Educational Methodology

A New Approach

Sharing in Hawaiian language education with Hālau ʻŌlelo will be a new experience. Our approach recreates Hawaiian language at the catalyst of being human. This moves us beyond historical experiences of Hawaiian language education - the phenomenon of sharing knowledge, insight and experience from the depths of antiquity toward the foreground of communication. Our core methods allow us to reframe, reactivate and amplify students' proficiencies in their Hawaiian language endeavors.

Foundational Framework

A traditional Hawaiian wisdom saying states: "I ka ʻōlelo nō ke ola; i ka ʻōlelo nō ka make - In the language is life. In the language is death." (Pukui, 1983)

This is the foundation of our educational methodology. Exploring and understanding this Hawaiian wisdom inspires and drives our thought: Language spaces create, un-create and re-create.

Essential Questions

These essential questions mobilize our core methods:

  1. Time: How does time occur in language spaces?
  2. Relationship: How do relationships occur in language spaces?
  3. Function: What are the functions that are possible from language spaces?

Core Methods

These core methods drive the curriculum scope and sequence of our programs:

  1. Time: Expand and collapse language spaces on demand.
  2. Relationship: Distinguish and shift language spaces parts-to-whole.
  3. Function: Employ and restore generous language spaces with abundance.

Participants of Hālau ʻŌlelo will understand how these essential questions and core methods show up beyond their participation in our programs.