Nā Loina o Ke Aʻo ʻAna

Nā mea nui o ke aʻo ʻana i ka ʻōlelo

Main Focus Points for Learning Hawaiian Language 

If you are a Hawaiian and want to learn your language, you have come to the right place. If you are a non-Hawaiian and want to learn our language, you are also in the right place. A little bit about us, my wife and I began learning ʻōlelo in October of 2017. We became fluent within 2 years of that time. Our first year having no one to help us. Our 2nd and 3rd year I sought after speakers that I could walaʻau with. I found Keoki Faria, Kahea Faria, Tuti Kanahele and Ipo Wong. 3 of them were Native speakers born on Niʻihau. I attribute our success to these people and there are many more. 3 years later our first bornʻs first language is Hawaiian and our second born is picking it up even faster! After three generations of no Hawaiian in my family, it has now returned. 

If you donʻt have access to speakers now, thatʻs okay. There are tons of resources which are Native Speaker driven that are available to you for FREE! For learning, these are things to focus on: Vocabulary building, Listening, Reading, Writing, and finally Speaking. The following resources are broken up accordingly. Using these resources along with the Kūkulu Kauhale method can help you get off to a great and affordable start with learning Hawaiian. There are many more resources out there but again these are FREE and more than enough for beginners, intermediate and even current students/speakers of the language. 

Native Speaker Resources

We cannot stress how important it is to learn from Native Speakers. Hawaiian Language speakers today have very little relation to Native Speakers. Huge differences in thought process, words, accent and pronunciation to name a few. We work hard to speak like them and encourage you to do the same.

Listening - Native Speakers

Listening - Second Language Speakers

Vocabulary

Reading

Reading Tip: Find something (like scriptures) that you can have the Hawaiian and English versions side by side. As you read you can go back and forth between the two. 

Writing

  • Get a journal and journal in Hawaiian
  • Get a small notebook or planner or use your phone and jot down words or phrases youʻre curious about throughout the day
  • While listening to videos or audio recordings write down what you think you hear and use it as material to study when you can
  • Social Media - Comment and message in Hawaiian! Our handles @kaulumaika & @ka_alala

Speaking

  • Family and Friends
  • Yourself - while youʻre showering or driving, you can practice. Yes we did and still do this
  • Social Media
  • RECORDING YOUR VOICE: seriously the most helpful thing you can do to work on pronunciation and accent (two equally important things). Record yourself, play it back then correct it

Purchasable Resources