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Larry Lindsey Kimura of Hawaiʻi Island was just a child when he began to sense that the Hawaiian language his grandmother spoke fluently was on the verge of extinction. Ever since, he has committed his life to the preservation and perpetuation of the language, as a teacher and developer of innovative programs, including Pūnana Leo, the Hawaiian language preschools.

Original airdate: 31.Mei.2016

He Papahana Lēkiō ʻo Ka Leo Hawaiʻi (Makahiki 2000)
December 09, 2010 08:48 PM PST

If you enjoyed this recording of this Hawaiian language papahana lēkiō, please let me know. Podcast donations via the PayPal button below are welcome. Mahalo nui!

E ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!


Mele Kalikimaka 2010!
December 03, 2010 10:37 PM PST
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He makana mele nāu. A gift of song for you.


Pō hemolele ke ʻōlino nei nā hōkū
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

Ka pō i hānau ai ka Hoʻōla
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.

Loa ke ao me nā hewa nā luʻuluʻu
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

Ka wā i hōʻea mai a ʻolu ka ʻuhane
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

Hauʻoli ē nā luhi manaʻolana
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

Pohā nūhou ka wena o ka lā
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn.

Pelu nā kuli, hoʻolohe i nā leo ʻānela
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!

Ka pō kamahaʻo i hānau ai ʻo Kristo
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

Ka pō kamahaʻo, ka pō kamahaʻo!
O night divine, O night, O holy night!

Translated by Martha K. Poepoe


Poʻo/Piko/ʻAwe Breakdown:

Pō hemolele / ke ʻōlino nei / nā hōkū
Poʻo: kikino, kāhulu / Poʻo: māka painu / Piko: kaʻi, kikino

Ka pō / i hānau ai / ka Hoʻōla
Poʻo: kaʻi, kikino / māka painu / Poʻo: kaʻi, kikino

Loa / ke ao / me nā hewa nā luʻuluʻu
Poʻo: painu / Piko: kaʻi, kikino / ʻAwe: ʻami, kaʻi, kikino, kaʻi, kikino

Ka wā / i hōʻea mai / a / ʻolu / ka ʻuhane
Poʻo: kaʻi, kikino / ʻami, painu, hune kuhi / ʻami kuʻi / Poʻo: painu / Piko: kaʻi, kikino

Hauʻoli ē / nā luhi manaʻolana
Poʻo: painu, hune ʻaʻau / Piko: kaʻi, kikino, kāhulu

Pohā nūhou / ka wena / o ka lā
Poʻo: Painu, kāhulu / Piko: kaʻi, kikino / ʻAwe: ʻami, kaʻi, kikino

Pelu / nā kuli, / hoʻolohe / i nā leo ʻānela
Poʻo: painu / Piko: kaʻi, kikino / Poʻo: painu / ʻAwe: ʻami kuhi, kaʻi, kikino, kāhulu

Ka pō kamahaʻo / i hānau ai / ʻo Kristo
Poʻo: kaʻi, kikino, kāhulu / māka painu / Piko: ʻami piko ʻo, iʻoa

Ka pō kamahaʻo, ka pō kamahaʻo!
Poʻo: kaʻi, kikino, kāhulu, kaʻi, kikino, kāhulu


To hear the full version of Uncle Willie K's (Kahaialiʻi) awesome rendition of this mele (song), click here.

Mele Kalikimaka!

na ʻAlika
(by ʻAlika)

Note: The original image used in this Christmas card with permission is copyright protected by Herb Kāne. Please do not duplicate/distribute. Clip of Pō Hemolele (O Holy Night) used with permission by the Mountain Apple Company. Mahalo nui!

Context of Christmas card image: The Polynesian migration to Hawaiʻi was part of one of the most remarkable achievements of humanity: the discovery and settlement of the remote, widely scattered islands of the central Pacific. The migration began before the birth of Christ. While Europeans were sailing close to the coastlines of continents before developing navigational instruments that would allow them to venture onto the open ocean, voyagers from Fiji, Tonga, and Sāmoa began to settle islands in an ocean area of over 10 million square miles. The settlement took a thousand years to complete and involved finding and fixing in mind the position of islands, sometimes less than a mile in diameter on which the highest landmark was a coconut tree. By the time European explorers entered the Pacific Ocean in the 16th century almost all the habitable islands had been settled for hundreds of years.

A Great Makana Kalikimaka (Christmas Gift)
December 08, 2009 10:27 AM PST

Aloha mai,

Here's a great makana Kalikimaka (Christmas Gift): Lei Pūpū O Niʻihau (Niʻihau shell lei).

For more info, visit:


na ʻAlika

02 iSpeak: Spelling and Pronunciation (continued)
December 06, 2009 02:10 AM PST

Show Notes: An in-depth look into the intricacies of proper spelling and pronunciation of Hawaiian words.

Lōʻihi: 16:33 :: Nui: 19 MB

:: 00:00 Hoʻolauna (Intro)

:: 01:31 Hawaiian Word Survey (columns 2 and 3)

:: 14:58 Panina (Closing)

:: 15:56 Special announcement

This episode is brought to you by the kind donations of the following people: Kim V., Debbie B., Sarah W., Brendan R., Louis M. and George M. Mahalo nui loa!

Comments, questions and bandwidth fee donations (via the PayPal Donate button) are welcome. Mahalo.

Spelling and Pronunciation PDF 2009
November 26, 2009 12:14 AM PST

Purchase the downloadable, 4-page PDF needed for episode 01 and 02 for $3.00 via PayPal HERE.

Mahalo nui,

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards 2008
August 26, 2008 02:33 PM PDT

Welina me ke aloha iā kākou!

This year's Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards show will be streamed live on the web beginning at 7:30 p.m. (HST) this evening here:


E ola nā mele ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!

Mele Manaka 2008
April 03, 2008 01:20 PM PDT

Live online streaming of Mele Manaka (Merrie Monarch) begins tonight at 6 p.m. (HST).


May the best hālau hula win!


Hoʻokūkū Hīmeni
March 12, 2008 12:33 PM PDT

Aloha mai,

This Poʻalima (Friday, the 14th of Malaki), the annual Hoʻokūkū Hīmeni O Kamehameha will be held on Oʻahu broadcast statewide in HD and streamed live worldwide on the web. This year's theme has to do with, ʻae, pololei, ka hoʻōla ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language revitalization, which you are a part of), as the haumāna of Kamehameha honor the Hawaiian language by singing the songs of 10 Hawaiian poets of our generation, from noted haku mele, Larry Lindsey "Kauanoe" Kimura and ʻAnakē ʻĪlei Beniamina to Kealiʻi Reichel.

Tune in and hear the sweet sounds of the ʻōlelo in the choral style with incomparable attention to detail in using correct pronunciation (kahakō and ʻokina) and enunciation of those vowel sounds as a Hawaiian language award is at stake.

View the loulou (links) below for more information:



Ke aloha nō,

P.S. And don't forget to mark your ʻalemanaka (calendar) for the upcoming annual Hoʻokūkū Hula ʻO Merrie Monarch (a.k.a. Mele Manaka) next month.

View the loulou (link) below for more information:


Song credit:
I Mua Kamehameha
Charles E. King
Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate
A Muscial Tradition: Nā Mele Hoʻoheno, 1997

ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola
March 10, 2008 06:42 PM PDT

Aloha mai,

Please check out a Hawaiian language pilot news program on KGMB9's (CBS) morning newscast. Click here for more info:



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