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 A‘o Makua Adult Distance Learning Program
Course Offerings

Orientation (prerequisite)

Ao Makua: Ka Ho‘olauna

It is highly recommended that you thoroughly review this Web site before enrolling in a course. This orientation contains information on technical requirements, online learning, and a description of how the courses are structured.

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Culture Courses
Length: 3 weeks facilitated, access to the course materials for one full year
Cost: $25.00
If you complete the course, you will receive a certificate and a course incentive.

1. Mo‘okū‘auhau: Ola Nā Iwi

  • “Ola Nā Iwi” – The bones live - said of a respected oldster who is well cared for by his family. (Pūku'i, 2488)
    Let us honor and care for our kūpuna (ancestors) by learning about their mo‘olelo (story) and perpetuating their values and beliefs.  This course introduces the mo‘olelo of creation by focusing on the Kumulipo (Hawaiian creation belief) and the Story of Hāloa. You and your ‘ohana will be able to make personal connections to these mo‘olelo by researching and documenting your own mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy).

2. Mo‘okū‘auhau: He Inoa ‘Ala

  • “He Inoa ‘Ala” – A fragrant name – said of a chief whose reputation is good. (Pūku'i, 637)
    Like a fragrance can conjure memories of certain places, events or people, an inoa (name) can do the same. Qualities, virtues, or even family connections of a person come to mind when his/her inoa is spoken. This course will focus on Hawaiian naming traditions while learning about the mo‘okū‘auhau and inoa of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. You will then have the opportunity to create a reflection on your own inoa or that of a family member.

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3. Mo‘olelo: Ku‘u One Hānau

  • Ku‘u One Hānau” – The beloved sands of my birth.

    For Hawaiians, the sense of belonging to and pride in one’s birthplace is a connection that transcends time and place. This course will focus on this special relationship by presenting nā mo‘olelo (stories) of traditional places in Hawai‘i nei, poetry and mele praising various one hānau. You will then have the opportunity to share stories of your own beloved birthplace or the birthplace of your ‘ohana.

4. Mo‘olelo: Ka Na‘i Aupuni

  • Ka Na‘i Aupuni” – The conqueror of the nation.
    The Ka Na‘i Aupuni course focuses on learning about the life of Kamehameha I, the first ruler of all Hawai‘i. Ka Na‘i Aupuni references to Kamehameha’s ability to unite the islands under his rule and leadership. This course presents information about his prophetic birth, his childhood, his years as a young student learning from great teachers and mentors, his awesome leadership qualities as a warrior, and his time as a great ruling chief with the capacity to unite the islands and gain the love and respect of his people. The mo‘olelo or stories, and the mele or songs and chants, along with a variety of activities selected are intended to teach adults about our great ruler and chief, Kamehameha I, so they can share with their ‘ohana the ‘ike or knowledge that they have learned.

5. Mālama: ‘Āina

  • Mālama ‘Āina ” – To care for the land
    He ali‘i ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka. The land is a chief; the man is its servant. This course will focus on sustainability of our resources. The course explores traditional ways Hawaiians lived to allow for preservation. You will learn the deeper purpose for why the Hawaiians hold the land so important. The knowledge acquired from these concepts will hopefully encourage you and your ‘ohana to apply them in everyday life.

5. Pauahi Lani Nui -

  • Pauahi Lani Nui” – The Life of Story of Pauahi
    This course covers the life story of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, and founder and benefactress of Kamehameha Schools.  This course celebrates the different stages of Pauahi’s life including her childhood, her achievements as a student, her growth into womanhood, and her legacy as a founder of Kamehameha Schools.  In addition, Pauahi Lani Nui will provide ‘ohana with a variety of supplemental, interactive and multimedia activities to engage a diverse group of adults and young learners in discovering more about our beloved ali‘i.

Hawaiian Language Courses
Length: 4 weeks facilitated, access to the course materials for one full year
Cost: $25.00
Additional Requirement: USB Headset with microphone or computer with built-in microphone.
If you complete the course, you will receive a certificate and a course incentive.

1. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: E Ola Ka ‘Ohana

  • “E Ola ka ‘Ohana” – The family lives
    At the core of Hawaiian being is the family. In the first Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i or Hawaiian Language course vocabulary and sentence patterns will focus around the concept of ‘Ohana. Course activities will include practice exercises, a short ha‘i ‘ōlelo or speech in which each participant gives basic information about themselves, and a recitation of mo‘okū‘auhau or genealogy.

2. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Pili ‘Ohana

  • “Pili ‘Ohana” – Family Relationships
    In ka papa Pili ‘Ohana (the Pili ‘Ohana course) we will revisit some of the concepts taught in E Ola Ka ‘Ohana and build on them by taking a closer look at family relationships and interactions amongst family members.  Sentence patterns will focus on introducing and describing family members as well what they enjoy doing. Course activities will include practice exercises and the creation of a digital photo journal about your ‘Ohana.

3. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Ku‘u Wahi NohoAward Winning Star

  • “Ku‘u Wahi Noho ” – Where I live
    The Ku‘u Wahi Noho papa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i or Hawaiian language course will focus on the area that you live in.  You will learn sentence patterns and vocabulary that will help you to express your location and the location of special places in your home town.  Learn how to guide someone to your local post-office or to your favorite restaurant.  Course activities will include practice exercises, games, and interactive activities to help you strengthen your language base.
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4. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Kuleana

  • “E kuahui like i ka hana” – Let everybody pitch in and work together
    Through various ‘ōlelo no‘eau or Hawaiian Proverbs, the importance of working together and completing your share of the kuleana can be seen. This Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i course will focus on kuleana or responsibility. The vocabulary and grammar selected will enable the learner to give and receive commands, follow instructions, and communicate desires for help around the house. Course activities will help you to practice, develop, and share your skills with your ‘ohana.

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