Jason Ford, B.A.

Hawaiian Language Services and Cultural Researcher

Jason came to CSH in 2018 after receiving his B.A. in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i from Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and a minor in Ethnobotany at UH Mānoa. His interest in serving indigenous communities and perpetuating indigenous knowledge is rooted in his relationship to his Native American grandfather who instilled a sense of awareness of and respect for the histories and cultures of indigenous people. Jason serves CSH by providing services in Hawaiian language translation of primary source material such as Hawaiian language newspaper articles and land commission awards, to expand the quality and comprehensiveness of research for CSH reports in both archaeology and cultural studies. Language carries the essence of culture, and in this regard, is a foundational cultural resource. Integrating Hawaiian language translations and resources into reports allows CSH to expand its research beyond compliance and contribute further to the perpetuation of valuable knowledge.