Neʻepapa I Ke Ō Mau

Join us at the next Neʻepapa I Ke Ō Mau,
tentatively planned for fall of 2015.
Read below for information
on our previous event.



He 30 Makahiki Aku Nei, He Huliau, He Huli Au.


image He Huliau. A turning point for the survival of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi began 30 years ago as Hawaiian language teachers Ilei Beniamina, Hōkūlani Cleeland, Kauanoe Kamanā, Larry Kimura, No‘eau Warner, Koki Williams, and Pila Wilson meet on Kaua‘i to discuss the state of Hawaiian language. With less than 50 speakers under the age of 18, they knew that Hawaiian language was on the brink of extinction. A grassroots organization, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, Inc., “The Language Nest Corporation,” was formed on January 12, 1983.

He Huli Au. I am a source of new growth. Over the past 30 years, thousands of individuals have joined the movement to save the Hawaiian language. Parents, teachers, students and generous individuals have believed, invested, fought alongside, and become ʻOhana Pūnana Leo. Today, the success of the Pūnana Leo as the foundation to the internationally recognized gold standard Hawaiian medium infant through doctorate education system is evidenced in our student’s early reading fluency, our teacher’s educational leadership, and 100% family participation in direct service to the school that results in over 13,000 in-kind service hours contributed annually. Mahalo nui loa. He mana ko ka ʻōlelo, there is power in our language, and it is changing communities here in Hawaiʻi and inspiring indigenous people around the world. This year’s theme, He Huliau, He Huli Au celebrates each individual who has contributed to the turning point for Hawaiian language.

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