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Basic Hawaiian Phrases

Here are some basic Hawaiian Language phrases that you can use at home
 
HAWAIIAN ENGLISH
ke pākaukau table
ka noho chair
ke kala color crayon
ka pepa paper
ka lole clothes
ka pālule shirt, blouse
ka lole wāwae pōkole shorts
ka pāpale hat
ka pale ma‘i underwear
ke kāma‘a shoes
ke kākini socks
ke kalipa slippers
ke kaiapa diaper
ka ‘ōmole bottle
kaha ki‘i draw
kākau write
maika‘i good
maika‘i loa! great!
‘ae yes
‘a‘ole no
hiki nō okay
e ‘olu‘olu please
mahalo thank you
kali wait
e hāmau be quiet
e akahele be careful
e kū i luna stand up
e noho i lalo sit down
e hele mai come here
e ala mai wake up
e ho‘olohe listen
e komo mai come inside
e komo i ka lole put your clothes on
e palaki niho brush your teeth
e ho‘i i ka hiamoe go to sleep
pololi? hungry?
makewai? thirsty?
makemake ‘oe i ka (object or thing)? do you want the/some (object or thing)?
aloha wau iā ‘oe! I love you!

Typical Daily Schedule

Most Pūnana Leo are open from 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Some Pūnana Leo sites provide a longer program. Please check with the site director for the daily schedule of your site.

Students must arrive by 8:30 a.m. Snack time may vary according to site and daily events.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
TimeActivity
7:15 – 8:30Arrival and Skill Development Activities
8:30 – 8:50 Breakfast
8:50 – 9:00Prepare for Opening Gathering
9:00 – 9:15Opening Gathering
9:15 – 9:40Morning Circle
9:40 – 10:00Daily Lesson
10:00 – 10:30 Skill Development Activities
10:30 – 10:45Prepare to go outside
10:45 – 11:15  Outdoor Play Time
11:15 – 11:30Prepare for Midday Circle
11:30 – 11:50 Midday Circle
11:50 – 12:00Prepare for Lunch
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 12:45Prepare for Children’s Rest Time
12:45 – 2:00Rest Time for Children
2:00 – 2:15Prepare for Afternoon Circle
2:15 – 2:40 Afternoon Circle
2:40 – 3:00 Snack
3:00 – 3:30Skill Development Activities or Outdoor Play Time
3:30Departure

Sometimes, the daily schedule is modified to accommodate special activities such as; field trips, working in the garden, hosting visitors, and physical development activities. The site leaders will communicate to families in advance of these special activities. Please be aware of announcements made at Family Meetings, Hui Kīpaepae and on Niuolahiki as well as those posted on the school’s announcement board.


‘Ōlelo No‘eau

Pūnana Leo is a place where the Hawaiian identity is fostered. Here are traditional proverbs that support the development of the living essence inside each person at the Pūnana Leo.

Ho‘okahi leo ua lawa.
One voice is enough.
[One reminder is all that is necessary.]


Ma ka hana ka ‘ike.
In working one learns.


E aloha kekahi i kekahi
Love one another.


‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai. Kōkua aku, kōkua mai. Pēlā ka nohona ‘ohana.
Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. That is the family way.
   

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.


‘U‘uku ka hana, ‘u‘uku ka loa‘a.
Little work, little gain.
[You reap what you sow. If you give a little do not expect a large return.]


I ka ‘ōlelo no ke ola, i ka ‘ōlelo nō ka make.
In the language is life. In the language is death.
[Words can heal; words can destroy. A contemporary translation for this proverb is, in the Hawaiian language we find the life of our race, without it (the Hawaiian language) we shall perish.]


‘O ka makua ke ko‘o o ka hale.
The parent is the support that holds the household together.


I maika‘i ke kalo i ka ‘ōhā.
The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.
[Parents are often judged by the behavior of their children.]


E kūlia i ka nu‘u.
Strive to reach the highest.
[Motto of Queen Kapi’olani. Strive to do your best.]


‘A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okahi.
All knowledge is not learned in just one school.
[One can learn from many sources.]
   

‘A‘ohe mālama, pau i ka ‘iole.
If you do not take care of possessions, it will be stolen by rats.
[When one takes care of his goods he will not suffer losses.]


E ho‘ohuli ka lima i lalo.
Turn the hands down.
[When the palm of the hands face down they are occupied and productive.]


Reference:

‘Aha Pūnana Leo
Mo‘olelo Hālāwai Kūkā, ‘Aha Alaka‘i 22 Iulai, 2005. Hilo, Hawai‘i: Ke‘ena Kula Kamali‘i, 2005.

Pukui, Mary Kawena
‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983.


List of Immersion and Hawaiian Medium Education Schools

Wherever there is a Pūnana Leo preschool, the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo has assured that sufficient resources be provided by the state of Hawai’i to provide a continuation of the Pūnana Leo program in the public school system. As Pūnana Leo graduates enter kindergarten, they are joined by more children wanting to receive their education through Hawaiian.

This system extends from kindergarten to high school. The first effort of the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo in K-12 education involved lobbying the state legislature to remove a near century long ban on the use of Hawaiian in the public schools. The organization then housed the first public Hawaiian language medium school in a Pūnana Leo building in Hilo. The term Kula Kaiapuni Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Surrounding Environment School) was coined at that school. Annually some 2,000 students are served from the Pūnana Leo level through to the twelfth grade in Hawaiian language medium education.

For information on enrollment into one of the 21 public Hawaiian Immersion schools in the state on Hawai‘i, contact the one nearest you.

Hawai‘i Island

Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo
222 Desha Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720-4815
Phone: (808) 933-1295
Fax: (808) 933-2644

Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Nui
Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Iki
16-120 ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia Street
Kea‘au, HI 96749-8143
Phone: (808) 982-4260
Fax: (808) 966-7821

Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunikaimalino
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Konawaena
P O Box 9009
Kealakekua, HI 96750-9009
Phone: (808) 323-0021
Fax: (808) 323-7597

ʻAlo Kēhau o ka ʻĀina Mauna
64-756 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kamuela, HI 96743-8429
Phone: (808) 885-7166
Fax: (808) 885-2704

Maui

Pā’ia Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Pā‘ia
955 Baldwin Avenue
Pā’ia, HI 96779-9605
Phone: (808) 579-2100
Fax: (808) 579-2103

Samuela Enoka Kalama Intermediate School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kalama
120 Makani Road
Makawao, HI 96768-8916
Phone: (808) 573-8735
Fax: (808) 573-8748

Kekaulike High School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kekaulike
121 Kula Highway
Pukalani, HI 96768-8256
Phone: (808) 573-8710
Fax: (808) 573-2231

Princess Nāhi’ena’ena Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Nāhi‘ena‘ena
816 Niheu Street
Lahaina, HI 96761-2153
Phone: (808) 662-4020
Fax: (808) 662-4023

Moloka‘i

Kualapu‘u Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kualapu‘u
P O Box 260
Kualapu‘u, HI 96757-0260
Phone: (808) 567-6900
Fax: (808) 567-6906

Moloka‘i High & Intermediate School
Ke Kula ‘o Hina i ka Mālama
P O Box 158
Ho‘olehua, HI 96729-0158
Phone: (808) 567-6950
Fax: (808) 567-6960

O‘ahu

Hau‘ula Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ko‘olauloa
54-046 Kamehameha Highway
Hau‘ula, HI 96717-9647
Phone: (808) 293-8925
Fax: (808) 293-8927

Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau
45-037 Kāne‘ohe Bay Drive
Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744-2417
Phone: (808) 247-0997
Fax: (808) 247-0993

Pū‘ōhala Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Pū‘ōhala
45-233 Kulauli street
Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744-2811
Phone: (808) 233-5660
Fax: (808) 233-5663

Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue
2528 10th Avenue A-10
Honolulu, HI 96816-3031
Phone: (808) 733-8465
Fax: (808) 733-8467

Waiau Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Waiau
98-450 Ho‘okanikē Street
Pearl City, HI 96782
Phone: (808) 453-6530
Fax: (808) 453-6541

Nānākuli Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Nānākuli
89-778 Haleakalā Avenue
Wai‘anae, HI 96792-2351
Phone: (808) 668-5813
Fax: (808) 668-5817

Kaua‘i

Kapa‘a Elementary School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kapa‘a, Kula Ha‘aha‘a
4886 Kahaihau Road
Kapa‘a, HI 96746-1930
Phone: (808) 821-4424
Fax: (808) 821-4431

Kapa‘a Middle School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kapa‘a, Kula Waena
4867 Olohena Road
Kapa‘a, HI 96746-1737
Phone: (808) 821-4460
Fax: (808) 821-6967

Kapa‘a High School
Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Kapa‘a, Kula Ki‘eki‘e
4695 Mailihuna Road
Kapa‘a, HI 96746-2051
Phone: (808) 821-4400 x226
Fax: (808) 821-4420

Kula Ni‘ihau ‘o Kekaha
P O Box 129
Kekaha, HI 96752-0129
Phone: (808) 337-0481
Fax: (808) 337-1289

Ni‘ihau

Kula Ni‘ihau
c/o Waimea High School
P O Box 339
Waimea, HI 96796-0339
Phone: (808) 338-6800
Fax: (808) 338-6807


Raising an Immersion Child

The most common concern of potential parents centers on English language literacy: “Won’t my child fall behind in English or in general academic skills?” The answer is a definite no. Students who enroll in Hawaiian medium education consistently perform as well or better than their English-only counterparts here in Hawai‘i. Students in other multi-language educational programs around the world have similar performance statistics. In fact, students and graduates from Hawaiian Medium Education Programs statewide, have been accepted and have graduated from prestigious universities such as Stanford, Loyola Marymount and Oxford University.

By enrolling your keiki in a Pūnana Leo Language Nest, you take the first step into a challenging and culturally responsive educational experience. Students in Hawaiian medium schools, develop complex worldviews that are rooted in the cultural codes of the languages they speak. They have an intuitive sense of culture and a natural sense of the individual as part of a larger community. They benefit from the high level of parent involvement in their academic experience. All of this is in addition to their acquisition of high-level English fluency.


Classroom Materials

Pūnana Leo classrooms are warm inviting honua ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i or Hawaiian language environments where culturally relevant, age-appropriate curriculum is delivered. Whenever possible, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo employs elders from the Hulu Kūpuna generation to interact with the children on a regular basis. Just as fledglings are fed by the mouths of their parents, so too are Pūnana Leo keiki fed the language and culture from the mouths of these kupuna. At Pūnana Leo, classrooms are divided into smaller honuanua, learning centers, where learning takes place.

What is a honuanua?

Honuanua are small areas in the classroom that are dedicated to a specific content area. Keiki develop skills through practice and manipulation of the tools at each center. At the Math honuanua, keiki can master ordering and grouping by sorting sea shells. At the Hakalama (Hawaiian language phonetical system) honuanua, keiki can practice the sounds of the language using learning tools such as flash cards, pictures, and DVDs. Keiki spend part of the school day independently exploring in these learning centers.

What is the importance of learning centers?

In addition to the content areas, keiki are given the opportunity to learn and internalize the following cultural values at each honuanua:

  • He wahi ko kēlā me kēia mea.
    Everything has a proper place.

  • Hana maiau. ‘A‘ohe mālama, pau i ka ‘iole.
    Work with care and neatness. When we neglect our things, they disappear.

  • I ka nānā nō a ‘ike.
    Watch and learn.

  • Nānā ka maka; ho‘olohe ka pepeiao; hana ka lima.
    The eyes watch; the ears listen; the hands work.

  • Ma ka hana ka ‘ike.
    Learning is the result of trying.

  • He kuleana ko ke keiki.
    Even children can shoulder responsibility.

  • A‘o ke keiki hānau mua i kona muli.
    Older children should teach younger children.

  • He a‘o ka honua a me nā mea külohelohe.
    The natural environment is our classroom.

  • Hana a no‘ono‘o ‘ae‘oia.
    Work and think independently.

  • Hakuhia.
    Invent.

  • Hana hou a pa‘a. Ho’oma’ama’a.
    Repeat until mastered. Practice.

  • Maika‘i ka hana, maika‘i ka hua.
    Work well, we get a good product.

  • Lōkahi.
    Harmony.


  • Testimonials

    “It is important for a father to see that his role is an important one in educating his children. Today, I see other fathers from many different ethnic backgrounds looking for opportunities to make a difference in his child’s education. I relate to these fathers who arrive at the doorstep of the Pūnana Leo. You want to fulfill your responsibilities as a father, and you see there are so many ways to support your child. I believe the Pūnana Leo offers the opportunity to fathers who want to make a difference.”

    —na Kekoa Harman, Father of Kalāmanamana (PL graduate, Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u 1st grader), Nāmakaleha (PL student) and Nāli‘ipō‘aimoku (Hi‘ipēpē)

    “The Hawaiian language immersion program is more than just an education. It’s a way of life. My grandchildren know who they are and where they come from. They are grounded in their own cultural identity, and that makes them fearless to embrace new challenges. It’s wonderful to hear our language spoken by young voices.”

    –na Kupuna Genesis Nāmakaokalani Lee Loy

    “This program is necessary. Responsibility and position is learned here and every thought and action has significance. We are a community where Hawaiian values, traditional knowledge and demeanor is taught through the Hawaiian perspective. Every child in the program is your child, everyone takes care of each other.”

    —na Kanoelani Kawai‘ae‘a, aunt

    “We (participants in the program) are connected to one another, therefore, our relationship is strong, from person to person and in all facets of the organization.”

    —na Mikiahala Mahi, limahana (employee)

    “Raising our children bilingually evolved from a fuzzy goal to a reality that is so profound, it takes two languages (at least!) to attempt an adequate description. To contemplate, communicate, and cooperate through Hawaiian and English begs the question, is there any better way to live?”

    —Na Luahiwa Nāmāhoe, makua (parent)


    Parent Expectations

    Pūnana Leo preschools Language Nests are family-based educational centers. Family members take an active role in the educational experience of their children.

    Parents attend a weekly Hawaiian language class. If not already enrolled in a Hawaiian language class, parents agree to take classes at their local Pūnana Leo. Parents are encouraged to learn the language so that they can reinforce their children’s education and nurture a high cognitive advantage in their children by helping them to become bilingual. ‘Aha Pūnana Leo also offers online language class for parents who are unable to attend classes in their communities. For information on the classes click here.

    Families provide 8 hours of in-kind service per month to their Pūnana Leo.

    Parents attend a monthly Hālāwai Makua meeting, where they take an active role in activities of the school.

    Families become part of the Hawaiian speaking community, working towards the common goal of reestablishing Hawaiian as a living language.

    Parents along with the Pūnana Leo raise a new generation of responsible, aware citizens who are grounded in the foundation of Hawaiian language and culture. Our children become the generation that is able to connect traditional knowledge with contemporary technology.