The Hawaiian Language Lives, the Native Language of the Hawaiian Nation

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February is Hawaiian Language Month, established in 2013 when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Act 28 dedicating February as a time to strengthen and support the mother tongue of Hawaiʻi. With COVID-19 still with us this year, most of this month’s events will be virtual.

We thank all the organizations that are coordinating events throughout the month. If there are other events that readers would like to share, please email Malia Nobrega-Olivera at nobrega@hawaii.edu to get them on the calendar of events.

The ʻAhahui ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, a 501(c)3 established in 1972 is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022 and is one of the organizations putting events together this month. Since its founding, the organization has promoted the Hawaiian language and has published a variety of learning resources, books, curriculum, and produced audio recordings, videos, and radio programs such as Ka Leo Hawaiʻi on KCCN Radio and Mānaleo on ʻŌlelo TV. To kick off its 50th year, the organization is kicking off a membership drive this month.

  • February 1 (6:00 p.m.): Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi opening event on Kanaeokana’s Facebook page
  • Every Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) and Thursday (10:00 a.m.): Hawaiian Conversational Group on the Clubhouse App
  • Every Wednesday (12:00 p.m.): Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives events
  • Every Friday (11:30 a.m.): ʻAhahui ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi events
  • February 22 (1:00 p.m.): Hawaiian language live huakaʻi broadcast from the Hawaiian Mission Houses for PreK-12 students
  • February 27 (6:00 p.m.): Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi closing event on Kanaeokana’s Facebook page

For more information on Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi events and to check for updates to the events calendar, go to mahinaolelohawaii.org