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Hawaiian News: Nanakuli rally

Mahealani Enos Mahealani Enos
Leilani Hokama Leilani Hokama
Kuulei Paraso Kuulei Paraso

NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow) - West Oʻahuʻs Hawaiian immersion program is currently capped at grade six. But Nânâkuli families are rallying to change that. Amy Kalili has more.

Aia Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Nânâkuli me kçia kahua kula nei o ke Kula Haʻahaʻa o Nânâkuli.

The Nânâkuli Immersion program shares a site with Nânâkuli Elementary.

Aia he 84 haumâna i kçia kula nei.

Mâhealani Enos

Kumu, Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Nânâkuli

We currently have 84 students.

Ma hope o ka papa ʻeono, pono nâ keiki e haʻalele i kçia kahua kula a hele i kekahi ma kaona no ka papa ʻehiku a i luna.

After sixth grade, the students move to another immersion campus in town.

Kekahi manawa haʻalele kekahi o nâ haumâna i ka polokalamu, no ka mea ʻaʻole lâkou i makemake e hele mamao.

(mâhealani)

We lose families after sixth grade because the commute is too far.

Aia ke kula waena a kula kiʻekiʻe kaiapuni kokoke loa ma Pâlolo.

The nearest Hawaiian immersion middle and high school is in Pâlolo.

I would love for my keiki to holomua me ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi, and that's why I believe it's so important to have a kula kaiapuni or a Hawaiian immersion school on this side, on the Leeward Coast.

Leilani Hokama

Makua, Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Nânâkuli

He mea koʻikoʻi ka loaʻa o ke kula kaiapuni ma kçia ʻaoʻao.

Aʻo ʻia nâ keiki i ka lawena kûpono, nânâ ka maka, hoʻolohe ka pepeiao, maopopo i nâ haumâna i nâ ʻôlelo noʻeau, a me nâ hana kuʻuna o ka wâ kahiko.

(mâhealani)

The program is grounded in Hawaiian traditions and perspectives.

Aia kâ Leilani mau keiki ʻekolu ma ka papahana kaiapuni, a e hôʻea koke ana nô ka wâ e puka aku ai kâna hiapo mai ka papahana ma  Nânâkuli e pono ai kona haʻalele ʻana.

All three of Leilani's keiki are immersion students and the oldest will soon graduate from the Nânâkuli program.

I would not want my daughter who is in fifth grade to have to travel to town while my two sons are here in Nânâkuli, it's too much pilikia.

(leilani)

ʻAʻole hiki ke lawe aku i ka hiapo i ke kaona a ma ʻaneʻi nâ pôkiʻi.

Inâ makemake mâkou e mâlama i nâ keiki, i nâ haumâna kaiapuni, pono mâkou e loaʻa i ke koho no nâ haumâna a ʻohana ma kçia ʻaoʻao.

(mâhealani)

To keep our students in the program, our families out this side need a choice.

Ua alu like kekahi o nâ ʻohana a hoʻolâlâ i nâ kiʻi hana e pûlima ʻia ai he palapala noi e kâkoʻo ana i ka loaʻa o ke kahua kula mâlaaʻo a i ka papa 12 ma Nânâkuli nô.

Some of the families organized a petition drive to support a K-12 site in Nânâkuli.

ʻO koʻu manaʻolana e puka ana nâ keiki mai ʻaneʻi mai ka papa 12 ma kçia kaiaulu nei.

He mea e hôʻike ai i kçia kaiaulu nei ke ola nei ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi.

Kuʻulei Paroso

Kumu, Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Nânâkuli

This full site would be a indication that the language is alive in our community.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaiʻi News Now. Aloha.

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