Niuolahiki Testimonials

Puka mai nā manaʻo kākoʻo like ʻole mai nā haumāna Niuolahiki mai i kēlā me kēia ʻeʻe ʻana.

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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 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

ʻʻI am a hula dancer

in Canada and have fallen in love with beauty of the Hawaiian language used in many of the songs and chants that I perform. The Niuolahiki program is essential for anyone who wants to learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. The skills I have learned in such a short time have greatly increased my ability to speak Hawaiian. I even started dreaming in the Hawaiian language! I plan on continuing my studies with this program and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone! It's a real gift to be able to study online with this program! Mahalo nui loa!” -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

ʻʻI am a fan!

Your methodological approach to teaching the language makes it very accessible to anyone with interest. I am a firm believer that for adults, learning the grammar first, makes the success of immersion significantly higher. Given our schedules, not all of us can attend a physical course, but the Niuolahiki course, making use of technology makes this all possible. The program is great!” -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

ʻʻI am enjoying

very much the new version of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi on-line! It is easy to access with just a simple web browser and all the information I need to get immersed in the beautiful Hawaiian language is right there. I found that knowing a little Hawaiian made my visit to the Islands much more meaningful - I started seeing words and phrases in many contexts that allowed me to appreciate Hawaiian culture in ways that is not possible without a sense for the language. Me ka mahalo from a grateful haumāna.” -ʻIkepela H., Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

ʻʻI was just telling

a friend how much I preferred this way of learning because I need to review the lessons a LOT before I feel I've absorbed it, and this way lets me pause, reread and review the material without feeling like I'm holding others back as I would in a regular classroom. Also, I like that I can fit it into my day when I have the time and can concentrate, rather than rushing to a class at a certain time in some other part of town. I really do love this! Mahalo.” -Sue M., San Francisco, CA., Niuolahiki Self-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

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