Hawaiian language learning: It’s about culture, kuleana

Kenneth Palmer

HILO, Hawaii (KHON2) — Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke is on a mission to reaffirm that state’s commitment to Hawaiian language understanding. Luke frequented the Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Laboratory General public Constitution Faculty on Friday, Jan. 27.

In this pay a visit to, Luke learned 1st-hand the outstanding achievements but also the tremendous worries to educating preschool to superior faculty aged keiki.

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The Lt. Governor spent her day conversing to students and sharing her own experiences of learning and sharing her Korean language and society. She reported that it is integral to students to be equipped to speak in their personal culture’s language.

“The simple fact that we have a school that is committed to the Hawaiian language medium to discuss ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, it’s not just as easy as language by itself,” famous Luke. 

“It is definitely about studying about lifestyle and kuleana through language and the interaction that you have with kids as youthful as 3 years aged, pre-schoolers to 12th graders and for them to be energized about going to university and for them to learn the tradition and all the encounters that ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi delivers it was just so unbelievable,” described Luke.  

According to Lt. Gov. Luke, she expended the working day touring the campus with college students.

She also took the time to sit down with Hawaiian Instruction leaders in purchase to understand about the Hawaiian Medium Schooling Trainer Schooling Pipeline. This incorporated understanding about the do the job staying performed at ʻAha Pūnana Leo, the Hawaiian Medium preschool which will soon celebrate its 40 calendar year anniversary. .

“It is good to see how the assets that the Legislature dedicated in new many years for Hawaiian Language Medium are staying place to use,” claimed Luke.

“I am devoted to continuing attempts in this region simply because mother and father ought to not only have the decision but they have a constitutional appropriate to have their youngsters educated at a Hawaiian Language Medium preschool and past,” included Luke. 

“We’re genuinely content and very pleased that we made it this significantly. The commencing of the Pūnana Leo was genuinely about a desire and hoping to deal with the urgency of our native speakers passing away,” explained Kauanoe Kamanā, director of Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu.

“We are in fact reversing the detrimental effect of the overthrow of our govt 130 years ago by bringing our language back as a result of the voices of our kids and to see our Hawaiian worldview in all the things that they do,” mentioned Kamanā. 

In 1896, the Republic of Hawai’i, which was led by the U.S. industrialists who had overthrown the sovereign state of Hawai’i and its monarchy in 1893, enacted an English language choice act that fiscally punished faculties that taught in any language other than English.

This attempted and accurate method used for colonization was made use of in Hawai’i as a usually means of extirpating sovereignty from the individuals, replacing their history with a new, Euro-American-oriented 1.

According to Paul F. Nahoa Lucas — who wrote E Ola Mau Kākou I Ka ‘Ōlelo Makuahine: Hawaiian Language Policy and the Courts — universities used corporal punishment and social sanctions to deter learners from using ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i. Educational institutions began to ban its usage, and it was strictly forbidden to use ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i wherever inside of schoolyards or structures.

By 1917, Lucas observed that “[t]here is no little one below 15 a long time of age who can converse appropriately in the mother tongue of this land.”

In the 1970s, a resurgence commenced that pushed Indigenous Hawaiians to join with their lifestyle, heritage and kuleana. This led the Hawai’i Condition Legislature to realize ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i as the state’s official language in 1978.

In 1983, Aha Pūnana Leo was established by a smaller group of ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi educators who sought to revive ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi as a medium of instruction.

Today, the ʻImiloa is a Hawaiian Language Medium consortium chief that makes sure schooling property for the development of Hawaiian Medium Schooling all through the State of Hawaiʻi.  

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“The Lt. Governor plainly understands the require to perpetuate Hawaiian language and lifestyle as a result of our youngest learners,” said Kaʻiu Kimura, government director of ʻImiloa. “We appear forward to doing the job with her in her efforts to make preschool much more accessible to households seeking Hawaiian Medium Education.” 

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