"He ʻalalā, he manu leo nui"
The ʻalalā is quickly recognized for itʻs loud and obnoxious voice. This ʻōlelo noʻeau roughly translates into, "It is the crow, a loud-voiced bird". It was said of people who talk too loud. I chose this bird and itʻs accompanying phrase as a way to encourage kanaka to first learn their ʻōlelo, then to fearlessly use it everyday and everywhere so that our voice becomes quickly recognized like the loud voice of the ʻalalā. No matter where we live, our voice will be heard and recognized.
We recognize that the majority of our people both locally and outside of Hawaiʻi have not been given the opportunity to learn their language. Ka ʻalalā was created to create opportunity. Here you will find resources that we used to teach ourselves to a conversational level and the resources we still use to improve and raise our command of the language. We produce video, audio and written content to further reach our audience and give that opportunity. We welcome non-Kanaka as well to use our resources. Many Kanaka have non-Kanaka family and friends who want to learn and support where they can.
For my podcast people, hereʻs a link to our podcast which is strictly in Hawaiian.