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Benefit Concert on Valentine's Day

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Valentineʻs Day is upon us and love is in the air. Love for the language that is.  Amy tells us more about the annual benefit concert for Hawaiian Language immersion schools, which is happening this Valentineʻs Day.

"Getting the resources our schools need takes a little more that just going out and buying them," said Kauʻi Keola, Pelekikena, ʻAha Mele o Hoʻomau.

No nâ kula a pau ma ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi nele nâ mea lako no ke kula. ʻAʻole hiki ke hele wale i ka hale kûʻai a kûʻai i nâ puke.

As a long-time parent herself, Kauʻi recalls how earlier immersion parents improvised for not having Hawaiian language books.

Oiai he makua nô ʻo Kauʻi, hoʻomaopopo ʻo ia i ke ʻano i kôkua ai nâ mâkua ma ka hoʻolako i nâ puke ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi.

"We would buy English books, translate and print out the Hawaiian, and then cut and paste over the English," said Keola.

Kûʻai ʻia ma ka ʻôlelo haole, paʻi ʻia ma ka lolouila ma ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi, a ʻoki i ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi a tuko ʻia ma luna o ka ʻôlelo haole.

Curriculum development has improved significantly over the 20 years that Hawaiian immersion has been around thanks to fundraisers like Hoʻomau.

Nui ka holomua ma ka hoʻolako i ka papa haʻawina i loko o kçia mau makahiki 20 o nâ kula kaiaupuni ma muli o kçia ʻano papahana ʻimi kâlâ ʻo Hoʻomau.

"Books have been published and are available to purchase. Funds raised have made a difference," said Keola.

I kçia manawa paʻi ʻia kekahi o nâ puke, ʻaʻole nui akâ he mau puke hiki ke ʻoka a kûʻai wale. Ua holomua a he kôkua ke kâlâ.

The proceeds from Hoʻomau are divided by the 11 participating Hawaiian immersion schools on Oʻahu.

Hoʻokaʻawale ʻia ke kâlâ e loaʻa ana mai Hoʻomau mai i waena o nâ kula kaiapuni he 11 ma Oʻahu mokupuni nei.

"The schools determine the best use for their money whether for teachers, staff development, field trips, as so on," said Keola.

Aia i ke kula ka hoʻohana ʻana i ke kâlâ. Na lâkou e koho. Kekahi o nâ kula uku i ke kumu no nâ papa no nâ kumu, no nâ huakaʻi, nâ mea like ʻole.

The entertainment line-up includes performances by Hawaiian immersion school students and other great friends.

Ma ka ʻaoʻao hoʻokani pila a hîmeni, ʻo nâ haumâna kaiapuni ana nô kekahi a pçia pû kçia mau hoaaloha kûpaʻa o ka papahana.

"Manu Boyd and his Hâlau o ke ʻAʻaliʻi Kû Makani, Kamakakekhau Fernandez, Natalie Aʻi Kamauʻu, ʻIke Pono, Halehaku, and Ke Kauoha," said Keola.

Hoʻomaka ana me Manu Boyd a me ka Hâlau Kû Makani ʻAʻaliʻi, Aia ana ʻo Kamakakehau Fernandez, Natalie Aʻi Kamauʻu, ʻIke Pono, a laila ʻo Halehaku mâ, ʻo Ke Kauoha.

 

Original airdate 2/8/2010

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