“Dr Keao NeSmith is a PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Waikato, New Zealand). Born and raised on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawai‘i, Dr NeSmith has spent considerable time on various islands across Polynesia studying Polynesian languages and cultures. He speaks Hawaiian, Tahitian and Marquesan as well as English and French. Dr NeSmith taught at various universities, such as the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, l’Université de la Polynésie française in ‘Outumaoro, Tahiti, the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, but he spent most of his teaching career at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where he taught Hawaiian language, Hawaiian Studies, subjects on endangered language revitalization, and Tahitian language. He even taught at the secondary school level in Hawai‘i, at a Hawaiian immersion school in Puna, Hawai‘i and at a public high school in Waimea, Kaua‘i.
Dr NeSmith is involved in several projects focusing on the study, research, and restoration of ancient cultural and sacred sites on Kaua‘i, and works with the local government there to promote such preservation and educational initiatives among Kaua‘i communities. Professionally, Dr NeSmith is a consultant to the private and public sectors in Hawai‘i advising on the integration of Hawai‘i’s Polynesian heritage in the business models of commercial enterprises and in government initiatives. He therefore engages in research on Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures and languages regularly and travels extensively throughout Polynesia and abroad to conduct research and to teach about Polynesian heritage, languages, and cultures.”