Any suggestions for podcasts or videos or books?

Duolingo is great and all, but I really don't think that using only Duolingo will get me anywhere near fluent, at least not in Hawaiian. Does anybody have any suggestions? Maybe videos to watch or books to read, or maybe some podcasts to listen to?

August 14, 2019


Aloha e @dokks_2 , yes I agree that having supplemental materials outside of Duolingo would really be great and beneficial moving towards fluency. Some resources that I would like to share are

  • Kulāiwi; a multi-episode video program recorded in the 90ʻs I believe, by Kamehameha Schools. This series goes through basic Hawaiian grammar and vocabulary while illustrating use-cases through short vignettes w/ actors. this is an invaluable resource for a beginner, especially when it comes to pronunciation and intonation when communicating statements or when asking a question.

  • Nā Kai ʻEwalu - this is a college-level textbook series that was developed by Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani, College of Hawaiian Language of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Another invaluable resource to learning Hawaiian from a Hawaiian cultural point of view.

  • There are many children books that are bilingual now. Also, I know that The Hobbit as well as Harry Potter and the Sorcererʻs Stone are both translated into ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

  • As to ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi podcasts, I really do not know of any right now... I know there has been radio programming (local to Hawaiʻi) and some campus/community led podcasts/radio, but these have all been off and on to my knowledge and not really longstanding series. Hopefully someone else can add to my comment if they have more knowledge about ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi podcasts.

I hope this helps!!

August 14, 2019

Mahalo nui! I will definitely be looking into these! :D

August 14, 2019

ʻAe, ʻaʻole pilikia~~. I forgot to mention that Kulaiwi can be found on YouTube via the channel OIWI TV. I believe it is in a playlist by them now.

August 14, 2019


August 15, 2019

This is great! I had tried the youtube playlist from Kamehameha Schools like 10 years ago. I didn't know there were books translated, too. Thank you for the information!
I did see some college text books on Amazon that looked pretty decent. Ka Lei Haaheo and Learn Hawaiian at Home were two of the ones I looked at. I cannot attest to how good they are... yet. :) ~Christy

August 18, 2019

Look up Ka Leo 'Oiwi on youtube! It's a 13 episode beginner course made for local Hawaiians. The "Baibala Hemoele" is the christian bible in Hawaiian and you could probably easily find the pdf on google.

I also recommend :

"A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary" by Komike Hua'olelo"

"Spoken Hawaiian" and "Hawaiian Grammar" by Samuel H Elbert

August 18, 2019
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