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Providing curriculum support and resource services to Hawaiian medium programs, and Hawaiian language coursework.
The Hale Kuamoʻo is the primary State office providing educational support in the development of curriculum materials for Hawaiian medium programs, such as the Niʻihau schools and the Papahana Kaiapuni Hawaiʻi located at public schools on six islands. Curriculum materials include math, science, social studies, computer science, language arts and literature, foreign languages, arts, health and physical education, and Hawaiian culture, history and language. Other Hawaiian medium curricular support includes multi-media resources, teaching aides, and enrichment materials.
The Hale Kuamoʻo also prints a student-focused Hawaiian language newspaper-Na Maka o Kana-and a yearbook-Ka Hoe Uli-that combine submissions from schools statewide with University student journalistic skills.
Coordinating and publishing the annual edition of the Māmaka Kaiao dictionary.
The Hale Kuamoʻo coordinates the activities and publications of the Lexicon Committee, which coins new vocabulary or contemporizes existing Hawaiian terms. The Lexicon Committee usually works with English words that require equivalents for the Hawaiian medium curriculum, and Hawaiian words that are updated for modern usage. Editions of the Mamaka Kaiao dictionary are distributed annually.
Teaching and preparing students to become Hawaiian immersion teachers at the Hawaiian language immersion schools, and support the existing Hawaiian immersion schools.
The Hale Kuamo'o provides an excellent training ground for University students who contribute to the many curriculum development projects involving research, translation, original material development, lay-out, graphic design, computer technology, and audio-visual media. Students bridge their talents and interests by applying the academic study of Hawaiian language and other subjects to their work while also gaining valuable job experience.
Providing an excellent training ground and valuable job experience for University students.
The Hale Kuamoʻo provides an excellent training ground for University students who contribute to the many curriculum development projects involving research, translation, original material development, lay-out, graphic design, computer technology, and audio-visual media. Students bridge their talents and interests by applying the academic study of Hawaiian language and other subjects to their work while also gaining valuable job experience.
Promoting indigenous language revitalization through international outreach.
The Hale Kuamoʻo conducts indigenous language outreach in the Americas, the Pacific, and beyond through involvement with organizations such as the Native American Languages Issues Institute and the Polynesian Languages Forum.
The Secretariat of the Polynesian Languages Forum, an organization of government representatives from Polynesia's fourteen nations, is headquartered at the Hale Kuamoʻo. The secretariat promotes the region's indigenous languages through local programs and cross-cultural exchanges, and a biannual international conference.
The Hale Kuamoʻo collaborates on projects with public and private agencies, at local, national, and international levels.
This Kualono website is maintained as a project of the Hale Kuamoʻo. http://www.olelo.hawaii.edu/
The Hale Kuamoʻo publishes a semi-annual newsletter, Ke Kuamoʻo O Keʻelikōlani. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact the office directly.
The responsibilities of the Hale Kuamoʻo are shared among the Hale Kuamoʻo Curriculum Materials Director, the clerical staff, numerous student assistants, and four UH Hilo Hawaiian Studies faculty whose contributions are in addition to their regular University duties. There is also participation of other language experts outside of UH Hilo. Each individual specializes in a specific area.
In addition, the Hale Kuamoʻo has a very dedicated group of students without whose diligent efforts the Hale Kuamoʻo could not produce the Hawaiian educational materials.