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Hawaiian Language: Start Here

This research guide provides links to resources available online and through the UHMC Library. This is a "living" guide - meaning if you know of other resources that should be added, please do contact us so we can continue to build this research guide.

Nā Puke Wehewehe (Dictionaries)

Use Hawaiian Dictionaries online to look up Hawaiian words.

Or, check out the following dictionaries from the Library:

Nā puke a me nā atikala e pili ana i ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Books about Hawaiian)

Here's a selection of books that discuss the history of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, whether in a single chapter or in its entirety.

Nā Puke ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Books)

A selection of books in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all books the UHMC Library has in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
Click here to see a full list of introductory level ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi books authored by Noʻeau Warner.

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Bilingual Stories in both Hawaiian and English that are available online in streaming video format. 

Ke Kiʻowai Honokawailani

ma ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi  I  English version

A story that comes from the ʻEwa district of Oʻahu about a young girl who is lured to a mysterious pond. Her parents who are desperate to have find here soon realize that their daughter may never be able to return home. The video is recalled by Ke kula Kaiapuni ʻo Waiau students and the illustrations were done by fourth-grade students of the same campus during the ʻ08-ʻ09 school year. The moʻolelo was shared through Kupuna Sarah Keliʻiolena Lum Chee Konia Nākoa.

Mohala Mai ʻo Hau

ma ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi  I  English Version

Hau, the youngest amongst her sisters, struggles to find her place amongst the beauty and talents of Niu, Pūhala, and Lehua. In Hau's eyes it is easy to see that her older sisters have a lot to offer while it feels like Hau has no gifts to share. However, through the guidance of her kupuna, Hau begins to tap into her own skills and gains confidence in her abilities.

No ka ʻĪlio Moʻo

ma ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi  I  English Version

A moʻolelo set in Koʻolau. Two farmers are requested by the mōʻīwahine Kaʻahumanu to provide dishes like poi lehua to her. On their way to deliver food to the mōʻī wahine, they encounter a strange surprise that puts their travels to a halt.   


No ke Kumu Ulu

ma ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi  I  English Version

A moʻolelo of the akua Kū and his life as a regular human and not as a god. Kū lives as a man with his family and farms kalo for a long time. But when famine strikes the land, Kū has a solution that only he can do. Listen to the moʻolelo of Kū's sacrifice and how he becomes Hawaiʻi's first ʻulu tree and saves his people. 

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Ka Tuitui Malamalama

Episode 1: Hoolauna Episode 1 begins with traditional Niihau himeni and pule to open the podcast. Ipo and Pualei share their childhood stories. Key words and phrases: uhane, wā keiki, etc.

General Overview: Tuitui Malamalama is a new collaborative podcast series presented by Kawaihuelani, Department of Hawaiian Language at Hawaiʻinuiākea, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and Kanaeokana, the network of kula Hawaiʻi.Tuitui Malamalama is focused on capturing the range of human experiences as expressed through the eyes and language of the people of Niihau. The podcasts are led by its host, Dr. Ipolani Wong, Associate Professor at Kawaihuelani. Series 1- Introductions & Social-Emotional Learning - The inaugural series of Tuitui Malamalama weaves together five short stories shared by Ipo and Pualei along with studio guests Makana Garma and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. The range of human experiences are discussed in these five podcasts that touch upon the social-emotional aspects of life on Niihau covering such topics as spirituality, child rearing, grief and loss, celebration, and caring for elders.

ʻOhina Mānaleo (Collections with recordings of native speakers)

Nā Wikiō (Videos)

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and the Role of Language in Daily Life Panel 

Panel members Kahele Dukelow, Kīʻope Raymond, Kuulei Raneta share their ʻike and manaʻo about their personal experiences with learning, speaking and teaching ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi within our local community and beyond. 

ʻAha Aloha ʻŌlelo 2019 I Hoʻokūkū Haʻiʻōlelo Pae Papa 9 - Lehulehu
An extemporaneous speech competition that is part of ʻAha Aloha ʻŌlelo. In this video students from various Hawaiian Language schools in grade 9-12 present in their speeches on the topic of Kamehameha. In addition to the students there are community members who participate as well.  ʻAha Aloha ʻŌlelo brings together students, adults and school groups to participate in Hawaiian language competitions and singing contests. 
If you are interested in watching more videos from ʻAha Aloha ʻŌlelo 2019 they can be found here

Lā Kūʻokoʻa 2018 - ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Panel
Presenters Kīʻope Raymond, Sesame Shim, Kanoe Pacheco share their knowledge and experience in learning and the continuing efforts to reinvigorate the use of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.  

Hoʻōla ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi - Culture Keepers
Interviewed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Lolena Nicholas, a mānaleo and educator from Niʻihau shares about her life and thoughts on the future of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. 

PBS Hawaii - INSIGHTS: What Role Does Hawaiian Language Play in Our State?
The Hawaiian Renaissance brought about a resurgence in Hawaiian language more than three decades ago. Despite the strides gained in bringing awareness to the indigenous language, English remains the primary language for business, government and education. Moderator Mahealani Richardson will ask, "What role does Hawaiian language play in our state‌?"

Hiko Nō - Ke Kula Niʻihau o Kekaha Kumu Hope Kaimi Strickland
A short two minute interview with a Hawaiian Language teacher from Niʻihau. She shares how her upbringing has influenced her teaching in the classroom today. 

ʻĀhaiʻi ʻŌlelo Ola: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi 
Video shares a brief history of the Hawaiian Language from the oral origins, the forced suppression to the revitalization and beyond. 

Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino
A 13 minuke short film that focuses on the benefits that haumana experience while educated in an ʻōlelo Hawai‘i immersion program. The film was produced by student film maker Mikala Fernandez. Video is in both Hawaiian and English and has subtitles and translations.  

'Ōlelo Hawai'i - Ke Kuke 'ana i ka Huamoa me Keaka
In this 4 minuke video, Keaka shares the process on how to fry an egg in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. 

Nā Mamo Aloha Na Keʻelikōlani 
Features a keynote speech to celebrate ke aliʻi Keʻelikōklani by Kalena Silva, Ph.D. The panel discussion begins around the 30 minute mark and can be viewed starting here. Panel members are Manu Boyd, Hiapo Perreira, Ph.D, Kaleahua Krug, Ph.D, and Kananinohea Mākaʻimoku, M.Ed. Pōkiʻi Seto, M.Ed moderates as the panel discusses revitalization in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in relation to their own experiences, backgrounds, and to Keʻelikōlani and her love of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Contains translations in English.
*Note: Video links below may require you to log in with your UH username and password to view. 

No ke aʻo ʻana i ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi - Apps & Online Classes

Nā puke no ke aʻo ʻana i ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Curriculum Resources)