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E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi–The Hawaiian Language Shall Live

Learning Hawaiian

Aloha and welcome to Niuolahiki! The ʻAha Pūnana Leo is proud to offer self-directed online Hawaiian language lessons. Our new chapter lessons are:
  • User friendly: One click and the interactive lessons begin.
  • Self-paced: You control the flow of learning material.
  • Convenient: Enroll and study at anytime from anywhere.
  • Affordable: $30.00 per chapter, pay-as-you-go.

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If you have any questions or need assistance:

If you forgot your password, reset your password HERE. Your username will always be your email address. If you are still unsure on how to enroll into a class, please review our short How to Enroll tutorial.

The first initial chapters of 25 total Nā Kai ʻEwalu chapters are currently available for purchase (pay-as-you-go, chapter-by-chapter). You can register and begin at anytime. Payment is made via a secure connection to PayPal either via your PayPal account or via credit or debit card. Once payment is complete, you are automatically re-directed to the class page and can begin immediately. Upon successful completion of a chapter exam, you are eligible to receive a beautiful certificate of completion (one per chapter) via email for each self-directed chapter acknowledging your effort and commitment.

You will enjoy online learning if you answer “Yes” to the following:

  • I like working and learning on a computer.
  • I am self-disciplined enough to follow lessons on my own.
  • I am comfortable learning independently. Not being able to see the instructor face-to-face does not bother me.

Learn more about our self-directed courses in detail under the “Course categories” column to the left. Bundle specials are also available.

After looking closer at the the history of Hawaiʻi and her language, we hope that you will consider learning Hawaiian with us. Your participation in these classes contribute to the efforts to revitalize Hawaiian as a daily spoken language. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. The Hawaiian language shall live.

Become a part of our growing online ʻohana today! Kākou like nō hoʻi! Join us!

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PLEASE BE ADVISED. Niuolahiki will be down for maintenance this Thursday evening, 8/24/17, from 11:45pm HST to 6am Friday morning, 8/25/17. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any haʻawina due this Thursday evening, please make sure to submit your haʻawina before 11:45pm HST. Mahalo for your hoʻomanawanui during this time.

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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi–The revival of the Hawaiian language, which was at one point nearly extinct, is now being used as a model for how other indigenous languages can be revitalized... (more)


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a treasure for those of us living on the continent wanting to learn the language of our kūpuna. Since we don't have access to classroom instruction here, these courses give us a rare opportunity. They are a real blessing.” -Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

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About Niuolahiki
ʻAha Pūnana Leo’s Niuolahiki program is named for a legendary coconut tree. In the story, Niu-ola-hiki, in the form of a coconut tree, transports his grandchild on a journey from Hawai‘i to a distant land far across the ocean. Just as this far-reaching coconut tree transports his grandchild to far-away lands, the Niuolahiki Distance Learning Program extends its culturally rooted language program throughout the world. Students of the program reside throughout Hawai‘i and the U.S. continent as well as South America, Europe and Asia.

Coursework for the program is based on the newly revised version of the textbook, Nā Kai ‘Ewalu, written by Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā and Dr. William H. “Pila” Wilson available exclusively for a limited time to our self-directed online learners.

Niu ‘Ō‘io is the jelly-like consistency of the flesh of very young coconuts. Lessons from the textbook Nā Kai ‘Ewalu are taught at this introductory level.

Niu Haohao refers to the soft milky consistency of maturing coconuts, sometimes referred to as “spoon-meat” coconut. Conversational skills will be taught at this intermediate level.

Niu ‘Ilikole refers to the flesh of a half-ripe coconut. Advanced lessons (currently in development) will be taught at this level.

Niuolahiki proudly carries on the work started by Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language back in 2002.

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