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The Conversation: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, perpetuating the Hawaiian language

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Hawaiian language is one of two official state languages. In 1987, in light of the Hawai'i State Constitution mandate to promote the study of Hawaiian culture, language and history, the Department of Education established the Hawaiian Studies Program and the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawai'i.
  • Leilani Poliʻahu, the voice behind HPR's "Hawaiian Word of the Day," and HPR’s Paige Okamura, host of the Hawaiian music show "Hawaiʻi Kulāiwi," talk about the popular HWOTD series | Full Story
  • HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi highlights the unique Hawaiian language play "Ho’oilina" at the University of Hawaiʻi | Full Story
  • Professor Noenoe Silva delves into the stories of six female columnists who wrote for the last Hawaiian-language newspaper "Ka Hoku O Hawaii" Full Story
  • Kalani Kalima shares the history and meaning behind Hūnānāniho, the original name restored to Waimanalo Bay Beach Park | Full Story
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Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter.
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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