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    Dr Larry L Kimura

Dr Larry L Kimura 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 Department of Education K–12 Hawaiian Immersion / Medium Programs. Dr Kimura is Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitise 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 of the Ka Leo Hawaiʻi radio program of some 525 hours of first language Hawaiian speakers for 16 years, from 1972–1988. Dr Kimura is the first President and Co-Founder of Hawaiʻi’s first Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language immersion preschools.