Project Hoʻopoeko

ʻO Ke Alelo Matua Kēia

A team of innovative Hawaiian language educators created Ke Alelo Matua in 2019 under an Administrative Native American (ANA) grant through Papahana Kuaola. This grant was in response to growing demands for the normalization of Hawaiian language in workplaces and community organizations within the Koʻolau districts of Oʻahu.

The goal of normalization is met through two clearly defined objectives around the classroom teaching methodology and the inclusion of traditional Hawaiian wisdom, in addition to online supplemental learning tools and workplace-specific vocabulary.

Participants in Ke Alelo Matua engage with a methodology that originates from Dr. Caleb Categno’s Silent Way Method. Learners enjoy the use of Cuisenaire Rods and other manipulatives known to support successful language acquisition.