Learning Hawaiian

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)

Listening - (Non-Native 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. 

     

    Purchasable Resources 

    If you have to spend money, we recommend this book. Dorothy Kahananui is a native speaker.

    Writing

    • 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

    Speaking

    • 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!