Hālau ʻŌlelo

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He hoʻokipa i ka hālau nei ē!

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A he noho i ka hau a ka māna lā ē!

Ke hea aku nei i ke kanaka a e komo!

He mai nō!

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Hālau ʻŌlelo is a hālau that shares ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi on a global level. Our mission is to aʻo and hoʻōla ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi through trending technologies in order to grow a superdiverse community that uses Hawaiian as a daily language. We are located in geographically dispersed locations around the world. Our classes, courses, and workshops are held in-person, online, and in mobile applications. Haumāna customize their participation. Participation is tuition-free. Meeting dates and times will vary and are scheduled upon completion of learning activities. Self-directed and self-paced alternatives are highly encouraged. Frequency of meetings, self-directed studies, level graduations, and track graduations depend on haumāna fulfillment of the teaching and learning requests made by the kumu of Hālau ʻŌlelo. We respect your privacy and do our best to accommodate feedback. Indigenous Hawaiian values of kumu leadership and hālau culture is prioritized and strongly enforced. We appreciate all who visit, contribute, and find value during their stay with us.


As an important indigenous Hawaiian practice, please acknowledge with us the moʻokūʻauhau of our work:


Founder & Kumu

Kainoa Embernate is an ʻŌiwi Hawaiʻi born in Hilo and raised along the Hāmākua coast of Hawaiʻi Island. He acknowledges his kūpuna whose genealogical ties are in Kohala, Portugal, Mexico, Japan and the Philippines. Raised in a multi-ethnic pastoralist/agriculturalist community, Kainoa did not ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi as a first language.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies, a Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education certification, and a Master of Arts 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 moved to New York City in October 2012 to complete rigorous training and development in Classic Culinary Arts at the International Culinary Institute (formerly the French Culinary Institute). During his occupation as a cook, Kainoa taught in-person ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi classes throughout the New York Tri-State area to Hawaiian diasporic individuals, Hawaiian cultural-practitioners, and other enthusiasts.

On September 12, 2016, Kainoa founded Hālau ʻŌlelo. He is currently a Ph.D learner in Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University. As an independent scholar-practitioner, he aims to disrupt negative ideologies that endanger ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

As a current guest resident on Lenapehoking territory of the Indigenous Lenape people, Kainoa dedicates his time and energy developing Indigenous Hawaiian scholarly work and practical applications. He is an independent consultant based in New York City working with community leaders to make visible and equitable Indigenous Hawaiian ways. He is also the director of training for a growing franchise, quick service restaurant group based in New York City.

Connect professionally with Kainoa here.

ACTIVITY: Listen to KUMU KAINOA EMBERNATE - Hawaiian Language Educator

Photo credit: Kathy Lebron

Photo credit: Kathy Lebron

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What has been keeping ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi endangered?

ACTIVITY: View Ola Nā Iwi



  1. ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is an endangered Indigenous language.

  2. Money has limited learning ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and contributing to its revitalization.

ACTIVITY: View E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi


A massive project grounded in Indigenous Hawaiian ways to revitalize ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi through tuition-free education via in-person meetings, online platforms, and mobile technologies

ACTIVITY: View PBS Hawaii - INSIGHTS: What Role Does Hawaiian Language Play in Our State?


A superdiverse community of people who will steward ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi from an Indigenous Hawaiian way

ACTIVITY: Read the Timeline of Hawaiian Language Revitalization

Intention of Kumu

Empower haumāna to teach and share ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in their own way through in-person meetings, online platforms, and mobile technologies.

ACTIVITY: View ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Objectives For Haumāna

  1. Moʻokūʻauhau: After completing a level with the kumu, the haumāna will develop an autobiography in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Upon completion of a track, that haumāna will finalize and digitize their autobiography and present in a Hālau ʻŌlelo graduation ceremony

ACTIVITY: View Moʻokūʻauhau


  1. Ea: After completing a haʻawina with the kumu, the haumāna will create an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi learning artifact (social media post, blog/vlog, sound clip, video clip, meal, dance, workshop, lecture, presentation, retreat, etc) and share in technology. Upon completion of creating and sharing that ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi learning artifact in technology, that haumāna will schedule and continue to a new haʻawina with the kumu


  2. Kuleana: After completing a haʻawina with the kumu, the haumāna will share about that haʻawina to a minimum of (and not limited to) 4 people. Upon completion of sharing with those 4 people, that haumāna will schedule and continue to a new haʻawina with the kumu.

ACTIVITY: View Building Hawaiian Language Capacity

Instructional Strategies Of Kumu

  1. Moʻokūʻauhau: The kumu will share Indigenous Hawaiian ways on relationship and connection through ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

  2. Ea: The kumu will share Indigenous Hawaiian ways on space and time through ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

  3. Kuleana: The kumu will share Indigenous Hawaiian ways on being and function through ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

ACTIVITY: Read Kumu Honua Mauli Ola: He Kālaimanaʻo Hoʻonaʻauao ʻŌiwi Hawaiʻi

Learning Activities For Haumāna

  1. Moʻokūʻauhau: Haumāna will develop and digitize an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi autobiography before continuing to the next level


  2. Ea: Haumāna will create an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi learning artifact (social media post, blog/vlog, sound clip, video clip, meal, dance, workshop, lecture, presentation, retreat, etc) and share in technology before continuing to the next haʻawina


  3. Kuleana: Haumāna will share ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi knowledge to a minimum of (and not limited to) 4 people before continuing to the next haʻawina

ACTIVITY: Read Classical Hawaiian Education

Curriculum Of Hālau ʻŌlelo

  1. Track One - He Kākau a Heluhelu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

  2. Track Two - He Hoʻolohe a He Lawena ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

  3. Track Three - He Honua, He Piko, a He Kanaka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

ACTIVITY: Read Voices of Eden: A History of Hawaiian Language Studies

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