US Rep. Kai Kahele honors Hawaiian language in speech to Congress

Kai Kahele spoke in Olelo Hawaii on the house floor Thursday morning.
Kai Kahele spoke in Olelo Hawaii on the house floor Thursday morning.(C-SPAN)
Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:44 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In honor of Olelo Hawaii Month, Congressman Kai Kahele spoke in Hawaiian during a speech on the floor of the US House on Thursday.

Kahele spoke in Olelo Hawaii and translated it for attendees.

“We will continue to stoke the flame month by month year by year generation to generation because Mr. Speaker I ka Olelo o Ke Ola, I ka Olelo no ka make. E ola mau ka Olelo Hawaii a me back Olelo oiwi apau loa,” he said.

“In the language rests life, in the language rests death. And our resolve is greater than ever, to ensure our languages live on,” translated Kahele.

In his speech, he also mentioned that his daughters attend Hawaiian language schools.

To further celebrate Hawaiian language month in February, Kahele shared a Hawaiian word of the day and proverb on social media to raise awareness of the history and revitalization of the Hawaiian language.

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