MONDAYS 9:30-10:30am (check course start dates)
Taught by Kumu Kawika Makanani. Kumu Kawika Makanani holds a BA in Hawaiian Studies (UH Mānoa). Although his 40-year career as a Hawaiian Studies educator was conducted mainly in English, ’ōlelo Hawai‘i was always intertwined in his non-‘ōlelo curriculum. Knowledge of ‘ōlelo makuahine is crucial to understanding our kūpuna heritage, and also allows us to appreciate contemporary Hawaiian culture.
Course materials will be handed out at the first session. Seating is limited to 20 haumāna. Please contact the Nā Kūpuna Makamae center to reserve your spot.
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULE (while these classes will include many returning students whom are progressing through Kumu Kawika Makanani’s curriculum, new students are welcome!)
- Hawaiian Culture: Sept 17, 24, Oct 1: This 3-week class series is a survey of how the pre-contact Hawaiian people survived and thrived as seen through activities derived from their core concepts, beliefs, and values. Some aspects of cultural evolution in the 19th and 20th centuries, and contemporary events and issues, will also be discussed.
- Hawaiian Literature: Oct 8, 15, 22: This companion to the Hawaiian Culture course will touch upon stories and chants that help to illustrate the intellectual capacity, creative ability, and historical documentation of the pre-contact Hawaiian people. Both classics and mundane pieces will be discussed, along with efforts to record, publish, and translate them since 1778.
- Hawaiian Language Intensive: Oct 29, Nov 5, 19, 26: Papa Wala‘au Hawai‘I Intensive—This 4-week course is a continuation of the previous conversational Hawaiian language classes. This class focuses on providing conversational opportunities for the students.
Entrance on Keawe Street. FREE Parking!