HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Literacy is a hot topic these days, especially teaching these skills at an early age to build a strong foundation and love for reading.
This is true regardless of the language children grow up speaking as Amy Kalili shares with us this morning.
Having books to read is fundamental to literacy and here is someone helping out.
Aloha mai e nâ hoa ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi. He mea nui ka lako puke no ka mâkau heluhelu, a eia mai kekahi kanaka e ʻimi ana i ke kôkua ma kçlâ.
"Because I work in a library I can honestly say there is such a great need for books and definitely in the Hawaiian Language," said Keikilani Meyers, interim director of Ka Waihona Puke ʻÔiwi.
He pono nâ puke, keu ma ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi.
Keikilani and many others were pleased when UH Professor and author, Noʻeau Warner, released his collection of Hawaiian language children's books.
Ua nui ka hauʻoli a mahalo o Keiki a me nâ hoa ʻç aʻe i ka hoʻolaha ʻana aku o kçia Polopeka a mea kâkau ʻo Noʻeau Warner nô hoʻi i kâna pûʻulu puke keiki ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi,
"I know he's been working on these books for over ten years. I actually remember him showing me the book Pakalaki when it was in its rough draft," said Keikilani.
Hana ana ʻo ia ma kçia no 10 makahiki. Hoʻomaopopo au i ke kâmua o Pakalaki.
"I wrote the books to redirect some of the ways language is being taught and learned," said Noʻeau Warner of Polopeka, Kawaihuelani.
ʻO ka mea nui, ʻaʻole wau i haku puke e haku puke ai. Ua haku puke i mea e kâkoʻo ai i ka hoʻololi ʻia ʻana i ke ʻano o ke aʻo ʻana.
The goal is to teach keiki specific Hawaiian grammar used by our kupuna.
Ke ʻimi nei i ka poeko o nâ keiki i nâ pilina ʻôlelo a kaila ʻôlelo o nâ kûpuna.
"The language of our keiki wasn't like our kupuna and I wanted to change that," said Noʻeau.
I koʻu ʻike ʻana ʻo ka ʻôlelo a nâ keiki ʻaʻole i like loa me ka ʻôlelo a nâ kûpuna a no laila koʻu ʻiʻini nui ʻo ia ke ʻano o ka hoʻololi ʻana i ke aʻo ʻana o nâ kumu.
The collection of hard-covered, glossy and colorfully illustrated books also tells contemporary stories our keiki can relate to.
Ma o kçia mau puke ʻili paʻa me kona mau kiʻi nani a nui o nâ waihoʻoluʻu e haʻi ʻia ai nâ moʻolelo hou o kçia wâ i hoihoi i nâ keiki.
"For years, traditional stories have been told, and they are great stories," said Noʻeau. "But sometimes our keiki find it hard to see themselves in these stories."
No nâ makahiki lôʻihi ua moʻolelo ʻia nâ moʻolelo kahiko a maikaʻi wale nô kçlâ mau moʻolelo. Akâ i koʻu nânâ ʻana ʻaʻole i hiki i nâ keiki ke ʻike iâ lâkou iho i loko o nâ puke.
Noʻeau provided boxed sets of his 31-book collection titled I Mua Nô Ka ʻUlu to about 100 classrooms across the state.
Ua hoʻolako aku ʻo Noʻeau i kçia pûʻulu o nâ puke he 31 i kapa ʻia ʻo "I Mua No Ka ʻUlu i nâ lumi papa he 100 a ʻoi a puni ka mokuʻâina.
"Itʻs long overdue and I hope this is the beginning of many more to come," said Keikilani.
He kûpono a maliʻa, he hoʻomaka wale nô ia.
Mahalo, Noʻeau for this great contribution.
Ke aloha nô iâ ʻoe e Noʻeau no ka ʻimi ʻana i ka pono me kçia. Aloha.
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