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Malulani's Bio

Malulani's Bio

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Michael E. Malulani K. Odegaard, founder of Hawai‘i Bilingual, grew up in Newport Beach, California, in a home that was immersed in Hawaiian culture. His earliest memories werecomprised of his mother’s Hawaiian intimate words and hula and his parents were activemembers of the
inahau o Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club. The global perspective thatafforded “Kaleponi-Hawaiian” Malulani by his studies of French, Spanish and MandarinChinese languages at Newport Harbor High Schoolled him into recognized leadership inlocal environmental activism at a young age, organizing the "OUTLOOK '81" EnvironmentalFair and even serving in public office while in college, and he was awarded a bronzeOlympic medal by theLos Angeles Olympic Organizing Committeefor "outstandingvolunteer service" to the Protocol Division during 1984 summer break. As a delegate to theAmerican Institute of Architects Student Chapter National Convention in Atlanta, heorganized the complete California delegation and provided the conceptual framework thatwon the California student delegation the Design Award in a national "charrette" competitionto redesign the nation’s Capitol. However after graduating fromUC Irvine, where he was initiated into theSigma Chi Fraternityand attended lectures in architecture and critical theor y as an art student, he both pursued his family tradition of outrigger canoe paddling, becomingaCalifornia StateSprints Champion in 1991, as well as launched his award-winning career in international community design that included the 2000 “Gold Nugget” Award by the NationalAssociation of Home BuildersCalifornia Chapter in the International Housing category for his planfor a small, California-style community in Beijing. Malulani often visited ‘ohana in Hawa‘i, but never stayed for more than two weeks at a time.Malulani’sPresbyterianupbringing during his youth, especially his selection as a YouthAdvisory Delegate to the Synod of Southern California and Hawai'i, provided him theopportunity to relate his early Christian faith to public policy. He helped launch theOrange County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and prior to his 30
th
birthday in 1991, he walked100 miles to raise funds for Habitat while creating public awareness for the need of af fordable housing in Southern California. While President of Earthsave Toastmastersin Orange County, it was his yearning to find a Christian response to the environmental crisisthat set Malulanion a spiritual quest that resulted in his 1997 chrismation into theOrthodox Church. At the time in 1994 he received the first of his two family Hawaiian names of  “Malulani” and “Kamehameha,” he began his advocacy efforts on behalf of his fellow nativeHawaiians.Outrigger canoe paddling (hoe wa‘a) in the early 1990’s bridged Malulani’s deepeningunderstanding of Hawiian culture from matters of home and family to the broader issues of human society. In addition to introducing the sport to collegiate society (and subsequentlyassisting with the reestablishment of  Newport Outrigger Canoe Club
 
), Malulani alsointroduced the
‘ahupua‘a
land use concpet to a planning professionals in the continentalUnited States, resulting in its employment as the “Sustainable Alternative” to theTejonRanch Master Planin Los Angeles County. Malulani was employed as an award-winning community designer and planner for over 15 years on world-wide projects ranging fromTuscany to China and Canada to Mexico before renting his California home in 2007 tofinance his dream of moving to Honolulu to study Hawaiian language. Malulani, who earned 
 
hisMBAin Project Management in 2004, was well acquainted withthe public-private sector  cooperation that cultivates community ethos. As he became familiar with the local Hawaiianimmersion school movement, through his volunteer work teaching community design inHawaiian at
Ā
nuenue Schooland coaching outrigger canoe paddling for local high schoolstudents, he was alarmed to hear the stories of students who had transfered out of Hawaiianimmersion schools for fear of being inadequately prepared for admittance into Americancolleges for the careers of their choosing. His exposure tosystems management theoryin business school indicated to him that there was perhaps a gap in the State’s understanding of how aHawaiian language student transitions from the academic environment to the marketplace. He realized that very soon there won’t be enough teaching, entertaining, fishingand ranching jobs to employ all of the Hawaiian immersion schools (or those who havededicated their college educations to Hawaiian language) to sustain their continued use of Hawaiian language in the context of their chosen professions. It really isn’t enough for college students to double major in Hawaiian plus another field of knowledge; there needs to be more “enlightened capitalistic” financial incentives in the professional marketplace toemploy Hawaiian-speaking employees. Malulani has testified before State Native Hawaiianlegislative committees, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Hawai‘i State Office of Language Access and theO‘ahu Island Burial Counciladvocating the need for regulatory agencies to begin publishing official documents as well as receiving reports bilingually inorder to raise the status of the Hawaiian languageeconomy with that of the English language.While studying Hawaiian language at theUniversity of Hawai‘i at M
ā
noa, Malulani led theHui Pule Kalikiano (a chapter of theOrthodox Christian Fellowship
 
) andwon the 2008Kalama Award for Hawaiian Language Scholarship. During that time Malulani also hosted2009 Australia’s “Man of the Year”Mick Dodsonfor a week at his Waik 
 ī 
 ī 
condominium;the part-Yaruwu Dodson is one of the principal architects of the United Nations 2007Declaration on the Rightsof Indigenous Peoples, andhe provided Malulani with valuable insight on how he had improved the lives of Australia’s indigenous peoples through directnegotiations with the Australian government. His own professional experience as acommunity planner informed Malulani of the necessity of including the Hawaiian languagein all legislative and regulatory processes if the state expects to normalize use of Hawaiianlanguage. He found confirmation of his theory in Canada’s bilingualist efforts to protect theFrench language, preempting the necessity of Quebec’s secession. During his July 2010 visitto the University of Hawai‘i at M
ā
noa, the Ermineskin Cree (Canada’s largest NativeAmerican nation) chief and delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum on IndigenousIssuesWilton Littlechildconfirmed that the French-EnglishCanada Official Languages Act  stands as a model for Canadian indigenous linguistic rights efforts.It is apparent to Malulani that it would be much more advantageous for native Hawaiians to pursue
de facto
implementation of Hawai‘i’s constitutionally-professed bilingualism than tofollow the unknown outcomes of the various secessionist schemes that we read about in thenews. Indeed, the State can cultivate a healthy Hawaiian language private sector through asubtle yet systematic adjustment in its regulatory mission. In 2009 Malulani was successfulin unanimously persuading theHawaiian Civic Club of Waimanaloto submit a resolution at
 
their last Convention to lobby the Association’s recommendation that the State adopt anOf ficial Languages Act similar to those employed in Canada and Ireland to implementofficial bilingualism in Hawai‘i. To accomplish this goal, Malulani launchedHawai‘iBilingualon Facebook (currently at almost 2,300 members, including aState Senator , an OHA Trustee, a Hawaiian Civic Club president, as well as several current candidates for   public of fice) in 2008 and initiated a campaign of educational lectures proposingeconciliator y measures for Hawaiian linguicide hosted by Dr. Kekuni Blaisedell of Ke P
ā
kaukau, Kahu Dr. Kaleo Patter son and Dr. Ha‘aheo Guanson’s “Indigenous Prayer” and“Ho‘oponopono” classes at the University of Hawai‘i at M
ā
noa School of Social Work, theUH M
ā
noa Department Second Language Studies, UH M
ā
noa Native Hawaiian StudentScholarship Association,UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language(date to be determined,invited by Dr. William “Pila” Wilson) as well as theWaik 
 ī 
 ī 
Community Center , thePacificCluband gatherings of individuals in private homes. He also provides affordable, or evenfree, Hawaiian language instruction for adults as well as produces bilingual cultural eventssuch as asummer series of six chamber music concertsand monthly Ilina Wai Hawaiianlanguage prayer vigils to end the Hawaiian cultural genocide. On April 30, Malulanicompleted a year of leading monthlyHawaiian languagevigilsheld at bothMauna ‘Ala – the Royal MausoleumandKing Lunalilo’s Tomb, adjacent to the ‘Iolani Palace. (The reader is invited to download a copy of the text by clickinghere.) Acommunity gardening advocateas well as a California landlord and part-time Hawaiian language instructor at KahakaiElementary School in Kailua-Kona, Malulani is the
mo‘opuna
ā
ne
of Kamehameha Maertens(retired Army officer and real estate broker resident of P
ā
of Maria Beckley(high chiefess and kahu of Mauna‘Ala under Lili‘uokalani), and
mo‘opuna kualima
 of bothHo‘oluluandCaptain George Charles Beckley(Kapu Chief under KamehamehaIanddesigner of the Hawaiian flag), and
 of ame‘eiamoku. At the recommendation of Dr. Kaleo Patterson to offer his Hawai'i Bilingual vision to alarger constituency (and with support confirmed by several other kahu from O‘ahu andHawai‘i islands) Malulani is presently a candidate for Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee atLarge. He is available and eager to speak with community groups and may be contacted viaemail at
modegaard@gmail.com
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
·
Ka Ho‘om
ā
hele Kuleana ‘Ana” (The Dividing of Responsibility), 2010
·
 “Ilina Wai - ‘Oihana Haipule ‘Uao e Ho’opau i ka Pepehi ‘Ana i ka Mo’omeheuHawai’i“(Vigil to End Hawaiian Cultural Genocide), 2009
ā
Wahi Palekana no n
ā
Keiki e P
ā
‘ani ai” (Making Safe Places for Childrento Play), 2008
·
Ka Hana Ho‘
ā
kua a K 
ā
na Ioane Kerisosatoma” (a Hawaiian language translation of TheDivine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom), 2008

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