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New Hawaiian Language Program

Ka Hale Hoaka News Release

Ka Hale Hoaka, an online Hawaiian school co-founded by Molokai’s Maile Naehu, is pleased to announce its new ‘Olelo Hawaii program, designed for adults who are interested in learning beginner-level Hawaiian language from the comfort of their home.

The ‘Olelo Hawaii program is taught by “Kumu Maile” Naehu. She is a Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist, and community organizer from the island of Molokai. Naehu has taught in Hawaiian immersion, for Kamehameha Schools, and is currently a resource teacher for the Hawaii Department of Education.

“After growing up not completely connected to my Hawaiian culture, I had a strong pull to build an understanding of my cultural identity right after high school,” explained Naehu. “In college, I immersed myself into Hawaiian studies, and made learning and educating others about Hawaiian culture my life’s work. I’m thrilled to have this ability with Ka Hale Hoaka to share my knowledge with anyone in Hawaii and around the globe who is interested in learning.”

Ka Hale Hoaka’s ‘Olelo Hawai‘i program offers three learning paths:

Pau Hana Weekend: Spend a Friday evening and Saturday with Kumu Maile, and enjoy four hours of live course instruction. The crash courses were March 12-13.

Papa Makua: Enjoy 12 pre-recorded sessions with Kumu Maile, and learn at your own pace.

Hui Makua: Experience a 12-week live course with Kumu Maile, and explore a deeper dive into Hawaiian culture, learning oli (chanting), mele (song), hula, and mo‘olelo (storytelling) in addition to Hawaiian language. Each weekly course is 45 minutes. The first lesson will start on April 13 at 6 p.m.

Adults of all ethnic backgrounds and geographical locations are invited to learn with Ka Hale Hoaka. Additional programs include a Keiki Program and Ke Ao Nei, a science course.

For more information or to sign up for ‘Olelo Hawai‘i, visit kahalehoaka.com/makua.

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