Talk Story with Kahōkū Lindsey-Asing
February is Hawaiian Language Month! We’re celebrating by sitting down with Native Hawaiian speaker, educator, and true ambassador of Aloha, Kahōkū Lindsey-Asing.
We met up with Kahōkū at Pūnana Leo o Mānoa, a Hawaiian Language immersion preschool for keiki ages 2-5, to talk story about the meaning of ALOHA and the importance of sharing ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) across generations.
As site coordinator for Pūnana Leo o Mānoa, Kahōkū works to continue the revitalization of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi through early education - work that Kahōkū hopes will be carried beyond the classroom.
To hear more from the staff of Pūnana Leo o Mānoa on teaching the meaning of ALOHA and what ALOHA means to them watch below!
Quote from Pūnana Leo - E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi = The Hawaiian language shall live.
Mahalo e Kahōkū for sharing your 'ike and manaʻo with us!
Want to learn more? Check out these recourses:
Niuolahiki: Online Hawaiian Language Classes & Resource Center
Puke Wehewehe: Online Hawaiian Language Dictionary
Kanaeokana: Online Hawaiian Language Resource Center
Ka Hale Hoaka: Online Hawaiian Language Classes
Names of staff:
Kahōkū Lindsey-Asing (Kahu)
Kahanu Cuban (Kumu)
Moani Schenk-Lee (Kumu)
Kēhaulani Wong (Kumu)
Kahanu Giron (Kumu)
Song is “Ka Beauty Kī Hō’alu” by Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing
Music by Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing (@darealkamakoa)
Engineering by Ryan Hiraoka (@ryanhiraokamusic)
Ka Beauty Kī Hō’alu was created for the ALOHA Collection ‘ohana, with a sole purpose to be used as background music specific to the Pūnana Leo o Mānoa: Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i feature, February 2023.
Video and photography by Nani Welch Keli‘iho‘omalu
Select images pulled from Pūnano Leo's website