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I have ever felt so inspired by my Hawaiian culture until I enrolled in this class--Niuolahiki. For so long I have searched for that one thing that makes me feel so proud of my Hawaiian heritage and I found it. Thank you ʻAha Pūnana Leo for creating this program and offering it to those kānaka ma ka ʻāina ʻē. Nothing has made me more proud to be Hawaiian than to learn the language of my ancestors. Since my first class, the Hawaiian language has become a part of my every day life. I find ways to incorporate it into my home life and I enjoy practicing with my children. I can teach them what I have learned and give them a stronger foundation of the Hawaiian culture than what I had growing up. The language is the source and I will pass that on to my keiki. ʻO ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ke kumu o ka poʻe Hawaiʻi a pono au e hāʻawi aku i ka ʻiʻini loa i kuʻu mau keiki e holomua ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. He kuleana kēia noʻu iho.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

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