Scant Details Available About Hawaiian University

Here's an education proposal that we hadn't heard from Gov. Neil Abercrombie: He wants to build a Hawaiian language university.

"We have an opportunity to organize a Hawaiian language university-within-a-university as a next step," Abercrombie said in his Jan. 24 State of the State address. "Language is a key element in ensuring that the Hawaiian culture remains strong and perseveres into the future for the benefit of all."

The measure that would make it happen is Senate Bill 1070, which proposes a Hawaiian language university and college be established at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. But a Hawaiian language college already exists there — and UH Hilo's chancellor says he was never consulted about the plans.

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