Maori language teaching to continue in Hawaii

Maori language teaching to continue in Hawaii

Maori language teaching to continue in Hawaii

Updated 19 December 2011, 12:12 AEDT

The University of Hawaii says it will continue teaching Maori language, despite the departure of its first lecturer.

Robert Wiri was appointed in 2003, but recently returned to New Zealand.

The University is in the process of appointing a new lecturer.

The associate professor of Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaii, Naomi Losch, spoke to Pacific Beat.

She says Maori is a popular subject with students, along with other Polynesian languages.

"There's been an interest, you know we do have an exit requirement of two years of a foreign language - a second language," she said.

"We have many students are taking Hawaiian, you know our languages are so similiar.

"And so often there will be Hawaiian students who will take Maori, to see what it's like".