Maya Saffery


Curriculum Specialist,
Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

Maya Lindsley Kawailanaokeawaiki Saffery was born and raised in Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu and is an ongoing student of the language and culture of her ancestors. With a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Language and a Master’s of Education in Teaching degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), she became the Curriculum Specialist for Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at UHM in 2005. In this capacity, she is responsible for researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating graduate and undergraduate curricula for use within Kawaihuelani as well as out in the broader community. Her research interests include Hawaiian language and culture revitalization; culturally grounded, Hawaiian place-based, and experiential curriculum and program development; and traditional and contemporary living narratives for sacred and significant places of Hawai‘i. 

Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language