Niuolahiki Testimonials

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

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ʻʻI have taken

a number of distance learning courses in the past but none have been a language course. I was a little skeptical about how I could possibly learn to speak ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi via the internet. However, the course materials were wonderful and I have learned not only the language but more about the Hawaiian culture. The kumu for the course was extremely helpful and I was amazed by how much I learned in a few short months! I am very thankful to ʻAha Pūnana Leo for giving me the opportunity to learn so much. Since I live on the U.S. continent, it would have been impossible for me to start mastering the language without them.” -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

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

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

ʻʻI feel privileged

to have had the opportunity to take the courses I have taken so far with the teachers I have been able to learn from. Thank you for continuing this long-distance learning program.” -Polinahe A., Roswell, GA., Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

“The Pūnana Leo

Hawaiian Language Online Classes are very helpful & educational. These classes and lessons teach you the fundamentals to learn to use & speak Hawaiian Language in contemporary daily use. I found these lessons to be extremely helpful, I never knew about the different rules for arranging sentences & phrases, can't wait to learn more! Maikaʻi, A Hui Hou!” -Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

“This provides

extra tutoring and review for my HAW101, 102 college courses.” -Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

“I am so very

excited to have begun learning Hawaiian Language. I am part Hawaiian so this is a deeply satisfying personal goal of mine, being of Hawaiian ancestry and a young adult living in Hawaiʻi during the 21st century, when everything here in Hawaiʻi is very much so Westernized, and as we speak, the times are continuing to change with the latest inventions in technology, such as the internet and computers, it’s nice to be able to have access and learn with all these new tools. And it’s also nice to see that the Hawaiian language is “Keeping up with the Joneses.” From my mokuna and haʻawina I am still very intrigued at how specific the rules of Hawaiian Language are and how actually complex they can be, and all of this to me is a natural indicator that our ancestors and kūpuna were greatly, greatly akamai in preserving and constructing a language all their own, that is still so very alive today! ʻĀ ʻoia! E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!” -Mona O., Hilo, HI., Niuolahiki self-directed Student

“I hope to

inspire others who may be just like me, curious and perhaps who’ve wanted to learn but never did. Once they find out how automated and computer friendly the language can be obtained, their manaʻo might be influenced to go ahead and try it. I’ve always wanted to learn more of the language but the paths of life flow and I never got around to it until I took it upon myself to research on the internet. I knew ʻAha Pūnana Leo is one of the largest supporters and founders of Hawaiian language learning academically impacting the state and country with the ʻōlelo. It was on your website where I saw your distance learning program opportunity to learn Hawaiian language and my mind was made up instantly. Thank you for being you and all of the ʻohana who are a part of ʻAha Pūnana Leo and all of its branches as well as for your kōkua in preserving the fluency in the ways of our ancestors, thank you for making the difference and being a part of something that is special, unique and magical!” -Mona O., Hilo, HI., Niuolahiki self-directed Student

“I don’t think

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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