World Languages Institute: Hawaiian

The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian language and, along with English, is an official language of the state of Hawaii. Our classes are a great way to start learning Hawaiian. Lessons are interactive and engaging. They are also easy to fit into your schedule because they meet one evening a week for eight weeks.

The Hawaiian for Beginners class is designed for adults with little or no experience in the language.

Along with helping you practice basic pronunciation, beginning Hawaiian lessons cover how to:
•Use proper Hawaiian grammar and syntax
•Ask and respond to basic questions
•Engage in simple exchanges
•Develop an understanding of the Hawaiian culture

Current Hawaiian Classes

  • "Papa Wikio Manaleo" - Hawaiian Film Series

    For students who have successfully completed Hawaiian 3 and above. Students will watch film interviews with native speakers (no subtitles), ... More »

  • Ka Pae Aina 2

    Brief historical overview of Maui, Hawaii, Niihau, and Kahoolawe through olelo noeau, moolelo, and mele. Introduction to type-o and type-a f... More »

  • Papa Malama Aina

    This course explores the ahupua'a system in ancient Hawai'i, as well as other distinct ecosystems, along with cultural/historical uses with ... More »

  • Papa Mo'olelo a me Kama'ilio 3

    Students must have completed 11 quarters of Hawaiian and be able to express themselves in Hawaiian. Continuation of passive voice and hiki.... More »

Featured Instructor

Jamie Lucero, Instructor and Translation Tools Expert

Jamie Lucero, Translation and Interpretation Certificate Instructor, is a translation tools expert who teaches others who are highly fluently bilingual how to use these tools. Read more. . .

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