Kamakau & the Rebirth of a Language

May 17, 2013 3:59 pm

For Native Hawaiians, the Hawaiian language represents the Hawaiian culture and identity. In 1896, the Republic of Hawaiʻi passed a law establishing English as the language of instruction for schools in Hawaiʻi, and Hawaiian language ceased to exist in classrooms, weakening the culture and identity of the Hawaiian people.

But the people refused to let the language die, and in recent years created a movement to revitalize the language. Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau, or The School of Samuel M. Kamakau, exemplifies one of these efforts. Kamakau is a language immersion public charter school located on Oahu, that teaches students in Hawaiian language, shares Hawaiian values, and builds pride in students by allowing them to learn about their culture and identity.

Additional Info

  • Program Name: Kamakau School
  • Program Mission: To provide effective, open communication for our parents. To take action on behalf of our parents, and with our parents in ways that benefit the school, the students and our foundation.
  • Program State: Hawai’i
  • Program City: Kaneohe
  • Address: 45-037 Kaneohe Bay Dr, Kaneohe, HI 96744-2417
  • Phone: (808) 235-9175‎
  • Web Site: Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau
  • Length: 4:42
  • State: HI

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