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Site: Niuolahiki Online Learning
Course: Niuolahiki Online Learning (Niuolahiki Online Learning)
Glossary: Niuolahiki Testimonials
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ʻʻIt has been a

wonderful experience for me to learn the Hawaiian language online these past few years, and has become one of the most important events in my life. Learning the language as an adult is sometimes a challenge, but the rewards have been tremendous. Nothing gives me greater joy than to know I am a part of the revitalization and perpetuation of the Hawaiian language and that I am doing my part in the endeavor to revive the language from near extinction.” -Pohonui K., Olympia, WA., Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻIt is my greatest

hope that the Hawaiian language of our ancestors once more flourishes on the Hawaiian Islands and continues to reach out, embrace, and join hands with those abroad. The online classes at Niuolahiki are an integral part of connecting those of Hawaiian ancestry and others who are connected to Hawaiʻi through their aloha, to the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people - their beloved language. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! The Hawaiian language shall live!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻLearning Hawaiian

in a structured manner is the biggest plus of this program - this makes the whys of the language very transparent, and therefore makes it easier to apply.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻLiving on the

U.S. continent, there are few opportunities for studying Hawaiian. These courses helped give me a foundation and the beginning of understanding the language and the culture. Excellent way to deepen one's appreciation for hula and Hawaiian music. Mahalo nunui!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻMahalo nui loa

for all your dedication to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and to the preservation of the unique and beautiful Hawaiian culture. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! The Hawaiian language shall live!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻMy kumu and several

of my hula brothers and sisters are taking the classes and they are thoroughly enjoying them! One hula sister says it has really helped her understand the mele and oli we learn, and helps her appreciate our dancing even more. Mahalo.” -Mary D., Napa, CA., Niuolahiki Self-directed Student


keeps me on track and making progress in a way that fits into my schedule.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻNiuolahiki is

an exceptional program! It's so exciting to be able to learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with such great resources and teachers. I have learned so much and am so grateful for a program like this!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻNiuolahiki is an

exceptional program! It's so exciting to be able to learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with such great resources and teachers. I have learned so much and am so grateful for a program like this!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻStudying a language

alone is very challenging and a lack of learning materials for Hawaiian means that it is easy to soon give up. The distance learning program is much more than an online textbook with writing and listening exercises. It is the ideal situation of a living community of teachers and classmates who help push each other along in learning Hawaiian. If you soon give up or think you will never learn the language, give this community a try! I am here to stay!” -ʻAnalū C., Fukuoka, Japan, Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThe classes are

stimulating. I especially appreciate the clarity of the speakers. I am hearing impaired but I have no problems understanding the spoken words. The speakers are very articulate in their enunciation of each word.” -Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

ʻʻThe distance learning

program was nice since I live In Tennessee and I can still take this Hawaiian course. Mahalo for the wonderful experience.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThe main reason

why I moved to Hawaiʻi after starting my formal Hawaiian language education with ʻAha Pūnana Leo’s distance learning program (while living in California), is to cultivate the bilingual cultural values that existed prior to the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.” -Malulani O., Kailua-Kona, HI., Past Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student and Current OHA Trustee At-Large Candidate

ʻʻThe Niuolahiki

Hawaiian Language Program has surpassed all of my expectations for its effectiveness in teaching the structure and pronunciation of the Hawaiian Language.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThe Niuolahiki program

gave me a wonderful insight into ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Although I am not from Hawaiʻi, this program has become an important part in my daily life. Mahalo nunui! Aloha!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThe Niuolahiki program is

an excellent way for beginning students to learn Hawaiian because the underlying structure of the language is clearly explained. Understanding the reasons behind the grammar has given me confidence that I am using the language properly. I recommend the course for any age (and I am 49!).” -Kekoa L., Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThe program has

enhanced my learning so much!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThe work that

goes into offering these courses is enormous, I am sure. I thank everyone in the Niuolahiki program, and at ʻAha Pūnana Leo. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. The Hawaiian language shall live!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThese classes have

deepened my understanding of hula and the Hawaiian culture. I appreciate the supportive approach taken by the instructors.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThis class was

very effective and taught me very much about not only Hawaiian language but also Hawaiian culture.” -Niuolahiki Self-directed High School Student

ʻʻThis course is

a relatively easy way to become more paʻa with the Hawaiian language and to better appreciate the Hawaiian culture.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThis distance learning

program has been an awesome experience. I have not only learned the grammatical basis of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi but have been able to start learning how to speak it appropriately.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThis program

is terrific. Now I have a solid foundation in my study of the Hawaiian language. On to the next level!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThis program for

online learning is important. These are hard working teachers who are dedicated to spreading the knowledge of learning the Hawaiian Language. They are passionate about their role in teaching. They are a wealth of knowledge, cultural and tradition. What better way to learn this beautiful language? The importance of their message should be shared with everyone. There is no way that I could fulfill my dream without them.” -Pat G., Cape May, NJ., Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

ʻʻThis program has

allowed me to learn Hawaiian properly and quickly because it ties the language to the culture and Hawaiian point of view. The classes are the next best thing to being there in Hilo, because of the inventive methods used. Their creative approach, using voice files and telecommunication, has let me speak Hawaiian with people from Germany to Japan and around the U.S., improving my conversational skills as well as making friends. The teachers understand the challenges and are always very encouraging. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate.” -Kalā W., Hamden, CT., Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻThis program is

highly recommended for anyone who desires to keep the Hawaiian language and culture alive.” -Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

ʻʻThis self-directed

distance learning program has provided myself and family with the opportunity to remain a part of the meaningful movement to fully reestablish the Hawaiian language despite living now in Canada. With greatest appreciation, mahalo nui loa, E Ola!” -Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

ʻʻThis was my first

course and I loved it - I got over my fear of technology and learned the value of distance learning through a truly sophisticated and thoughtful program. Because I have a busy schedule, I appreciated the flexibility, the immediate and feedback on homework, and the way that my teacher was able to give personal comments on assignments and questions. I would not hesitate to continue as a student and thank ʻAha Pūnana Leo for this service to all of us who love Hawaiʻi and live far away.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻWe had the

great pleasure of meeting Aunty ʻEkekela, Kēhaulani, and Janice last week in the workshop for our new school, Paʻa, here in San Diego. They really had a big part in helping us find our sense of place, who we are and where we want to be. And learning the Hawaiian language is one of our first steps. We will never forget everything that they taught to us during their time in San Diego and we promise to do our best to pass that knowledge on so that it will not be forgotten or lost. We love them with all our heart and we owe a lot of thanks to them for everything! We are hoping to move back home someday soon and enroll our keiki in the Pūnana Leo schools before they get any older. That is our goal, but for now we are so thankful that we have Paʻa. Mahalo again to everyone that has worked so hard to put all these programs together. It really means more than we can describe with words.” -ʻOhana Eaton, San Diego, CA., Ke Ola O Ka Mauli Workshop August 2010 Participants