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  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:01 PM

Marae hosts Hawaiian scholar's lu'au

Elton Smallman /
The lu'au at Kirikiriroa Marae is for Keao NeSmith, a native of Kauai, who is back in Hamilton to receive a doctorate for his work on the revitalisation of the Hawaiian language. Mr NeSmith teaches the Hawaiian language at the University of Hawai'i and has taken time off to come back for his graduation.
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 03:52 PM

Volunteers needed: Hawaiian typing project (video)

Teri Okita / Hawaii News Now
The ‘Ike ku'oko'a project aims to transfer dozens of historic, Hawaiian-language newspapers onto a computer database. Volunteers type the articles, verbatim, onto a special program created specifically for the project. Linguist Dion Poche is one of 3,500 volunteers. She says, "It's necessary, and I regret that it's being done so late in the game. I wish that this had been done ages ago, decades ago."
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 09:04 PM

Lawmakers Consider Olelo Hawaii Month Designation

Wendy Osher / Maui Now
Two state senate committees will hear a bill this afternoon seeking the designation of February as Olelo Hawaii Month to celebrate and encourage the use of the Hawaiian Language.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 09:43 PM

Na Puka Kula: Hawaiian Immersion Graduates

Martha Cheng / Honolulu Magazine
Some of the first graduates of the Hawaiian immersion schools have been out on their own in the adult world for a few years now. We caught up with four of them for their reflections on the schools, the language and their futures.
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 11:28 PM

Assessments for Hawaiian Language Immersion Focus of Bill

Wendy Osher / Maui Now
The House Committee on Finance will review a bill relating to Hawaiian language immersion today. The measure, introduced by Rep. Mele Carroll of Maui would require assessments administered to immersion students in grades 3-6 to be developed originally in the Hawaiian language.
  • Feb 18, 2012
  • 03:48 PM

Akaka commemorates ‘Month of the Hawaiian Language’

Hawaii 24/7
Since the first official designation in 1994, February has been a celebration of the Hawaiian language in Hawaii. However, this modern renaissance happened only after the Hawaiian language came close to extinction, and the people of Hawaii fought to preserve it.
  • Dec 25, 2011
  • 05:02 PM

Reviving The Hawaiian Language

Ray Tsuchiyama / The Maui News
...For example, once I discovered a community access channel program featuring a group of elderly Hawaiian men and women speak in the Hawaiian language, some very natural and flowing like a first language. I was mesmerized, imagining myself back in Hawaii two centuries ago, before the arrival of Captain James Cook and the English language...
  • Nov 29, 2011
  • 08:17 PM

Volunteers begin typing 60K Hawaiian-language newspaper pages for preservation project

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher / The Republic
Using volunteer typists is necessary after funding for a Bishop Museum project ran out and because no computer software program is precise enough to handle the Hawaiian language, said Kaui Sai-Dudoit, outreach program manager. The Hawaiian alphabet has eight consonants and five vowels in words of native origin. The consonants are H, K, L, M, N, P, W, plus the okina, or glottal stop. The five vowels are: A, E, I, O and U.
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 12:08 PM

The Politics of Digitizing Hawaiian language newspapers

Kenneth R. Conklin / Hawaii Reporter
...But this particular project has all the signs of being political rather than scholarly. It's part of an effort to twist historical fact in support of a Hawaiian sovereignty agenda. It's very sad that the revival of the beautiful Hawaiian language has increasingly been hijacked by sovereignty activists who use it as a political weapon.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 11:17 AM

3,000 Volunteers Needed to Bring Historical Hawaiian Language Newspapers to the Internet

Hawaii Reporter
HONOLULU, HAWAII – Awaiaulu, Inc., a local non-profit organization, is seeking 3,000 volunteers from around the world to participate in a unique nation-building initiative that aims to make 60,000 pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers accessible via the Internet. Participants can sign up to hand-type pages of newspaper copy currently housed in Hawai’i archival collections as originals and microfilmed images.
  • Aug 13, 2011
  • 01:40 PM

Hawaiian Language Greeting Launched at Molokai Airport

Sonia Isotov / Maui Now
Launched earlier this month, the greeting at Molokai Airport is a part of the Hawaiian Tourism Authority’s statewide Hawaiian Language Airport Greeting Program to integrate the Hawaiian language into the visitor experience.
  • May 27, 2011
  • 06:48 PM

Hawaiian Educators Spread Immersion Message in Washington

Wendy Osher / Maui Now
Several Native Hawaiian educators traveled to Washington today to offer testimony on culture-based education. The witnesses discussed their success with Hawaiian immersion schools, and spoke on ways to replicate the programs in native communities across the nation.
  • May 16, 2011
  • 08:23 PM

Hawaiian Language Lives On

Mark Hayden / Molokai Dispatch
`Olelo Hawaii filled the Molokai High School Hawaiian Immersion graduation ceremony, and dozens of lei rose to the noses of the graduates last Friday evening. The ceremony was the culmination of five students’ knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture...
  • Apr 19, 2011
  • 01:20 AM

In the Fight for Language Survival, Technology Helps Shift the Balance of Power

Nataly Kelly / Huffington Post
It's a travesty, really. International Mother Language Day is celebrated just once per year, but languages face extinction every single day. But there's hope. I recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. David Harrison, director of research for the non-profit Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.