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How are the classes taught?

Each module covers one mokuna or chapter from the textbook Nā Kai ‘Ewalu. Students work independently, logging into the course at their convenience to complete their lessons.

The curriculum focuses on the acquisition of three skills necessary for language learning; reading, writing and listening. The curriculum is presented in many formats; text, audio files and interactive learning games. Students have many opportunities to practice and benefit from valuable moderator feedback via the discussion boards to clarify and expand on concepts presented during the course.

What is the curriculum like?

Niu ʻŌʻio Level: All modules are based on the textbook Nā Kai ‘Ewalu, written by Dr. William H. Wilson and Professor Kauanoe Kamanā of Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian language. It has been modified heavily for online instruction. Nā Kai ‘Ewalu focuses on the grammatical structures, vocabulary and cultural concepts that you would encounter in everyday life. Each chapter includes a vocabulary list, short conversational phrases, a sample dialog between two people, new grammatical concepts and practice exercises, as well as review assignments.

How are the classes conducted?

Learners log into the Niuolahiki Distance Learning Website where they have access to lessons, practice drills, forums and the course calendar. Discussions forums are moderated by Hawaiian language speakers who have previously taught or who are currently teaching Hawaiian language and culture classes in communities where they reside.

How much time do I need to spend per day or week in order to succeed in the online class?

Our lessons are designed so that you can learn at your own pace. You determine the amount of time needed to sucessfully complete each module.

Do I need to be online at a particular time?

No. You work on the lessons anytime of the day or night, at your convenience.

What are the technology requirements for the classes?

All students will need a microphone and headset to complete assignments. You can find the hardware and software requirements for Macintosh and Windows users here.

Are classes conducted on the World-Wide Web?


Who takes these classes?

Anyone who is interested in learning Hawaiian language is encouraged to take this class.

When did you begin online instruction in Hawaiian language?

Our consortium partner, Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, began teaching these classes in August 2002. The ‘Aha Pūnana Leo began pilot Elementary Hawaiian Language classes in January 2006. Since January 2007, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo offers classes in both beginning and intermediate level Hawaiian language.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any additional questions regarding the course content or technology requirements.