Aloha nō Kākou!
ʻO au ʻo Maluhia. ʻO Emily kaʻu wahine. ʻO Pili lāua ʻo Kaʻihi kā māua mau keiki a ʻo ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ka ʻōlelo ʻohana no mākou. No laila, ke launa mākou me ʻoukou, e ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi mai iā mākou. He aloha mākou i ka ʻōlelo kupa a kākou. Hoʻoikaika māua ʻo kaʻu wahine i kā māua ʻōlelo i kēlā me kēia lā a makemake māua e kākoʻo i nā kānaka like ʻole ma ke aʻo a me ka hoʻoikaika ʻana i kā kākou ʻōlelo.
No mākou, kālele a nānā mākou i ke kumu no ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, ʻo ka poʻe i hānau a hānai ʻia ma ka ʻōlelo ke kumu. ʻO lākou ka poʻe i loaʻa ka ʻōlelo makuahine mai ko lākou poʻe kūpuna a poʻe mākua mai a hiki aku iā lākou me ka mō ʻole o ka piko, ʻo ia ka ʻōlelo kahiko o Hawaiʻi. ʻAʻole o kana mai ko mākou mahalo iā Tuti Kanahele, Kahea Faria a me Ipo Kanahele Wong no ko lākou ʻae ʻana mai iā mākou e hoʻoluhi aku iā lākou no kā mākou aʻo ʻana iho i ka ʻōlelo mai iā lākou mai, ka poʻe i hānau a hānai ʻia ma ka ʻōlelo ola o ko lākou poʻe kūpuna.
In your lifetime, have you ever had the desire to learn Hawaiian?
I donʻt know you personally, but my guess is that if youʻre reading this then the answer to my question is "yes."
Your desire is probably a result of a experience that resonated with your identity. It could stem from immersion preschool, years in high school, semesters in college. It might come from hearing your tūtū speak, reading street signs as you drive by them, having nieces or nephews with names you can't pronounce. You might be Hawaiian. You might live in Hawaii.
For Malu and I, we've had multiple moments in our lives where the thought crossed our minds, but the moment it stuck was the day we decided to have kids. That was October of 2016 and now, years later we're still learning and so grateful that we started the journey.
Thatʻs what our work in our home, my work as an artist, and my husbandʻs work pursuing degrees is all about. We're figuring out 'the how' along the way, but we are committed to 'the why' which is to help others learn and speak Hawaiian in their homes.
This is a safe community, a community where mistakes are often made and a culture of uplifting one another is expected. Itʻs a slow process, and compared to what the future holds - we donʻt have much to share now, but we have at least a few years of learning and speaking as a family to be able to say that itʻs worth every moment.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me!
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