Culture Keeper: Lolena Nicholas


Lolena Nicholas is a mānaleo (first language Hawaiian speaker) from the island of Niʻihau who has dedicated her life to perpetuating ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Throughout her 30+ year career, she has had a hand in teaching ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi to thousands of students.

In this episode of Culture Keepers, viewers get a unique opportunity to hear a conversation in the Ni’ihau dialect between Aunty Lolena and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, as Aunty Lolena shares about her life and hopes for the future of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

This is the second video in our new web series called Culture Keepers. Created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Culture Keepers features the work and manaʻo of those who perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture.

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More of this interview is included in the August issue of Ka Wai Ola.