By Kamalani Johnson
As the niu leaves’ swaying in the wind is assured, so too is Hawaiʻi’s resurgence of cultural vibrancy. Under the United Nations, 2019 was declared as the International Year of Indigenous Languages to bring awareness to the world’s Indigenous languages, and innovations on traditional knowledge systems resulting from the unwavering work of Indigenous language movements all over the world.
It has been over 40 years since ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has rightfully been made an official language of Hawaiʻi. These years have been integral in the resurgence of Hawaiʻi’s mauli which is evident in the inception of many great programs: ʻAha Pūnana Leo, Ka Papahana Kaiapuni, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at UH Mānoa, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo, Awaiaulu, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, Kamehameha Schools’ ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi initiatives, and ʻŌiwi TV. This is a direct outcome of the diligent and unwavering work of Hawaiʻi’s people for Hawaiʻi’s legacy.
Included in this monograph are articles written by, for, and within the programs working tirelessly in language and culture revitalization throughout Hawaiʻi, with a supplementary timeline of language revitalization depicting moments pivotal to the revitalization of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. It is the high hope that these reflections invigorate the current efforts in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi revitalization while celebrating the beauty of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in this Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi 2021.
Ke Kūlia e Kāmau ai can be downloaded from Hale Kuamoʻo’s Padlet platform titled “Nā Kumuwaiwai Hoʻoulu ʻŌlelo” under the “Ke Kūlia e Kāmau ai” column (link: padlet.com/hkuamoo/j1looaj4rg6kk4rc). This platform serves as a place for ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi resources to be compiled for ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi learning in the home and community.
Kamalani Johnson is the Hawaiian language and curriculum specialist for the Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center and a Hawaiian Language and Literature lecturer for Ka HakaʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.