in Waiau, Oʻahu and nurtured over the past 37 years by ʻohana, immediate and extended from, Hilo to Kekaha. "Hiapo" is a 1992 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and holds a BA degree in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He became the first post-baccalaureate graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo when he was awarded an MA degree in Hawaiian Language and Literature in 2002. In 2011, Hiapo became a Mellon-Hawaiʻi Doctoral Fellow and a year later was awarded a PhD in Hawaiian and Indigenous Languages and Culture Revitalization. His dissertation centered on the revitalization of traditional Hawaiian oratory. Dr. Perreira is currently as Associate Professor of Hawaiian Literature and Oratory at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, where he has been lecturing since 1996 which included teaching Hawaiian Language Arts at Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻopuʻu. Hiapo also worked as program director and curriculum developer for the `Aha Punana Leo and he narrated the 2013 Merrie Monarch DVD in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi which led to the live ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi broadcast option in the following year.