Stories from Native Speakers
Our favorite week of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month is the first week because we that is when we celebrate the leo kūpuna - the voices that kept our language alive and taught the teachers who taught us. We strive to keep alive the loina ʻōlelo (language norms) exemplified in their speech, as this is what makes our language unique; different from English or any other language. The way our kūpuna saw the world is wrapped up in how they talk and the best way to learn about that is to listen to them! Choose a kūpuna below to listen to.