ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is the sound of this ʻāina, the soul of this ʻāina. We are decades and even generations into the revitalization of our language, and it is something that everyone should speak if they feel a connection to this place. Individual efforts and organizational strengths have ensured that our language is again reverberating across our pae ʻāina. Be part of the movement. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!
E kūkulu i ke kahua!
Just getting started?
Not too maʻa to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi? No problem! Here are some great basic resources to start laying the foundation for your language learning. You’re never too old (or too young) to start!
Ka Leo ‘ŌiwiA free 13-episode web series
Ka Leo ‘Ōiwi
Ka Leo ʻŌiwi is a free, fun, and engaging 13-episode web series that will take you through basic Hawaiian lessons using mele, cultural practices, and special guests.
KulāiwiA free 24-lesson web series
Kulāiwi is a free 24-lesson web series hosted by ʻEkela Kanīʻaupiʻo Crozier that teaches ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi using guest speakers and vignettes of real-life speaking situations.
NiuolahikiSelf-directed online lessons
Niuolahiki provides self-directed and live virtual environments for all age groups developed by ʻAha Pūnana Leo.
Basic HawaiianAn online learning system
Basic Hawaiian is a paid online learning system that teaches the basics of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with audio and video examples, offline ʻohana activities, mele, and more. Developed under the supervision of Dr. Kū Kahakalau.
Hālau ‘ŌleloAn online language school
Hālau ʻŌlelo is an online Hawaiian language school offering public or private instruction. Based in East Orange, New Jersey, it is led by B. Kainoa Embernate, a graduate of Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani.
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i ‘Oe?Useful phrases and vocabulary
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i ‘Oe?
We are creating basic sheets of useful phrases for everyday situations. Whether you‘re out shopping, at work, or find yourself in the classroom, we hope these starter phrases are helpful. Let us know what you’d like to see, and check back often!
DuolingoLearn Hawaiian anywhere, anytime
Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform worldwide, with over 300 million users and the mission of making education free and accessible to everyone. Start learning ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i today!
‘Ōlelo OnlineAn online language classroom
He wahi kūpono ʻo ʻŌlelo Online no ka poʻe e hoʻomaka ana e aʻo i ka ʻōlelo.
LehulehuA free word game full of fun!
Lehulehu is an iOS based Hawaiian word game app for up to 25 players at a single time. An Android version coming soon. Play it today, for free!
ManomanoBuild your own flashcards
Manomano.io is an iOS Hawaiian dictionary app featuring a Word of the Day, and the ability to build your own flashcards. Get started today!
E Ho‘opili MaiFree, online, and fun!
E Ho‘opili mai
E Ho‘opili Mai is an online Hawaiian language resource that provides basic ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i lessons and curriculum that you can use and incorporate into your everyday life. Keiki to kupuna are welcome!
Kealopiko Mo‘oleloResources to practice your Hawaiian language
Kealopiko is providing Hawaiian language content with English translations produced for free, and is organized thematically for your convenience. Check it out!
KealaleoTuition based learning for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners
Kumu Kā‘eo Izon provides instruction in Hawaiian and English without the use of metalanguage with holoholo and mānaleo sessions to complement learning.
EA E-learningTuition based learning for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners
Taught by the Hawaiian practitioners and culture-based education experts of Kū-a-kanaka, these courses are designed to help Native Hawaiians to increase their ʻike Hawaiʻi. Get started today!
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Mau LoaTuition based learning for beginning and intermediate learners
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Mau Loa
A Hawaiian language course that teaches the basic structures using visual examples of common daily tasks. Check out the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Mau Loa online community.
Nā Kai ‘EwaluOnline videos based on the textbook Nā Kai ‘Ewalu
Nā Kai ‘Ewalu
These online lessons by Kumu Ahonui are based on the Hawaiian language textbook Nā Kai ʻEwalu – Book 1 (Chapters 1-10) published by UH-Hilo.
Ka ‘AlalāOnline podcast
Ka ʻalalā he manu leo nui. He leo hoʻokikina kēia i ka poʻe i mākaukau i kēia ʻōlelo a me ka poʻe e ʻiʻine nei i ia ʻōlelo e hoʻohana i ka ʻōlelo i nā manawa me nā wahi a pau. Mai haʻalele i ka ʻike i loaʻa. E hoʻopili i nā leo o nā kūpuna i like kā kākou ʻōlelo me kā lākou.
Ka Hale HoakaTuition-based learning for keiki and ʻohana
Ka Hale Hoaka
An online course for your whole family that uses dance, music, and engaging storytelling to pass on timeless Hawaiian wisdom…and have tons of fun while doing it!
Cheat Sheets for BeginnersUseful phrases for work, school, and shopping
Cheat Sheets for Beginners
Don’t know where to start? No worries beef curries, we got you with this printable set of handy cheat sheets containing useful phrases for classroom, work, and shopping.
Want to suggest something useful for beginners?
E luʻu iho!
If you are ready for a deeper dive into ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, check out some of these online sources!
WeheweheOnline Hawaiian dictionaries
Searchable Hawaiian Dictionaries, including the Pukui-Elbert, Māmaka Kaiao, the Parkers and Andrews dictionaries, Place Names of Hawaiʻi, and Hawaiian Place Names.
KumukahiOnline cultural resources
Kumukahi is a searchable repository of educational videos and resources that cover a wide range of topics from places to practices, featuring practitioners and kamaʻāina, focusing on living Hawaiian culture.
Ka Leo Hawai‘iRecordings of native speakers
Ka Leo Hawai‘i
Ka Leo Hawaiʻi Radio Show: Features recordings of the 1972-1988 Ka Leo Hawaiʻi (The Voice of Hawaiʻi) radio show, in which native speakers and Hawaiian-language learners interact and discuss various topics.
Nupepa HawaiiTopical translations of nupepa articles
A blog that features numerous translations of articles from the Hawaiian-language newspapers on a wide variety of topics.
The Clinton Kanahele CollectionMānaleo interviews from 1970
The Clinton Kanahele Collection
The Clinton Kanahele Collection features interviews with mānaleo done in 1970, including downloadable audio files and transcripts.
AvakonohikiAncestral visions of ‘āina
Ancestral Visions of ʻĀina includes land and map research, land documents such as Native and Foreign testimony, Land Commission Award (LCA) index and searches, and video presentations by Dr. Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa on various cultural topics.
Papakilo DatabaseA vast searchable database
Papakilo is a searchable database maintained by OHA that allows you to search genealogy indexes, historic sites, GIS information, the Māhele index, Hawaiian-language newspapers, Hawaiian place names, maps, records, and periodicals/reports.
KeaolamaSummaries of daily news in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i
Keaolama features a summary of the daily news in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, ending with a pertinent ʻōlelo noʻeau, or proverb.
ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo OlaA video library of current events
ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola
ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola: A video library of current events and stories of interest covered ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
NupepaSearchable database of Hawaiian-language newspapers
Searchable database of Hawaiian-language newspapers from 1834-1948.
Manomano.ioAn online tool for language
A Hawaiian to English dictionary that has a word of the day feature and also allows you to build flashcard decks.
UlukauAn online repository of materials
Ulukau is a large repository of materials and separate databases including genealogical information, the Hawaiian Bible, mele, and more. Browse their collection of historical and contemporary Hawaiian-language books.
‘Ai KoleOnline ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i conversations
Enjoy listening in on ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi conversations with friends from throughout the paeʻāina. Hosted by Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier. This link is to a schedule of numerous online Hawaiʻi programs, including ʻAi Kole.
Listen to mānaleo from across the pae ʻāina share moʻolelo and mele of ʻāina, traditions, history, and much more. These audio interviews, with some transcripts, were conducted by Larry Lindsey Kauanoe Kimura from 1972 to 1988 for the “Ka Leo Hawaiʻi” radio program. Hear dialectal differences, traditional phone greetings, ʻōlelo noʻeau, humor, a ia mea aku, ia mea aku e ulu ai ka hoi. Perform topic/word searches. This collection is part of Ulukau.org. E nenea ka pepeiao i nā leo o ka ʻāina!
Mānaleo in Ka‘iwakīloumokuVideo recordings of Mānaleo
Mānaleo in Ka‘iwakīloumokuEight episodes of precious ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi conversations with mānaleo.
KauakūkalahaleEditorial columns by Lāiana Wong and friends
Kauakūkalahale‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi editorial columns by Lāiana Wong and friends published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and archived in this website.
ʻŌleloflixCrowdsourcing ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi captions for Netflix shows and films
What if you could watch your favorite Netflix movie or show in ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi? ‘Ōleloflix allows Netflix subscribers to watch, translate or dub any Netflix offering into Hawaiian.
Want to suggest something?
E liko a lau a pua a‘e
Creating Lifelong Learners
In the forest that is our ʻōlelo, these are some of the old growth trees that have created space for others to grow. So if you are a parent who wishes to have their child nurtured by our ʻōlelo or you just want to explore more ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi-centered education choices, reach out to the organizations listed here.
‘Aha Pūnana LeoHawaiian immersion preschools
‘Aha Pūnana Leo
The ʻAha Pūnana Leo is a Native Hawaiian nonprofit that was established in 1983 to revitalize the Hawaiian language.
Kula KaiapuniHawaiian immersion K-12 schools
A listing of the contact information and websites of the Kaiapuni schools administered by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education.
Hawaiian-Focused ChartersK-12 Hawaiian-focused charter schools
A listing of all public charter schools in the state, including the Hawaiian-focused kula, with links to their websites and a short description of their mission.
‘Aha KauleoA statewide council for nā kula Kaiapuni
The ‘Aha Kauleo is a council that meets quarterly throughout the school year to address specific issues relating to Kaiapuni schools and Hawaiian education.
Ka Haka ʻUla O KeʻelikōlaniCollege of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo
Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani
Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani is the Hawaiian-language program at UH-Hilo. Their website includes the degrees they offer, their course descriptions, and other language resources.
KawaihuelaniCenter for Hawaiian language at UH Mānoa
Kawaihuelani is the Center for Hawaiian Language at UH-Mānoa. Their website lists the degrees they offer, the courses taught there, and projects and publications that they are involved with.
Want to suggest something?
E hui pū!
Let’s Get Together!
We would love to see more spaces created for people to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi outside of school and the classroom, so if you are a business or community organization that wants to host an event or series of events, contact us here. Kanaeokana will back events from chosen businesses with resources, promote the business and events on our social media channels, and drive customers your way as well.
Are you a vendor, business, or hui that wants to get in on the action? Download the vendor starter kit and see how it works!
‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Cheat Sheets
Donʻt know where to start? No worries beef curries, we got you covered with this cheat sheet for shopping and a bunch of others for surfing, for work, and in the classroom.
Write Your Checks in Hawaiian
Want to write your checks in Hawaiian? Check out this handy resource provided by ‘Aha Punana Leo.
Are you an active, ʻeleu, and experienced ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi speaker? We are hoping to use this platform to put folks like you in contact with folks who feel the strong ʻiʻini to learn and live our ʻōlelo. We’d also love to connect you with the interested businesses and community organizations who want to put on ʻōlelo events so that they can get guidance from the people in the community who are already doing the work.
E holomua kākou!
ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is modern and mobile! It connects us to our past, present, and future, and we can take it wherever we go!
Feed Me! is a free app available for iOS devices. Ke Ao Nani, and other ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and cuture-based apps like it, coming soon!
Learn Hawaiian anywhere, anytime!
Join the 600,000 people learning ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i on duolingo
In an effort to share ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i with keiki, kūpuna, and everyone in between, throughout the islands and around the globe, Kanaeokana and Kamehameha Schools have partnered with the language education platform Duolingo to make Hawaiian language accessible to a larger community of people who are eager to learn it. Start learning today, for free!
Hawaiian language captioning for Netflix?
ʻŌleloflix is an ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi lāhui-sourced captioning and dubbing platform. It allows anyone—you— to contribute to Hawaiian language renormalization and learning efforts, and makes enjoying movies in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi a reality! With the click of the button, the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi captioned and dubbed movies are made available to people who have installed the ʻŌleloflix Chrome Extension and watch movies on popular streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video.
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