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You can find information about the KEALALEO Hawaiian Immersion Program and contact me regarding private lessons, workshops or monthly classes. You can click on Resources and learn a little Hawaiian, or get direct links to websites that can help you in your learning process.
To speak another language is adopting another perspective. For those of us who live in the islands, Hawaiian is our language, our culture and our home.
"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you're still way ahead of someone who isn't trying"
Matika Wilbur speaking about the Kealaleo Method at the 2015 NIEA Conference, "Building Education Nations through Traditional Foundations."
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"Thank you so much, this has been a great class!" - Nicole
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Islands on the map that have a blue circle with a letter in it are links that you can open to view what is available. If you are interested in registering, click on the register here button and it will take you to the contact page. You can also go to the contact page if you have any questions.
THE KEALALEO METHOD
There is no way to truly explain how Kealaleo works. As with anything else in life, the easiest way is to see the process and then experience it. Below you can view some videos of how the method works when we use the manipulative pieces and then you can decide if this style of learning is for you.
Although many people refer to this as a "new" method, it is really a method taken from the past. The way that we view our relationship with the world is based upon the language that we speak. Our language dictates how we perceive the world and the environment around us. We rely heavily these days on the written word as the main vehicle for learning. However, Hawaiian was not a written language, and so viewing the written word as the best way to learn a second language, is actually an introduced concept and perception. Kealaleo, takes us back to learning a language the way we learned our first language.
In 2015, the Kealaleo method was recognized and highlighted at the NIEA (National Indian Education Association) 2015 46th Annual Convention & Trade Show, the topic being Building Education Nations through Traditional Foundations.
In 2009 while sitting in on one of the classes on Kauaʻi, Kumu ʻĪlei Beniamina from Niʻihau upon observing the method, threw her hands in the air and exclaimed "Brilliant!" Her statement about Kealaleo was that it allowed the student to learn the language in its most raw form, the spoken form.
It is our goal in Kealaleo to put the student in a place where the language can become an everyday activity, and progress to be a normal part of life. If you have any questions, I invite you to click on "contact me" in the header menu and send me an email.
It is my hope that everyone will have a chance to experience learning in this method. I encourage everyone who is involved in Hawaiian arts or practices to get involved somehow in the language as it will literally make a huge difference in your worl
Watch How the Method Works
He lei ko Hawaiʻi ʻōlelo. E lei ʻoe.