Language Preservation

You may review a few of our funded projects below.

‘Aha Punana Leo, Hilo, HI

children preparing to sing and dance in honoluluʻAha Punana Leo was formed in 1983 to reestablish and develop the Hawaiian language. During the 1920’s the Hawaiian language ceased to be spoken by children when schools began mandating that the curriculum be taught only in English. Since its formation, ʻAha Punana Leo has been a key force in changing legislation in the state of Hawaii and also at the federal level.