These resources are more than enough for beginners and intermediate level learners. For speakers of the language, I challenge you to join in with me this year (2020) and listen to all of the kupuna in the "Ka Leo Hawai'i" and "Clinton Kanahele Collection". FYI, not all of the recording feature native speakers.
Native Speaker Resources
We cannot stress how important it is to learn from Native Speakers. There are huge differences between native speakers and us non-native speakers non-We have to change our flow, intonation, pronunciation, accent and overall sound to even begin to enter into the realm of native speech. We personally work hard to speak like them and encourage you to do the same.
Listening - (Native Speakers)
- Ka Leo Hawaiʻi (1970ʻs): Recorded interviews, mostly with Native Speakers
- Clinton Kanahele Collection: Recorded interviews
- Na Hulu Kupuna: Videos interviews
- Lolena Nicholas: Interview of Niʻihau woman
- Ma ka halepule i Kalapana: Interview of Kalapana residents
- Ma ka paina i Kalapana: Interview of Kalapana residents
- Emma Kauhi: Recording
- Ka makani kaʻili aloha (Kawika Kaʻalakea): Video interview/story
- Tutu Maluʻihi: Video interview
- Tutu Maluʻihi #2: Video
- Tutu Maluʻihi #3: Video
- Ka Moʻolelo o Kaohele: Recoded story
- Ke kula Niihau o Kekaha: Video interview
- Mileka Kanahele (olelo Niihau me ka olelo Hawaii): Recoding
- Isaiah Kealoha: Video (presentation)
Listening - (Non-Native Speakers)
- Ka Leo Hawaiʻi Radio Program (1991-2000): Recordings of Second Language Speakers mostly with some Native Speakers
- Kulāiwi Lessons on Youtube: Hawaiian Language Basics.
- Lono Ikuwa: Video (cooking)
- Keiki TV: Videos for kids
- ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Education: Video (panel discussion)
- Kamehameha Publishing: Videos (educational)
- The Hawaiian Dictionary - The “Hawaiian Dictionary” was put together by a Native Speaker (Mary Kawena Pukui), the others were not
- Nānā i ke Kumu Vol. I and Nānā i ke Kumu Vol. II - These are amazing books that teach you about cultural practices along with the words associated with them. They were written by Mary Kawena Pukui
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.
- Ka Buke a Moramona (pdf) - Spiritual Book
- The Hawaiian Language (pdf) - Instructional Book (Judd)
- Spoken Hawaiian (pdf) - Instructional Book (Elbert)
- Hawaiian Grammar Book (pdf) - By Mary Kawena Pukui
- Ka Baibala (pdf) - Spiritual Book
- Nupepa - Hawaiian Newspapers from 1834 - 1940ʻs
- Papakilo Database - Hawaiian Newspapers from 1834 - 1940ʻs (preferred)
If you have to spend money, we recommend this book. Dorothy Kahananui is a native speaker.
- E Kamaʻilio Kākou - Comprehensive lesson book by Dorothy Kahananui a native speaker.
- Get a journal and journal in Hawaiian
- Use your phone, ipad, laptop, notebook to jot down notes.
- 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
- Yourself - while youʻre showering or driving, you can practice. Yes we did and still do this
- Family and friends
- Social Media
Imitate Native Speech
- RECORDING YOUR VOICE: Seriously the most helpful thing you can do to change your flow, intonation, pronunciation, accent and overall sound is to, record yourself speaking, play it back, then change it!