Keola Donaghy

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Joseph Keola Donaghy is a faculty member in the music department at University of Hawai‘i Maui College and assists with the administration of the Institute of Hawaiian Music. A very active member of the Hawaiian music community, he holds a PhD in Music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa (New Zealand). His thesis is “The Language Is The Music: Perceptions of Authority and Authenticity in Hawaiian Language Composition and Vocal Performance,” the result of an ethnographic inquiry that engaged seventeen practitioners of haku mele (Hawaiian language poetic composition) and vocal performance in discussions about recordings of their choosing. You may visit his web site at