Hawaiian Language

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Long before concepts like sustainability and biodiversity became environmentalist buzzwords, native Hawaiians cared for their environment as a natural expression of their belief that the land is chief. Now a growing number of Hawaiian language speakers working in conservation are helping to unlock ancestral wisdom preserved in the ʻōlelo, and changing the industry in the process.

Tonight's show was recorded live on location at the Hawaiʻi State Public Library's main branch in Honolulu and features Hawaiian music pulled exclusively from their audio collection then re-shelved. If any of tonight's music piques your interest, please do check it out from your nearest public library - you can use their helpful app to easily request and check out books! Just make sure you pay your fines first.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hawaiʻi’s second-largest shopping mall, Pearlridge Center is rebranding its buildings with Hawaiian names. As HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports this may be part of a growing trend among Hawaiʻi businesses – but getting it right remains a challenge.

Casey Harlow

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk about how the Hawaiian language is finding more platforms to be shared around the world. He'll talk to the course curriculum developers about Duolingo, and how Hawaiian can now be learned there.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The E. K. Fernandez 50th State Fair entered new territory this past weekend – linguistic territory that is. Fairgoers were treated to the first ever Hawaiian Language Night. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi was there and filed this report.   

Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat

February is Hawaiian language month in the state of Hawai‘i. Nearly 40 years ago, the Hawaiian language was recognized as one of two official languages in the state. While the Hawaiian language speaking community has grown, recent events in a Maui courtroom have led to questions about what it really means to have Hawaiian as an official language. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

The Conversation: Friday, January 26th, 2018

Jan 26, 2018
Kawainui Marsh in Kailua's Future Facebook

Hawaiian Language Court Controversy; New Ocean Management Tool; Kawainui Marsh Master Plan; Place and Culture Forum

Bryan Berkowitz

There’s a court case that’s drawing a lot of attention and not just for the reason the defendant is on trial but because he is insisting on defending himself in his native Hawaiian language. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Disney

You’ve probably heard the news. The Walt Disney animated film Moana has been translated into Hawaiian. Most Disney productions are officially dubbed in more than 46 global languages after appearing in English. But this is a first for Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian speaking community. So what does it take to translate a Disney movie? HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has the answer.

Na Kau A Hi'iaka

One of Hawaiʻi’s oldest stories is making a new appearance on a local stage. It’s a legend that has been passed down through hula for generations, and it is now being performed in Hawaiian. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi talks with Hawaiian playwright and director Kauʻi Kaina.

A school name change on Oʻahu is raising awareness in that community about the origin of place names in Hawaiʻi. The Governing Board for Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School has decided to revive the traditional place name for the land beneath the school. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Guest DJ in the house tonight! DJ Mermaid from KTUH will be sitting in and mixing some of her favorites.

Episode 79: Keeping a Language Alive

Nov 17, 2016


Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Hawaiian language students at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are working with millions of historical documents that were previously lost in translation.