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Learn Hawaiian through conversations

The ultimate escape to paradise, Hawaii’s eight beautiful islands offer an incomparable immersion into some of the world’s most dazzling waters, stunning landscapes, and unique culture. Enrich your Hawaiian experience by becoming a hoaloha (friend) of the island through language. Hawaii’s art, dance, music, and cuisine come to life when you learn the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language). Whether you’re learning hula on Kauai, riding a mule through the breathtaking trails of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, or dining at a five-star bistro in Oahu, Hawaii’s oasis awaits you.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Hawaiian language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Hawaiian culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Hawaiian culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Hawaiian language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Hawaiian

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Travel
  • 3Activities
  • 4Places
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - We Are Family.
  • Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You
  • Chapter 4 - Home Sweet Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you go to school?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money
  • Chapter 3 - What would you like?
  • Chapter 4 - The Shopping Spree
  • Chapter 5 - X marks the spot
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What Did You Do This Past Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party.
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat!
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That!
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet others and bid them farewell
  • Identify subject pronouns
  • Introduce yourself
  • Meet new people

Grammar Goals

  • Be briefly introduced to verbless, definite sentences
  • Create simple equational sentences with adjectives
  • Understand the differences between personal pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We Are Family.

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions regarding familial relationships
  • Describe someone in relation to family members
  • Introduce someone else

Grammar Goals

  • Be briefly introduced to sentences with verbs
  • Create definite equational sentences with nouns
  • Use the 3 different forms of "the" correctly

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate feelings
  • Describe physical characteristics
  • Express interest
  • Inquire about a stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Ask a yes / no question
  • Briefly practice sentences with verbs & tense
  • Make definite, verbless ‘O sentences negative
  • Use adverbs with adjectives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Home Sweet Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
  • Explain where you are from
  • Identify languages and countries
  • Inquire about someone’s ability to speak a language

Grammar Goals

  • Create a verbless prepositional sentence
  • Get acquainted with verbs with tense
  • Use direct and indirect objects in sentences
  • Use the right object preposition for various words

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you go to school?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss past events
  • Discuss the merits of a school
  • Inquire about programs

Grammar Goals

  • Use of past tense in sentences with verbs
  • Use of ‘o for a proper name with a noun
  • Use verbless indefinite (a / an) sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for clarification
  • Describe current actions
  • Give commands
  • Provide and obtain new information
  • Request new vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Be introduced to questions with interrogatives & verbs
  • Create affirmative & negative command sentences
  • Create present tense sentences with verbs & adverbs
  • Understand the use of ma instead of i as a preposition
  • Use kēlā & kēnā correctly

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask permission to do something
  • Ask the price for something
  • Count
  • Express desire to do something
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • State ability using the hiki sentence pattern
  • Use numbers in sentences without possession
  • Use two verbs in a sentence

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What would you like?

Conversational Goals

  • Express future plans
  • Express tastes
  • Identify various articles of clothing & colors
  • Question statements made by others

Grammar Goals

  • Create negative past, present, and future tenses
  • Use both forms of the word "and" in sentences
  • Use pronouns vs. nouns in negative sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - The Shopping Spree

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire necessities
  • Find places to shop
  • Gather information from a native speaker
  • Inquire about shops in the local area

Grammar Goals

  • State where things are located
  • Use the 2 different forms of "there" correctly
  • Use Ua for present tense stative sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - X marks the spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and receive directions
  • Describe the distance from one location to another
  • Describe the location of one object in relation to another

Grammar Goals

  • Understand the dual meaning of makemake
  • Use interrogatives in questions
  • Use verbs as nouns
  • Use Eia instead of Aia

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss sports and exercises
  • Express general time relationships
  • Invite someone to join along

Grammar Goals

  • Use a direct object to modify a verb
  • Use interrogative word when in questions correctly
  • Use the 2 different forms of when correctly

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
  • Discuss the months of the year
  • Discuss the seasons

Grammar Goals

  • Start sentences with prepositional phrases
  • Use "why" and "where" in questions
  • Use He mea & an adjective to describe a noun

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What Did You Do This Past Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse about the days of the week
  • Discuss weekend activities
  • Talk about age and birthdays
  • Use the terms weekday and weekend

Grammar Goals

  • Differentiate o- versus a-class possessives
  • Learn to use k-less possessive adjectives
  • Use numbers with verbless possession sentences
  • Use understood tense in verbless sentences
  • Use mau to show pluralization

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party.

Conversational Goals

  • Make future plans
  • Tell time

Grammar Goals

  • Tell time in whole hours
  • Tell time using "quarter past" and "half past"
  • Tell time using minutes after and before the hour
  • Use command form with i to mean "should"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a departure
  • Strengthen relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Describe cause for verbless adjective sentences
  • Use of interrogative "what" as a direct object
  • Use of interrogative "who" as a subject

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for medication
  • Describe incomplete past events
  • Describe symptoms
  • Speak to a pharmacist or doctor

Grammar Goals

  • Use E...ana to describe incomplete past actions
  • Use pono as an adjective

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat!

Conversational Goals

  • Identify items on the dinner table
  • Offer assistance
  • Order a meal
  • Understand the customs of local dining

Grammar Goals

  • Use "please" at the end of a sentence
  • Use Aia a to denote once an action is done
  • Use ‘Akahi nō for first time action or an action just done

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask whether a dish contains certain ingredients
  • Explain that you require a special diet
  • Give compliments
  • Reference senses

Grammar Goals

  • Use adjective based sentences with the five senses
  • Use loa‘a to state what one has or obtained
  • Use ‘a‘ohe to mean "none" or "never"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions
  • Declare that a problem exists
  • State that you do not know something

Grammar Goals

  • Create recent past using adverb particles iho and nei
  • Use adverb particle ‘ia to create passive verbs
  • Use inā to create "if" clauses

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer questions
  • Find out what something is used for
  • Request emergency aid

Grammar Goals

  • Use verb marker i ... ai to mean "in order to"
  • Use I mea aha to ascertain an object's purpose

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