Challenge: Hawaiian Language Circles, Modern Day Puuhonua

Directions:

1. With a red piece of chalk, draw a circle on a busy sidewalk large enough to fit about five kanaka sitting down.

2. On the outside of the circle following the curve of the circle write: "A Sanctuary: within the circle Hawaiian language only"

3. On the inside of the circle right beneath the Olelo Pelekane following the curve of the circle write: "He Puuhonua: Olelo Hawaii wale no"

4. Sit in the middle of the circle and wait. If someone should enter the circle, greet them: "Aloha mai, pehea oe?"

5. Continue to olelo Hawaii to your guests within the circle teaching them and encouraging them all the time remembering that you represent your kupuna with what you say and do and how you react . Do not respond to confrontation.

6. Be patient with yourself and your guests. Make friends :) You may want to bring games to play like checkers or cards, anything to create conversation.

7. When you are finished, wash away the Puuhonua with a bucket of water. Malama pono.

If you saw a lonely kanaka sitting in a red circle on the sidewalk of Kalakaua Avenue what would you do? It is my hope that the practice of creating these olelo Hawaii circles will increase the opportunity to olelo Hawaii outside of the classroom. Many of us leave kulanui with the ability to olelo but lose it for lack of use. There are thousands of us whose use of the language is limited to online chatting or reading or speaking to only those in our families and halau. I hope to change that.

E ola mau ka olelo Hawaii!

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Comment by ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa on February 23, 2009 at 3:50pm
Ae hoihoi loa! manao maikai. If you try this, maybe send an email out on Maoliworld about where and when you will set one up, so those who want to participate can give it a good start. Try on a weekend someplace safe and easy to do and easy to get to.

"If you saw a lonely kanaka sitting in a red circle on the sidewalk of Kalakaua Avenue what would you do?"

Pono au e noho i loko o kela lina poepoe ulaula a e walaau, me ke aloha a me ka mahalo.
Comment by Kaapuikinaea on February 20, 2009 at 4:08pm
Continue to olelo Hawaii to your guests within the circle teaching them and encouraging them all the time remembering that you represent your kupuna with what you say and do and how you react . Do not respond to confrontation.

Best advice ever. Encouraging is important.


Many of us leave kulanui with the ability to olelo but lose it for lack of use. There are thousands of us whose use of the language is limited to online chatting or reading or speaking to only those in our families and halau. I hope to change that.

So true. I personally hate writing in another lang. I'd rather practice speaking it. I don't like reading either. You get better results speaking and most importantly hearing it.

But I like your whole concept, very interesting.

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