2016SWCOLT-FBprofilePicThe Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers (HALT) will host the 2016 Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) on March 4-5 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu. Preconference workshops will be held on March 3rd. This year’s theme is “I ka ‘ōlelo ke ola” (“In language, there is life.”)

This theme will be echoed in the words of this year’s keynote speaker, Kaimana Barcarse, representing the Polynesian Voyaging Society. He is head of the ʻĀina (Place) Based Education Department of the Kamehameha Schools, and his passion is using the waʻa (canoe) as a platform to strengthen Hawaiian language and cultural skills. He is a deep-sea voyager and licensed captain and has instructed at the PreK-12, university, and community levels in the disciplines of Hawaiian Language, Voyaging & Navigation, and Ethnozoology. He is the Program Director and Lead DJ of Alana I Kai Hikina, a Hawaiian Language Radio Show at KWXX-FM, the English language senior producer of Indigenous Rights Radio, a native focused photographer and multimedia artist, and the current co-chair of The Cultural Conservancy’s Board of Directors.

Hawai‘i is hosting SWCOLT for the first time, and it will serve as an unprecedented opportunity for K-16 foreign language educators from SWCOLT’s nine member states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah) to learn, network, and share resources together. This special event is also being done in conjunction with and in celebration of HALTʻs 30th anniversary and is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, SWCOLTʻs goals include disseminating and publicizing information, data, and materials which promote, develop, and enhance the study and teaching of languages together with their literatures and cultures; recognizing and publicizing excellence in second language study and teaching; promoting the work and interest of state language organizations; and cooperating with state, national, and international organizations whose purpose is to enhance second language study and teaching.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.swcolt.org/.