Hawaii, more than a tourist destination.
A sense of place, universal values, a culture and language on the brink of extinction. Hawaiʻi, the worlds most isolated land mass at over 2,000 miles away from its nearest neighbor in any direction finds itself in a battle of identity after decades of commercialism, false history, and suppression of customs, culture, and language.
The fortunate few and the 2%
During the later part of the 20th century, it was estimated that there would be no Hawaiians remaining, that it would be an extinct race as epidemics were decimating the native population. Fortunately this dire prediction failed to materialize where today we find native Hawaiians on a rebound however, with the many lost generations and changing society in the islands, it is estimated that only 2% of everyone in Hawai'i can speak, read, and write in the Hawaiian language.
Magnify the Solution
Through efforts of many who have come before, the Hawaiian language was saved from extinction and in 1969 recognized as an official language of the State of Hawaii, the only State in the United States to have two official languages.
We look to magnify the solution of increased Hawaiian language learning through books, videos, classes, activities, and engagement through all means possible to work toward making Hawaiian language common once again in Hawaii!
We invite you to join us and be part of the solution to keep Hawaiian culture thriving as it starts with language!