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Aug 4 - 29:

H1 ‘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.

Cost of course is FREE.

*Registration is limited to the first 700 people

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Aug 11 - 29:

A1Mālama ‘Āina

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.

Cost of course is $25.

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Sept 1 - 26:

‘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.

Cost of course is $25

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Sept 8 - 26:

M1 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).

Cost of course is $25.

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General Program and Course Information
Would you like to reconnect with your roots and share the Hawaiian culture with your ‘ohana?  Join us in an online enrichment program for adults interested in the Hawaiian culture and language. Discover Hawaiian values, beliefs and traditions in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

Courses are only $25.00 (except for FREE coures, for which there is no charge) and include a facilitator for 3-4 weeks, access to materials for a full year. If you complete the course, you'll also be mailed an incentive.

Target Audience
Parents, caregivers, alumni, educators and all other interested adults who want to learn more about Hawaiian history, language and cultural practices via distance education.

Program Goals
To provide:

  • culturally-based learning opportunities worldwide via a self-paced online environment;
  • access to culturally-relevant resources to share with their families;
  • a virtual community where they can share ideas, resources and experiences related to ‘Ike Hawai‘i
Current Collaborators

The following organizations and internal Kamehameha Schools (KS) groups are currently offering A‘o Makua courses to their constituents:

Leeward Community College Associate in Arts in Teaching
Partners In Development Foundation, Nā Pono No Nā ‘Ohana
Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation
KS Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
  • Post-High (Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi & ‘Imi Naāuao)
  • Preschool (Pauahi Keiki Scholars & Kipona Scholarship Program)
For more information, visit our A'o Makua Collaborations page.
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