Community Philosophy

Causing Community

Our Hālau ʻŌlelo community shares a mutual concern for one another's welfare and those who share our life. Together, we contribute to the legacy of Hawaiian language and culture. As ancestors, we fortify a stronger foundation for our descendants and future generations. We acknowledge Charles H. Vogl for his permission and guidance with regard to the development of our Hālau ʻŌlelo community philosophy. The shared values, membership identity and moral proscriptions listed below act as a guiding light to inspire unity, clarity, aloha and kuleana in our conversations and actions from our organization.

Shared Values

Our Shared Values allow us to do what we do.

  • Accepting others in communication the way they are and the way they are not.

  • Clarifying intention to generate complete self-expression.

  • Acting on word with integrity, accountability and alacrity.

  • Embracing what Hawaiian and indigenous language education allows possible.

  • Empathizing with others to wholly receive and offer in conversation.

  • Celebrating contributions to the lingual heritage and cultural legacy of an indigenous group's past, present and future.

  • Being an extraordinary ancestor in time, space, relationship and communication.

 Membership Identity

Our Membership Identity keeps us who we are.

  • I am a life-long learner. I am an active participant in sustainable Hawaiian and indigenous language expression. I am a resource of Hawaiian and indigenous language and responsible for serving my immediate cultural bases. I am my word.

  • I seek learning opportunities and expand my proficiencies in Hawaiian and indigenous language expression. I dedicate my time and energy to sharing life in aloha. I honor my sources.

  • I believe language is the fiber of my being. I believe a world of peace is possible through Hawaiian and indigenous language education. 

  • I am aloha and kuleana.

Moral Proscriptions

Our Moral Proscriptions anchor our intentions.

  • We protect sensitive information of our members' private and public times, spaces and relationships.

  • We do not tolerate any form of harassment, threat to safety, indecent exposure, impermissible action, and dishonoring of any heritage and legacy.

  • We share an evolving understanding of living in harmony.

  • We share this understanding with our individual self, our intimate relationships, our family and friends, our groups, organizations, communities, and our world.

  • We respect the seen and unseen forces of the natural world and all forms of our ancestors from the past, present and future.  Most importantly, we respect our individual self.

  • We show respect by restoring aloha and kuleana by expressing language that will cause greater possibilities.