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ʻʻI am very happy

to have found this program, as I love the Hawaiian language. This program has allowed me to progress in the studying, understanding and speaking of the the Hawaiian language in ways I would not have available to me otherwise.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻI enjoy this

distance learning program, because I can do the lessons when I'm need to find parking...I'm right at home. This program is good for me..a kupuna...keeps the mind alert.” -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

ʻʻI first visited Hawaiʻi

in 2001. Like many other malihini, I immediately fell in love with EVERYTHING Hawaiian. Your program was recommended to me, I signed up for the first class, and have been very happy with the progress I have made since. If one is willing and able to invest the time in study, there is much to be gained from this type of learning environment. It is also a great outreach tool on behalf of a proud and beautiful culture and language. The staff (all of whom I someday hope to meet in person) are dedicated, aloha-filled, and very helpful folks who have blessed and enriched my life, and I highly recommend the Niuolahiki Distance Learning Program to anyone interested in learning the language of Hawaiʻi.” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻI have experienced

the deep aloha my online kumu (and all connected with the program) have for the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and culture through their desire and willingness to share so much with me. They give me the confidence and tools to continue and know that I definitely can accomplish my goal through my Niuolahiki online class.” -Likolani T., Everett, WA., Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

ʻʻI have learned

so much by participating in this distance learning program. I travel a lot for work, and I can take my lessons with me in the hotel!” -Niuolahiki Teacher-directed Student

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

ʻʻI must say

that I am thoroughly enjoying this course. I have been trying to learn to speak Hawaiian for what seems forever. In fact, I just about gave up when I received an email inviting me to visit ʻAha Pūnana Leo's website for the Hawaiian language and to look at the course being offered. I have taken courses in the past that didn't pan out. I had to drop the courses because of the distance I had to drive every week to attend classes; or they were for one day only, or after two or three classes they would be canceled. Very frustrating! It's wonderful that I can now learn at my own pace and in the comfort of my home.” -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

ʻʻI was raised

during the time when the language was not taught in the home. My mother spoke the language fluently and my tūtū guys spoke no English. How can it be that we were never taught the language of our ancestors? The answer to that question is, “because it was a time when to speak Hawaiian was frowned on and not encouraged.” We all know that era and many of us who grew up during that time are now seeking to learn the language. This course is giving us the chance we never had. It is filling that void that we had no say in as we grew up. I thank ʻAha Pūnana Leo for stepping up and creating this language course. So many more of us will now learn to speak the Hawaiian language and have that much more of a chance to teach our future generations. And yes, the Hawaiian language will live on for generations to come.” -Māwae C., Niuolahiki Self-directed Student

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