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Hawaiian Language

I would like to recommend a new language to Duolingo. The Hawaiian launguage. It has no purpose, but it would be fun to learn. It has only 2 thousand speakers and could soon go extinct. It would be an interesting language to learn. The Hawaiian language has 17 letters: A, B, D, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, T, U, V, W and has 7 diphthongs: AE, AI, AO, AU, EI, EU, OU. Please like if you would like to start this language.

April 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flying_Frenchman

I brought this up a few months ago: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5449559

I contacted some people in the Hawaiian Studies field at U of Hawaii, but no one got back to me (they probably thought I was spam, or was selling something to them). :(

Imo I think it's kind of pointless waiting around for someone who's proficient in an endangered language to wash ashore on this topic on the Duolingo boards, so I always thought it would be better to contact the right people ourselves and see if they're interested.

Of course even if we find people and they're willing to volunteer for the incubator, it all depends on the staff's interest in deciding which language to give the OK on. I know of a few other incubator teams ready to work, but waiting to proceed...

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ghillert

I briefly chatted about this with Puakea Nogelmeier (http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hshk/people/marvin-puakea-nogelmeier/) in January. He said that back then Duolingo wasn't ready for Pacific languages but he also cited time constraints on his parts. Maybe time to ask again.

One, would think that offering Hawai‘ian would be a no-brainer. In Hawai‘i, almost every single road-sign or geographic place-name is in Hawai‘ian. Yet, language resources are hard to find.

See also the following Ted Puakea gave:

http://kaloko-mauka.blogspot.com/2015/01/hawaii-legacy-of-literacy.html

October 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nahe2x

`Anakala Puakea is the right person to start a search for Kumu ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi. There are so many graduates of Hawaiian Immersion Schools that perhaps some would like to be the part of starting something here on Duolingo. The language is definitely alive and there in an entire new generation that will make sure the Hawaiian language continues. E mau ke ola o ka 'ōlelo Hawaiʻi

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesPakel

I sit as a parent rep on Aha Kauleo and am part of the committee dedicated to using technology to increase language use. Aha Kauleo is a group consisting of 3 reps per Hawaiian Immersion school,where children are taught completely in Hawaiian, 1 admin reply, 1 teacher rep and 1 parent rep... We meet 4 times a year and I sit in a room of about 60 or so fluent Hawaiian speakers who representan even wider base.

Basically, I have the resource pool necessary to create a Duolingo course, I just need to know who to contact at Duolingo. We would absolutely love to partner with Duolingo in our efforts to continue to restore the use of the Hawaiian languages.

This would prove great value in helping to educate parents that may not speak Hawaiian to continue the use of Hawaiian Language at home after school lets out.

My email is jamespakele@gmail.com if anyone can connect me to the right people.

Aloha,

James Pakele

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ghillert

Aloha James - Did somebody from Duolingo ever contact you? Can't believe this thread is going on for 2 years now. Seems tricky to find contact details to poke somebody at Duolingo directly. If they have time to offer a Klingon course they should have offered a Hawai‘ian course years ago.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviPolasak

James, have you tried https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply ? It's the place where you can apply to contribute to a course. Hope you still want to do it :P

March 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/futureholder

I find this very important. We need to find a way to bring back the native languages that where once widely spoken in the lands in which the United States or Canada owns. It would be nice to see one of the biggest language learning websites in the world to bring endangered languages like Hawaiian, Cherokee or Inuktitut in the community for everyone to learn. It would bring more cultural awareness about the land, the history, and the people in which many people are living in or among.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jan_Eo

This official request was linked in the "I Would Like a New Course" guide, and I wanted to personally express my support for having this beautiful, endangered indigenous language available to anyone who wants to learn it via Duolingo! Please post and upvote if you're interested so we can continue to attract applications by Hawaiian speakers and public user support. It really does help!

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimCarr6

yes, please! I am desperately looking for ways to learn Hawaiian.

July 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linguafiqari

Don't forget that Hawaiian uses the glottal stop, too! I'd learn this language - I actually have a small book of a few phrases from when I went to Hawaii. Nani ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Makemake au iā ia! :)

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbbog10

I lived there for a period of time, and only a handful of native Hawaiians spoke the islands beautiful language. If duo lingo could make the course, we could bring it back! the only thing we need is people to contribute..... hmmmm

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/calvinkrause

A Hawaiian course would be amazing! When I was in Hawaiʻi, I was surprised that I didn't hear spoken Hawaiian at all. There are signs in Hawaiian (with spelling inconsistencies though) but that's it. It is very hard to find good, free learning resources (that aren't from 1995). How can I contribute? I'm obviously not a fluent speaker myself, but I'd like to contact some people who are. Do they just get in touch with Duolingo or is there an official application website for Hawaiian already or what would they do?

June 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeatingUp

We need people to send powerful emails to Hawaiian institutions. I will try my best

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattogucci

Agreed, would love to use Duolingo for Hawaiian! The best I can do now is self study with a copy Nā Kai `Ewalu from UofH Hilo, some practice worksheets from the Learn Hawaiian YouTube channel, and watching Ōiwi TV online. But duolingo would make it easier and more convenient because I would not have to lug around textbooks and worksheets with me. I was so disappointed that they allowed Klingon in the incubator over the inclusion of a real language. I hope it doesn't set a precedent for other fiction languages at the expense of real, living languages.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pknelsen

To my understanding, no language added to the list of available languages on Duolingo comes at the expense or inclusion of another. It all comes down to having enough engaged volunteers who are fluent in both represented languages, to make it happen. Simply put, there are currently more Klingon speakers dedicated to creating a Duolingo program than there are Hawai'ian. Now, there is nothing wrong with that. What needs to happen are more phone calls and emails to people proficient in the movement to save the Hawai'ian language. They would need to be the ones that get involved in developing Hawai'ian as an option here.

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattogucci

Thank you for the clarification! I thought I had read somewhere that Duo only allowed a certain number of languages to incubate at any one time, so a new language could be added only when an incubated one graduated from beta. I'm glad that is not the case. Hopefully that there can be enough people interested in Hawaiian to get it on Duolingo!

November 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesPakel

I sit as a parent rep on Aha Kauleo and am part of the committee dedicated to using technology to increase language use. Aha Kauleo is a group consisting of 3 reps per Hawaiian Immersion school,where children are taught completely in Hawaiian, 1 admin reply, 1 teacher rep and 1 parent rep... We meet 4 times a year and I sit in a room of about 60 or so fluent Hawaiian speakers who representan even wider base.

Basically, I have the resource pool necessary to create a Duolingo course, I just need to know who to contact at Duolingo. We would absolutely love to partner with Duolingo in our efforts to continue to restore the use of the Hawaiian languages.

My email is jamespakele@gmail.com if anyone can connect me to the right people.

Aloha,

James Pakele

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/napsta-blook

You can apply to add a language here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply I think you have to click enter other, write "hawaiian", and then enter "for english speakers" you have to write your application in both languages

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laeem

Aloha, I am fluent in this language and would love to share my knowledge with you! I can set up a tutor set on Quizlet, which is basically like Duolingo. Let me know if you are interested! :)

September 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benni_eb

I am interested :)

You can contribute to a course: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

September 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHagen

Aloha Laeem, I'd be very interested and most appreciative. Mahalo nui loa !

February 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niahrya

Hi Laeem, by chance: have you set up any tutor set on Quizlet by now? ^^"

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rob.Loefstedt

It has plenty of purpose especially if you live in Hawaii or Polynesia!

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastiansss.

...Aaaand Hawaiian is now in the incubator!

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattogucci

FINALLY!! And it happened while I’m here in Kona vacationing!

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarinLynn1

Hooray Hooray! Now - where do we find it?? I went to sign up and couldn't find it anywhere? Help help - can you help?!

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niahrya

Thanks Sebastian.s & Mattogucci, for pointing it out that it's in the incubator now yay! party!

at KarinLynn1: you can find it here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/hw/en/status

June 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Millie59511

Go to where you can choose new languages. It you are on your phone you might not be able to see it. However, on other devices you should be able to see that it's "hatching". Click up top for Doulingo to contact you when it's done. Hope this helps!

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linguafiqari

Hey, just to let you know that Hawaiian actually only has 13 letters: H, K, L, M, N, P, W, ʻ, A, E, I, O, and U. B, D, R, T, and V are used for loan words.

May 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam711804

Just to let you know... Hawaiian does have 13 letters (if you count the okina), but they don’t have v. Instead, they use w, which can make both the English w sound and the English v sound depending on the placement in the word.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/charis_sharp

I would love to have a course for the Hawaiian language! Duolingo could practically rescue the language by creating interest for the language and could be used to help save this beautiful language from extinction!

July 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/warriorkings

As someone who is well on the way to speaking Hawaiian, I would like to make a correction. There is only 13 letters in the Hawaiian language: A E H I K L M N O P U W ʻ (ʻokina is considered a letter). Although the letters you states do appear, they are not a recognized part of the Hawaiian language. I would love to see Hawaiian on here though! Great suggestion!

September 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pixiwix

I am a linguistics major particularly interested in endangered and dying languages. I would be extremely interested in this course! If I can be of any help, please let me know.

March 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ghillert

So according to this poll:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23559229/Poll-for-courses-wished-for-by-2018

Hawaiian is the most asked for language by far ... I just hope it is not another 2 years before we see that happen.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s-partridge

That's actually pretty impressive. Hawaiian wasn't even included, but there are more write-in votes for it than any of the listed languages.

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fimatic

If a Hawaiian course was created, Hawaiian citizens could start learning their state's original language ;)

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgstcd

There is something very strange about living in a place where so many of the place names come from a language which is no longer spoken there, or which has become marginalised. It has happened to me a few times, with different languages each time, and each time it seemed as if the place were haunted by ghosts.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mattcolor

What are some other places like that?

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgstcd

Almost all of Ireland and Scotland, most of Wales, parts of New England. I'm sure there are more.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miacomet

The case of New England is especially strange because there's generally a mix of "proper English" place names which sound completely unremarkable, and Native (usually Wampanoag) names. A lot of people think the Native names just sound comical (e.g. Cuttyhunk, Cummiquid, Seekonk). I think people aren't really conscious of the history that these names represent. It would be interesting to hear how it is in other places.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgstcd

The other places I mentioned are different cases, because the descendents of the people who spoke those languages are still there, just speaking English in most cases, while what happened in New England was simply genocide. There's no other word to describe it.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

A lot of places in the South Island of New Zealand are named in the thought-to-be-extinct Southern Māori dialect.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oulenz

Almost all of Scotland? Isn't Scots quite widely spoken in the Lowlands?

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgstcd

Scots certainly is, but Scottish Gaelic is now spoken almost exclusively in Na h-Eileanan Siar, a.k.a. the Outer Hebrides.

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oulenz

As far as I know, Scottish Gaelic was never spoken across the whole of Scotland, so many (most?) people still speak the same language they did hundreds of years ago (Scots).

(If you go back fifteen hundred years, Scots is an 'immigrant language'. But the same is true for Gaelic, which is basically the descendent of the language of Irish settlers and only precedes Scots by a few hundred years. To put that into perspective, Human settlement on Hawaii also dates back to about that time.)

This is not meant to distract from your main point. I personally do think people have a responsibility towards older languages of their territory.

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrick547549

I am Scottish and English- My 9-year-old little sister is crazy over being Scottish and gets really mad whenever we talk about the UK- she won't accept that there really is a UK, and wants to believe that Scots would never do something so "traitorous" as she calls it.

June 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janaeb02

That's ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janaeb02

Don't say the word UK- or else, Patricio (Pal)

June 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/napsta-blook

I think there should definitely be a way to learn endangered languages and others that need reviving. It's much more interesting than learning traditional "popular" languages.

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livefree1

I'm shocked this isn't more popular! It should be.

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kitsune-anima

My parents met in Hawaii, and I feel that it's a strong part of my life. My uncle lives there and my grandfather died there. I would love to honor my heritage by learning the language.

October 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mshideler16

Aloha 'oe! Hawaiian would be an amazing addition to Duolingo! It's not nearly as endangered as people think it is. While there are only 2000 native born speakers (mostly on the island of Ni'ihau), there are upwards of 25000 who are fluent worldwide. I grew up in Hawaii and took 3 years of this beautiful language in high school!

There aren't many online resources. One can read Nā Kai 'Ewalu and listen to online videos, but the only way to really learn this language is to take classes. I'm in college now, 2600 miles from the nearest Kumu 'Ōlelo Hawai'i, and being able to continue it on Duolingo would be a gift.

Hawaiian is so similar to other Polynesian languages; I can partially understand Samoan and Maori, even though I've never taken either. If Duolingo wants to ever branch into the realm of Pacific Languages, Hawaiian is a must. And as the only non-English official language of the USA, I'm really wondering why it doesn't already exist here.

Kahiko a me nani ka 'ōlelo Hawai'i. 'O ku'u 'ōlelo o ku'u home keia. 'A'ole ho'omakemake 'oia. Mahalo nui loa.

March 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattogucci

I was reading Nā Kai 'Ewalu and I loved it! I enjoyed learning Hawaiian using the Hawaiian terms for grammatical and sentence structure, and the pepeke to diagram sentences was so helpful. But like you said, you need a class (or Duolingo) environment to really learn it. The book was extremely accessible and well written, but without the Teacher's Edition I could never check my work. The woman who does Learn Hawaiian Online used to create homework and quizzes and provide answer keys but she stopped doing it a few years ago. So I could only get as far as Chapter 5 or 6 in the book I think :(

March 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laeem

Aloha! https://quizlet.com/_42f0n5 is a study/learning set that I made and it can really help anyone learn Hawaiian. I have been learning Hawaiian for 9 years and I would be happy to help you. Feel free to check it out! Mahalo! :)

January 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tazi387704

I checked it out, thank you! It works pretty well =) Although I have to say, I think on the numbers the languages got switched around, and I have trouble with the ' because it doesn't accept the one my keyboard is able to make, but that might be because I have a German one XD

January 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarinLynn1

I am TOTALLY JAZZED! Mahalo! Can't wait to work on this! // QUESTION: How do I find out exactly how it works? (I'm old! ;) Not quite Luddite but sometimes need help...) For instance, I clicked on the "sound" icon at the vocabulary and got the English words. I already know how to pronounce those ;) - how do I get the Hawaiian pronunciation? :) ??

January 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tazi387704

I checked again, try out the sound button on the numbers, there you get the hawaiian words (even though the 'Okina is pronounced like "y" for whatever reason ^^) I guess the quizlet system only allows for the pronounciation of one word (ideally the one you want to learn) but it looks like the columns are preset on which language is which, but it isn't consistent in the learning set, but I don't know how to fix it =/

January 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

It depends on the order of the words. The audio always plays for the second word, whether it is English or Hawaiian. Though there are a lot of problems with its Hawaiian pronunciation.

January 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/somayyau

This is a great idea!! I hope this happens soon!

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TexasDrawl

Isn't there supposed to be a Disney movie in the making of a Hawaiian princess or something? Perhaps when that comes out the language will get enough attention for a spot on Duo.

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/panda_richards

Moana. She's Polynesian and apparently goes to Hawai'i, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). I'm not sure if she's Hawai'ian :)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/napsta-blook

no she's not. it doesn't specify which island she's from

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clydene65

I do hope Hawaiian is added to Duolingo; I very much wish to learn more of this beautiful and melodic language!

May 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverStar17358

I think I would be cool to learn Hawaiian

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishbro44

Yes it would be good! Aloha

November 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/datboi_Travis

Wow, I never expected this to get so many likes and positive comments. =) Unfortunately I do not know Hawaiian nor do I know anyone who does. However, there are hawaiian courses on other sites and are some colleges who study hawaiian so it is possible to get people who know hawaiian to develope the language here on Duolingo so its not hopeless. Ty for your support!

January 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tahntahn

This definitely has my vote. I am an 1/8 Hawaiian and an 1/8 Japanese. Sadly, both languages aren't avaliable on Duolingo. This would help others who want to dive into their heritage but cannot because of the limitations (for example: I can't attend a college that teaches Hawaiian where I am). It would also help the islanders in Hawaii. On my last trip there, we were told that not many people speak the language anymore. It's mostly the elders. The language is dying, and it would be nice for duolingo to have it documented so others could learn it. It just might save the language.

January 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cinderty

Just wanted to voice my support for this! When I was in 6th grade I tried to teach myself Hawaiian using library books, podcasts, and vocab word printouts. Seeing it on Duolingo would be a real full-circle moment for me. :)

January 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NataliaGon865479

I completely agree. I'm a duolingo user learning Italian but I also just started taking up Maori and Hawaiian and had to get 2 other apps just to learn. I would absolutely love if they added the Hawaiian language so I can condense my apps to 2 instead lol

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comfy_Cat

Hi! Just curious... What other apps were you using for Maori and Hawaiian? Would love to know.

August 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meri613716

For me, Hawai'ian has real purpose. I race outrigger canoes where most of the calls are in Hawai'ian. Many of our paddlers come from Hawai'i and speak the language. I have more opportunity to speak Hawai'ian than my other two non-native languages combined, having practice three times a week. It would be awesome to be able to communicate with other paddlers in the language most dear to them.

June 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anon525

Hawaiian only has 13 letters: A, E, I, O, U, H, K/T, L, M, N, P, W. And the 13 letter is the 'okina which is basically an apostrophe that represents a glottal stop. K is pronounced T only on Ni'ihau. And all vowels and a few of the dipthongs can be short or long and have a macron (or "kahakō" in Hawaiian). So like a, e, i, o, and u can be ā, ē, ī, ō, and ū. And the dipthongs are: au, ai, ao, ae, eu, ei, iu, ou, oi, ōu, ēi, āu, āi, āo, āe.

I wish i knew more hawaiian than what I do now, I would totally contribute to a hawaiian course. But if anyone that happens to stumble upon this trying to learn hawaiian here are a few resources for learning 'Ōlelo Hawai'i.

Old Hawaiian grammar book - http://ulukau.org/elib/collect/hawaiiangrammar/index/assoc/D0.dir/book.pdf

If you live in the united states you can get Mango Languages through your library, at mangolanguages.com. They offer hawaiian.

if you are willing to spend a bit of money then possibly try out this website - learnhawaiianonline.com. It's a bit pricey and i've never tried it myself but it is in association with the University of Hawai'i at Hilo according to the youtube channel that has free instructional videos that go along with at textbook from the website. Also it is only a one time price and on the website there is unlimited access to audio samples.

I've never been dedicated to learning it that much to buy something but I have a basic grasp and can still sorta form sentences but I haven't practices much in a while.

Anyway good luck learning this beautiful Polynesian language random stranger!

February 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joe841121

The Kaua'i dialect also kept the t - Mahalo for the info on resources!

February 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comfy_Cat

Thanks! :)

August 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rasmusol

Yeah, this language would be perfect for me! The language of happiness and surfing! Upvote!!!

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JazzyJesse0201

Maui resident here. Hawaiian is such a beautiful language and I don't speak that much of it. It would be amazing to see here!

May 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaeHansen

This would be a great language to start! I've been wanting to learn Hawaiian for a while!

May 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JordiFaxon

such a beautiful language! i really want to learn hawaiian!

June 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Penguin2103

Would love to learn Hawaiian! I love how melodic it sounds. :)

June 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrick547549

I will tell my little sister... she is on Duolingo as well and is crazy for Hawii!!!

June 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamie42743

YES!

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheSpeakingEagle

Has my vote!

October 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StephenBartlett

I think that would a great idea. I grew up on Oahu in the 1950s & 60s The Hawaiian language was being lost. However, there a number of movements to preserve and develop Hawaiian culture and language. Many of these folks I believe would find this site helpful and would be ones to contact to assist in the development of a Hawaiian language site.

December 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abizrihays

I would love this; I have a friend who is 100% native Hawaiian and she is always making fun of me. I've picked up the (friendly) insults, but I'd like to have an actual conversation with her.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviPolasak

Have you asked her to try to contribute?

March 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abizrihays

I thought about it, but she just underwent some major life changes recently and I haven't talked to her lately. :/

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Q112358

I wholeheartedly vote for this too - I would love the idea of Duolingo being a small (or big!) part of revitalizing this minority language. Come to think of it, I think it would be nothing short of awesome to have a Duolingo for minority / endangered languages. Create the interactive vibes and game format that Duolingo has and use it to allow communities to hold onto and strengthen their grasp on the language. I see this already happening with Guarani, Irish, Welsh, Hebrew etc and don't see why it can't be done for languages with even fewer speakers.

I like this idea so much - I would probably finish the Hawaiian tree in no time!

January 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert_Atl

I'll add my voice to those who want Hawaiian on Duolingo. I have access to many of the best resources, but they are scant compared to many other endangered tongues. Duolingo would be a great help.

October 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Millie59511

From three years ago to now (5-5-2018) I would have thought a course would have popped up by now. But I would love to take a Hawaiian language course. I have hopes to move there, and knowing the natural native tongue would help my transition, I think. I've read a lot of the comments. The interest is here, there was even someone with the means (James Pakele). Now all Duolingo has to do is take action.

May 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jesters1

I would like this very much to happen

September 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaSedlack

Yes!

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindseyrow2

Aloha ko'u hoa! While I think getting in touch with UH Manoa professor would be a good step in the right direction, it isn't realistic right now. (They're on Hawai'i time) I do think we should get in touch with people from Kamehameha (ka - may- ha-may-ha) Schools. That, I think would be our best bet for now! I lived on O'ahu most of my life. Living in Hawai'i has had a tremendous impact on my life and even today, 2 years after I've moved to the nā moku'āina ' (mainland), I still can't help saying da kine, asking for a pupu's menu when I go out to eat, and half the time I don't ask 'how its going?', I ask 'howzit?' Anyways, my Kumu ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi gave my class a great resource to use for learning Hawai'ian and its FREE. Its done online, thru Kamahameha Schools Distant Learning.

Kamehameha Schools, Main website - http://www.ksbe.edu/

About KS - http://www.ksbe.edu/about_us/

Who to contact - http://www.ksbe.edu/about_us/contact_us/

KSDL Online Free Hawai'ian Language Learning - http://ksdl.ksbe.edu/hawaiian_resources/kulaiwi

Mahalo and Na'u ka hau'oli!

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laeem

Aloha! I would like to say that I have released a new document on Quizlet that teaches you the basics of Hawaiian. And, that there is a HUGE purpose to Hawaiian language. Itʻs the most important culture of Hawaiʻi. Anyways, here is the link if you are interested:

https://quizlet.com/245924609/hawaiian-basics-flash-cards/

I will be updating this site, please keep in touch :)

Mahalo nui

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiovanniCamarere

It has a HUGE purpose! It’s a Polynesian language that is related to other Polynesian languages and it is a resurgent language!

May 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seaaaoh

I wish a Hawaiian would come to Duolingo as a language learner and then help Duolingo set up a Hawaiian section.

June 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/winterdragonfly

that would be really cool. i have been looking for languages that barely anybody uses and i think Hawaiian would be a great language to learn.

June 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlishaMarieKid

Me too! Sounds cool!

August 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dragonseeker999

Totally Hawaiian!

September 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marinarose52302

I'm interested in Hawaii history and culture so this would be wonderful.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chippy82577

Since a hawaiian lady said i had a hawaiian name it would be cool to learn.

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niahrya

I would love to learn more of the Hawai'ian language. I have been in a Hawaiian dance group for quite a while - but in the meantime two years have passed since I had to step out due to timely reasons. We were using original hawaiian songs and tried to get used to the language because we were relying on the lyrics for our movements (hawaiian dance is kind of story telling while dancing)... At these times I could understand some parts but have forgotten most of it by now.

November 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evd22

I would totally do it!!! Please do!!!

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LudoBard

Id love to learn this language.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shraen

I would love to learn Hawaiian as well! It is a wonderful language, I am fascinated by its sweet rhythm and adorable words, but unfortunately I could not find a way to learn it (I am from Hungary which makes it even worse, as Hawaii is on the opposite side of the Earth...). So if anyone from Duolingo is reading this, please be as kind as to create a Hawaiian course. :) <3 Thank You in advance!

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARAVANDER7

I agree so much! I've been looking all over to try to find somewhere to learn it, because duolingo doesn't have it, but it's just too hard without duolingo. They could have so many people speaking Hawaiian if they would just add it as a language, and it would be less "endangered".

February 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaMitche89062

It's wonderful to know that we have the Hawaiian course up and running at last.

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrowingPol

I started learning Hawaiian on Mango Languages and it is very good! I never would have thought it would be of such good quality. hopefully Duolingo adds it to its list. Most of the languages available on Duolingo are of European origin, though. Perhaps it will take quite a while to happen.

March 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buckets_0518

I agree!!!

March 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TD8885

Me and at least one of my friends would love this course

March 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/graceamira

I would love to learn the Hawaiian language.

March 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ezeller

YES!!!!!I would LOVE to learn the hawaiian language!! Ke Kahakai!

March 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-countrygirl-

i would appreciate the Hawaiian language being added.

March 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KityKat96

I've heard a lot of different Hawaiian words because of watching Hawaii 5-0, and I still get excited when I hear them because I think Hawaiian is such a neat language. I really hope they have it to learn on Duolingo one day.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Durellion

I love Hawaiian culture. Perhaps some fun aspects of the course could be things like kava culture, or even surfing. I am sure that this would be welcomed by people of Hawaiian ancestry as well as people living in Hawaii.

April 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LenaMikala

I'd love to see a unit on Hula Vocabulary!! It's one of the first things you learn in Polynesian dance and the words have a lot of general cross-over (huli, pau)

February 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niahrya

well, I was part of a Hula-group here in my country. I would have a list of vocabulary from that. I filled that form for "contribution to a course" but haven't received any feedback yet. - we will see if there will be any feedback.

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasOKane

It would be good to see a Hawaiian course on Duolingo

April 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suzaria

The Hawaiian language is not a dead language as you suggest. I find it spoken throughout the islands. It would be a worthwhile language to add to Duolingo. Mahalo

July 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewNewm16

It could save the language if Duolingo followed through. See what happened with Welsh and Irish. They were almost extinct until Duolingo made a course out of them.

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/madi_mcentire

I would love to see the Hawaiian language here on Duolingo! It would be an amazing way for people to begin learning about Hawai'i's culture and people. Since Hawai'i is also a popular tourist destination, adding the language to Duolingo would bring in more users to the website/app.

August 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diaraleonard

its been 2 years since this comment.. and recently i have taken a interest in hawaiian things since that's part of my culture and no one in my family doesn't know it very well because it wasn't passed on. But i think they should add it because it would be nice.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mortaine

Just posting to voice my support for this suggestion! I'd love to have Hawaiian on Duolingo!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yerellybla

i would also like to learn how to speak hawaiian. My reasoning being that i have very close friends with this language and i would like to be apart of their culture language.

October 17, 2017

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    i would love learning this language! (especially as a ukulele player)

    December 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grace_Dunc

    PLEASE!!!! I would love to learn the hawaiian language so much

    December 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adaultman

    I am very interested in learning Hawaiian and the resources are few. I can't believe that Duolingo still does not have a course for this beautiful language. I guess I will keep waiting...

    January 10, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexa20853

    Considering there are a few fictional languages already in Duolingo, I too believe it is important to recognize real dying languages, such as Hawaiian. Great idea!

    January 30, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErikaBaby

    I visited Hawaii when I was in middle school and of course the only words I knew (like most people) were "aloha" and "mahalo" but I really really wanted, as a kid, to be able to say more because I think I wanted the Hawaiian people to know that I appreciate them enough to speak their language and not solely be a tourist

    I now have several friends who live in Hawaii & it would be really cool to visit them with a bit more knowledge than my first trip

    March 28, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kwaengii

    If this got taken into action, I'd be happy to help in the incubator.

    April 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benni_eb

    Hawaiian is in the incubator now!!! So you can apply and help with the course :)

    June 25, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maeve631421

    I don't speak any Hawaiian but I would love to learn the language! the only things I know are the names of some fish from kids' books :) this is a great idea!

    April 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katalohilani

    The Hawaiian language DOES HAVE A PURPOSE and if you're not a Native Hawaiian you should not be so ignorant to make such a disrespectful statement. I'm sure it goes without saying that if you are going to attempt to learn a language, you should first be respectful of the language, its people, as well as the culture. Otherwise, you will be much better off pursuing a different language.

    October 29, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SophiaZ.

    The Hawaiian culture is a very interesting culture. I would enjoy studying it and learning the language!

    April 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SophiaZ.

    Great idea! How do you suggest a language on Duolingo?

    November 19, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seaaaoh

    Go to 'Discussion' and then click 'New Discussion'.

    October 23, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seaaaoh

    I mean, that's how you start a discussion. But to suggest a language, I guess this will help you out: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194

    October 23, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gamergirlmmo

    hey that would be great please do make that language and im kinda new here so that would defentily make my time with duolingo way more exiting thx

    barbiekitty2:)

    December 1, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KhadeejaJoy1

    i am from hawaii. would you like my help?

    June 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattogucci

    This would be great thank you! I am currently learning Hawaiian on my own, but it requires using two textbooks, watching two sources of online videos, and then podcasts to basically get what I could in one spot with Duolingo. It's a wonderful language and I want to help contribute to its revitalization by speaking it and appreciating it.

    June 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KhadeejaJoy1

    can i help? i got the resource to do this except installing a hawaiian keyboard but still. please sign me up for this!

    June 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaeHansen

    We would LOVE your help! Thanks for offering!

    June 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheGermanSpy1

    That would be super awesome! Ae, ka mea e noho me!

    November 3, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarinLynn1

    Hawai'ian at one time was but now is by no means endangered, and it is spoken by a lot more than 2,000 people. It is basically only used in Hawai'i but its use grows daily and is important in understanding the culture.

    January 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chey5593

    please! let's get a jump on this! i would love to speak hawaiian and i'm already learning it but i need duolingo's help!!!

    March 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elise152211

    Same here, i found good classes on youtube but i think duolingo will work much better.

    March 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chey5593

    mind sharing the videos? :)

    March 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elise152211

    This is the first class, the sound quality is ok, you can understand everything but it can be hard to see once she starts writing on the white board due to a glare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR0rVQvRGJo&t=63s

    March 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keleighcuarisma

    my family is from Hawaii and I want to learn

    March 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maddy127007

    I recently went to Hawaii with my family, and the language is beautiful! I would love to learn it.

    April 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peonke

    Please, please add Hawaiian! I don't want to see this language disappear. Duolingo has the position/ability to help in that noble endeavor! I don't know any, but I would absolutely learn it for my own knowledge, but primarily to preserve it!

    May 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XanderThatch

    This would be so much fun to learn!

    May 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alice_lasvegas

    Don't let this language die! Please add this to the list! Thank you!

    June 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drburman

    I'm dying to learn the language I really think they should add it!!!

    June 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tazi387704

    I'd love to learn Hawaiian!

    July 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roniblack

    Would love to learn!!!!!

    July 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amplifymysound1

    2 year old post, and I strongly support this idea. How can I help to make this happen? I'll do whatever it takes to learn this language and save it from extinction

    August 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maddy187696

    I want to learn Hawaiin!! disappointed that it isn't on here

    August 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IoaneKaulia

    I don’t know what you mean by Hawaiian language has no purpose but every language has its purpose. I’m Hawaiian and here in Hawaii there are a lot of children who go to Hawaiian immersion schools and as far a dying race well that’s due to America illegally occupying Hawaii witch they have and still is committing war crimes such as genocide,rape,apartheid just to name a few. But it’s understandable they don’t teach the true Hawaiian history in schools not even in Hawaii

    August 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lumpydumpling

    Oh this would be so exciting!
    Hawaiian is such a gorgeous language. I hope this comes to fruition! :D

    April 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janaeb02

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jebby87

    I would love to learn Hawaiian for two reasons. 1) Fro the fun of it. 2) To keep the language alive.

    September 6, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1238723

    It would be great to have a Hawaiian language course. It looks like an interesting language.

    November 7, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AllyMClaire

    I would love this I'm trying to self teach atm and its hard with pronuncation. Such a beautiful language

    January 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChloeDowbnia

    i would love to speak hawaiian

    January 14, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abizrihays

    This would be awesome

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/McKylaMorgan

    Yes, I agree

    March 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elodie499560

    i think hawaiin is good because it is not quite the same to our language but is similar so will be easier to learn

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eagleatrike49

    yes please

    May 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverBens1

    I would like to learn it :)

    May 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bulbasaurus

    I personally think Te Reo Māori is more likely, I don't think Hawai‘ian has enough speakers to be released anytime soon.

    July 6, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reyna857112

    I totally agree!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AngliqueFo3

    yyyasss

    July 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/djwolf922

    I agree!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheYeetBoi

    YES!!!

    December 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScottSempl1

    I would also love to learn to speak Hawaiian! I'm Canadian but my wife and I were married in Maui in 2009 and just got back from our 5th trip there. How I wish it was easier to live there, I'd drop everything in a heartbeat and move there.

    January 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophie226709

    yues hawaiian !!!

    February 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aldebran

    Yes

    February 11, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kinohi123

    i speek hawaiian

    March 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eileen312891

    I agree. Hawsiian would be a great language to learn!

    May 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Penney32

    I want this course!

    <h1>helpmesurvivewaiting!</h1>
    June 26, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kain5056

    I really want to learn Hawaiian. It says that it would have launched 09/09/2018 (estimated launch), but it's still at 0%. When it's available, I will definitely start it! :-)

    August 14, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndieLynnFrench

    Does anyone know the status of the Hawaiian language course? It is in the incubator and had a launch date of 9/9/18 but it didn't launch. I am new here, and signed up primarily to learn Hawaiian. Mahalo~Andie

    September 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BradJones11

    It looks like it was recently updated with a launch date in October.

    https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/hw/en/status

    September 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndieLynnFrench

    Thanks, Brad. I should have rechecked the incubator before posting.

    September 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

    But even that date may be overly hopeful.

    September 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattogucci

    It’s a shame none of the newer languages in the incubator write progress updates anymore

    September 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/louistec555

    I see where both sides here are coming from. On one (very selfish) side, I'm thrilled. I don't think I would have done 9 Hawaiian skills if a full length tree was released, I maybe would have done 5 at most. Since I'm not actually interested in speaking Hawaiian at this point, it's great for me.

    I hope that these courses will be expanded, with the good publicity these releases brought causing Duolingo to continue investing in them. Maybe this is a new model for these minority languages. Release a "teaser" course, gather support, expand. After all, I really doubt that Navajo would have 30 contributors for this being the end product. Am I being naive? You bet! I hope I'm right, but I'm not sure I would place any money more than $2 on it.

    About the Duo fan boy/girl business, I do fall in that camp. For a while, I used it intensively for French, in preparation for a trip to France. At this point, I've pretty much progressed out of it. The stories are fun, there's vocab in the skills that I can pick up, but it's so much better to watch movies, read books, and talk to French speaking people. For the other languages you see on my profile, these are languages I've played with. My goal was never to be fluent in Hungarian, I just wanted to play around with the language, try it out, get a feel for it. Duolingo has nurtured my love and curiosity with languages.

    In France, I bought a cute, tiny little book, titled something like Learn Breton in 5 minutes a day (in French). Flipping through it, it's basically Duolingo in a book. Heavy on memorizing phrases at the beginning, gets more complicated, not gonna make you fluent. But the thing is, I haven't really used it. But I have used Duolingo more. Maybe it's because I'm lazy. But all I know is that I love Duolingo not because they're perfect and can do no wrong (far from it), but because I can taste languages without learning a new program, or having to deal with a book. It fits my needs.

    I agree that for people looking to really speak Navajo and/or Hawaiian, these courses are disappointments. But many others are excited, not simply because "Duolingo is the best".

    Good luck with your language learning!

    October 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
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    Since Klingon (of all languages...) was added, I have nothing against a Polynesian language that is actually endangered. I wouldn't actually learn it myself, I'm more of a utilitarian, but the efforts to preserve and document such languages are well worth it in my view.

    April 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flying_Frenchman

    Also, I think Hawaiian would be as great of an attraction to Duolingo as Klingon, if not more (think of all the tourists that would flock to learn Hawaiian before their trip, I'm sure they could even outnumber the devoted Trekkies!)

    Not to say I'm against Klingon, but I would think Hawaiian would serve as a more meaningful addition b/c not only will it increase the site's notoriety but it will also empower an existing, dying culture, and that's a win-win in my book. Also, online resources for learning Hawaiian are slim pickings, so Duolingo could capitalize on this lack of competition!

    April 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimberlytylr

    I personally learn languages because I am interested in the languages themselves, not for the ability to speak with people. I would love to learn Hawaiian and I picked up a grammar when I was last there but I am also very excited about Klingon coming out. :-)

    March 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eileen312891

    I also learn languages because they are interesting. Love ti have Duo offer Hawaiian

    May 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaMitche89062

    How refreshing, Kimberly and Eileen, to hear about people interested in languages because they are fascinating and beautiful, and not learning for commercial reasons. Just a preferential quirk of mine, so have a Lingot each ladies.

    August 29, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiovanniCamarere

    With all due respect... Hawaiian Culture is alive and well. Threatened, maybe... but we have an increasing number of Hawaiian speakers here. The sound of people conversing in Hawaiian is like a slice of heaven.

    May 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

    I agree. Thousands if not millions of Americans and international visitors go to Hawaii every year and many would be surprised to learn that Hawaii has its own language and that unique-ness of Hawaii compared to other touristy places like California or New York or Florida will generate some curiosity and demand.

    February 22, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bvogel1

    I agree; I think preservation of languages in danger of becoming "lost" is a very worthy goal.

    April 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimberlytylr

    I completely agree! The idea of a language dying is one of the saddest things in the world to me. Yes, the people who used to speak that language are obviously still communicating using another language but I have found that the more I learn a language the harder it is to translate into my native language due to the nuances that my native language just cannot convey.

    March 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dragonseeker999

    Are you a translator?

    September 29, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RickgSkates

    wow 1399 day streak

    November 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/twelvetongue

    Of course I like it, the Hawaiian language is in danger, but Being married to a Fijian, I would also like to see Fijian. Fijian is the most vibrant and multiethnic of all the Oceanic languages as it is not only spoken by Fijians, but also local Indians, Chinese, and Anglo-Fijians.

    April 22, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Q112358

    Why not both Hawaiian and Fijian? They are distantly related (or not so distantly), and it makes sense to learn both if possible as it might strengthen memory for both in the learner's mind. I personally would love to see both of these languages.

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/panda_richards

    You're the only person I've seen mention Fijian, but I think it would be a great addition. I am campaigning for Te Reo Maori to be taught on Duolingo, but I think it's important for Pacific languages to still together!

    Let's call Bainamarama! haha Vinaka Vakalevu

    August 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

    Are we talking Ni‘ihau or Oahu here?

    July 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AKicsiMacska

    I thought Hawaiian only had 12 letters? (not including dipthongs, but including the glottal stop)

    January 13, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Akihiko64

    Hawaiian only has H, K, L, M, N, P, V, and ' as consonants.

    February 28, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MicheleHussey

    Careful-you may offend thousands of Hawaiians actually learning and speaking the Hawaiian language via immersion schools and within Hawaiian communities and families! Please don't make assumptions and spread incorrect information!

    October 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Millie59511

    @MicheleHussey: To whom do you speak?

    October 14, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BribriL2009

    Olelo Hawaii has 13 letters- 7 consonants, 5 vowels and the okina. It does have a purpose, to unite kanaka maoli.

    December 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewG.St

    Hawaiian has been experiencing a rebirth since the 1980s . I would love to see duolingo support most of the pacific island languages spoken in the pacific (Tongan, Samoan, Tahitian, and micronesian languages)

    March 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewG.St

    I also started using duolingo to help refresh languages I studied or have used in the past -- Spanish, German, and Japanese ! Let's get as many languages on this site as possible. Great tool for preserving languages used in the world today!

    March 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Candlesmith

    With all due respect (and given the original post was written three years ago), but the Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters, not 17! Five are vowels (each with a long pronunciation and a short one): A E I Ō and U. Seven are traditional consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P and W, and one is the glottal stop called ʻokina. There is no B and no D in the Hawaiian language, nor is there a T Becky in Hawaiian is “Peke”, David is “Kawika”, (Robert is “Lopaka”) Taro is “kalo”, and “taboo” is “kapu”.

    April 13, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comfy_Cat

    I like. But I don't like that you say "it has no purpose." Rude...

    August 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Candlesmith

    I see repeated references to someone having said ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi ‘has no purpose’ or that The Hawaiian culture itself has no value. I’ve now read this entire thread and don’t find any such comment anywhere, only outrage at the implication.

    As a fourth generation kaʻamaina, I absolutely share your outrage at the very thought of either of those comments and at such attitudes! I expect visitors to our islands to treat our precious āina, as well as the ocean and it’s creatures, with respect and and leave with an appreciation for not just their beauty, but the fragility of our island homes. It’s generally to my repeated & everlasting disappointment.

    It seldom happens. They love it here, but not enough to avoid trampling the naupaka that protects the beachfront, or pick up their trash. Learn the language? “Aloha” they get, (if not practice) “Mahalo”, maybe. The rest? They will never understand

    August 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

    It's not in the replies. It's in the original message way at the very very top. It says "it has no purpose, but it would be fun to learn".

    August 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Candlesmith

    Ahhh, I see. Dumb remark! All language has purpose and our dear Hawaiian has very special purpose to those of us who live in these islands and cheer every step taken to restore ʻŌlelo Hawai’i along with other aspects of this proud culture and see the land, and ocean protected.

    Mahalo for the clarification.

    August 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Parislover1217

    Yes we should!!!

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