Hālau ʻŌlelo

Learn Hawaiian anywhere, anytime

Participation Types & Pricing

Facebook Page - No cost, donations accepted

For the Leisurely Learner
The Hālau ʻŌlelo Facebook Page caters to the leisurely learner and for those who are on a tight budget.

Good for Networking
Meet and network with other Hawaiian language learners and practitioners worldwide.

Attend Monthly Orientations
Participate in a monthly orientation where new and current participants share about Hālau ʻŌlelo.

Watch Livestreams
Watch free Hawaiian language class livestreams and recordings.

Keep Posted
Keep posted with news and media related to Hawaiian and indigenous language worldwide.

Upcoming Events
View, RSVP and share upcoming classes, workshops and other events.

 

Facebook Closed Group - $30 per month

For the Self-Directed Learner
The Hālau ʻŌlelo Facebook Closed Group is designed for independent learners who self-directs their study on their own time and budget.

Long-Term Learning
Three tracks are offered, each track is six levels long. Learners may enroll in one, two or three at the same time. Learning can be ongoing or postponed.

Community Support
All learners contribute to others’ learning. Student-mentors and lead-mentors are encouraged to teach new learners.

Free Clinic with Kumu Kainoa
Kumu Kainoa will post a poll with his availability for free clinics. Learners, student-mentors and lead-mentors are encouraged to bring their questions forward.

Multimedia Learning
The curriculum is organized into units. Each learner will purchase or download the course material and complete the exercises and assignments. All work is to be posted as a comment (video, sound, image, url link). Feedback is provided by Kumu Kainoa and fellow participants.

Capstone Projects
Upon completion of a level, a learner will complete a portion of the track capstone and receive a completion certificate.

Graduation
Upon completion of a track, a learner will complete and present their track capstone at a graduation. Kumu Kainoa will prepare a full length kīhei (completion garment) stamped with the appropriate level and track designs. This will signify that a learner has graduated as an independent kumu ʻōlelo. Location, date and time to be determined with the graduate cohort to include local family, friends, colleagues and partnering hālau.

 

One-On-One Video Class - $20 per hour

For the Private Learner
The Hālau ʻŌlelo Group Video Class is fits the needs of learners who seek individual time and focus in learning - no distractions.

Customize and Personalize
A learner may choose to develop a special curriculum with Kumu Kainoa or to work from the *Hālau ʻŌlelo curriculum. Meeting times and dates are created by the learner with Kumu Kainoa.

Multimedia Learning
Learners are invited to use familiar video chat applications that include Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom Conference. Pages, Google Docs may also be used as a visual learning tool to discuss exercises and assignments.

*Capstone Projects
Upon completion of a level, a learner will complete a portion of the track capstone and receive a completion certificate.

*Graduation
Upon completion of a track, a learner will complete and present their track capstone at a graduation. Kumu Kainoa will prepare a full length kīhei (completion garment) stamped with the appropriate level and track designs. This will signify that a learner has graduated as an independent kumu ʻōlelo. Location, date and time to be determined with the graduate cohort to include local family, friends, colleagues and partnering hālau.

 

Group Video Class (3 people minimum) - $10 per hour

For the Social Learner
The Hālau ʻŌlelo Group Video Class is perfect for learners who learn best when interacting with classmates.

Customize and Personalize
The group of learners may choose to develop a special curriculum with Kumu Kainoa or to work from the *Hālau ʻŌlelo curriculum. Meeting times and dates are created by learners and Kumu Kainoa.

Multimedia Learning
Learners are invited to use familiar video chat applications that include Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom Conference. Pages, Google Docs may also be used as a visual learning tool to discuss exercises and assignments.

*Capstone Projects
Upon completion of a level, a learner will complete a portion of the track capstone and receive a completion certificate.

*Graduation
Upon completion of a track, a learner will complete and present their track capstone at a graduation. Kumu Kainoa will prepare a full length kīhei (completion garment) stamped with the appropriate level and track designs. This will signify that a learner has graduated as an independent kumu ʻōlelo. Location, date and time to be determined with the graduate cohort to include local family, friends, colleagues and partnering hālau.

 

In-Person Course - $10 to $15 per hour

For the Lifelong Learner
The Hālau ʻŌlelo In-Person Course satisfies the needs for lifelong learners who seek to expand their existing knowledge.

Host Courses
Course topics include learning the Hawaiian language, music, dance, spirituality, identity, place, government, and life cycles. Contact Kumu Kainoa to create location, times and dates in your area.

RSVP
View, RSVP and share course dates and times here.

Completion
Upon completion of a course, learners will complete and present their course project at the End-Of-Course Celebration. Kumu Kainoa will prepare a half length kīhei (completion garment) stamped with the appropriate course designs. This will signify that a learner has completed a Hālau ʻŌlelo course. Location, date and time to be determined by completing cohort to include local family, friends, colleagues and partnering hālau.

 

In-Person Workshop - No cost, donations accepted

For the Practitioner Learner
The Hālau ʻŌlelo In-Person Workshop is a collaborative approach with other hālau, universities, schools, companies, organizations and communities. Learners who host and attend these workshops elevate the mastery of their craft by expanding foundational knowledge of Hawaiian and indigenous language.

Host Workshops
Workshops expand on the existing language and cultural models and practices of partnering hālau, universities, school, companies, organizations and communities. The goal is to empower current leadership, especially in Hawaiian and indigenous work. Contact Kumu Kainoa to create content, location, times and dates in your area.

RSVP
View, RSVP and share workshop dates and times here.

Completion
Upon completion of a course, learners will complete and present their course project at the End-Of-Course Celebration. Kumu Kainoa will prepare a half length kīhei (completion garment) stamped with the appropriate course designs. This will signify that a learner has completed a Hālau ʻŌlelo course. Location, date and time to be determined by completing cohort to include local family, friends, colleagues and partnering hālau.

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Founder & Kumu

 Photo credit: Kathy Lebron

Photo credit: Kathy Lebron

B. Kainoa Embernate, a Native Hawaiian born in Hilo and raised along the Hāmākua coast of Hawaiʻi Island, is the founder and director of Hālau ʻŌlelo and the founder and president of Hawaiian Language Worldwide, a non-profit public charity based in New York City. He received his post-baccalaureate certificate in Indigenous Teacher Education and MA in Indigenous Language and Culture Education from Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He taught for the ʻAha Pūnana Leo non-profit organization, Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Hawaiian medium laboratory school, and lectured at his alma mater. He is currently a Ph.D learner in Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University.

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