There is much to be said for the language of the people indigenous to these islands of Hawaii. The very sound can conjure feelings and the understanding of it can change perspectives on life. The language and culture are intertwined. If you are to fully understand the culture, you must speak its language.
In 1898 the Hawaiian language was officially banned from being spoken. Children of that time were encouraged to learn English as the "better" alternative to help live a "fuller" life. Although there has been a resurgence of the language, it has yet to reach its full potential and to take its place among our communities where it once thrived.
KEALALEO is a "new" method of learning Olelo Hawaii, returning to the original style of indigenous learning. KEALALEO has proven to be a fun, inter-active, non-intimidating setting for learning Hawaiian. Although the program is enjoyed by all ages, the program is geared for the adult population. We welcome each individual who has the desire to know more about the language and thus the culture.