HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Our own ʻÂhaʻi ʻÔlelo Ola, the only Hawaiian language news program, is a testament to the revitalization of the Hawaiian language. The foundation of this movement is rooted in the Pûnana Leo Hawaiian language immersion preschools, a couple of which are celebrating their silver anniversaries. Amy Kalili has more.
Ma ka 25 makahiki aku nei, he kûikawâ a ʻano ʻç nô paha ka lohe i ka poʻe e kamaʻilio ana ma ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi.
Twenty-five years ago, hearing people converse in Hawaiian was a novelty.
Hiki iaʻu ke hoʻomanaʻo i ka lawe ʻana i nâ keiki ma waho ma ke kaiaulu, ma kahakai paha, ma ka hale kûʻai, nânâ ka poʻe iâ mâkou me he mea lâ ʻo wai lâ ʻoukou, a ʻo ka ʻôlelo hea kçia.
Former Makua, Pûnana Leo o Honolulu
I recall taking my kids out to the beach or store and people would wonder who we were and what language we spoke.
He holomua kûpono nô naʻe kçia ʻoiai ua liʻilʻi loa ka poʻe i wale ka ʻôlelo iâ lâkou ma ia manawa.
This was a drastic improvement though given the few number of fluent speakers.
No laila ʻo ia ka manaʻolana, he hele kçia ʻôlelo ʻôiwi o kâkou he ʻôlelo maʻamau ma nâ wahi a pau.
The hope was that our language would be spoken and heard everywhere again.
Ua hemo ko Oʻahu mokupuni Pûnana Leo mua loa ma Kalihi ma ka 25 makahiki aku nei, me nâ ʻohana he ʻehiku.
Oʻahu's first Pûnana Leo, Hawaiian immersion preschool, opened its doors in Kalihi to seven families, 25 years ago.
A laila ua ʻike hoʻomaka nâ keiki e ʻôlelo i loko o ʻelua, ʻekolu mahina a nui ka hauʻoli o nâ ʻohana i komo mua.
Co-Founder, Pûnana Leo o Honolulu
Kids were speaking Hawaiian within two, three months. The families were excited.
Mai kinohi mai nô no ka Pûnana Leo Honolulu a me nâ kula a pau, na nâ ʻohana a kaiâulu nô kçia mau honua i mâlama.
The Pûnana Leo o Honolulu, as with all Pûnana Leo, was as a grassroots effort.
Inâ ʻo ka hoʻomaʻemaʻe lua ka hana o kçlâ lâ, e hana. Inâ o ka hele i ka hâlâwai ma ka ʻAha ʻÔlelo, hana.
From cleaning bathrooms to showing up at the legislature, we did it all.
A laila mâkou nô hoʻi ke kômike hoʻomakaukau haʻawina, ʻoki a tuko, kçlâ ʻano.
We made books by pasting Hawaiian translations over English texts.
Ua ulu mai ka papahana kaiapuni ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi kula kamaliʻi a i ka papa 12 a puni ka paeʻâina mai nâ Pûnana Leo e like me kçia.
The statewide Preschool – 12th grade immersion program grew from Pûnana Leo just like this.
Inâ ʻaʻole i loaʻa ka Pûnana Leo, ʻano kanalua wau i ka ikaika o ke kahua.
Without the Pûnana Leo, the foundation for growth wouldn't be as strong.
ʻOiai he 25 makahiki kçia he hoʻomaka wale nô. Nui ka hana i koe e hiki nô ke noʻonoʻo ʻia e ola mau ana ka ʻôlelo.
It has been 25 years, but it is just the beginning. There is much to be done.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.
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