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Event celebrates schools’ perpetuation of language

  • COURTESY GERRY MOONEY

    Children representing the Hawaiian immersion schools on Maui, top, sing at a past Ho‘omau event. They are in grades kindergarten through high school.

  • COURTESY KILI NAMAU‘U

    Hokuao Pelligrino, right, father of one of the school’s preschoolers, helped pound poi at a past Ho’omau event. He owns Noho‘ana Farm, a taro farm in Waikapu.

  • COURTESY GERRY MOONEY

    A display of items for the live auction at a past Ho‘omau event. Unique live-auction items have included a 2,000-pound cow.

If a group of Hawaiian educators hadn’t met in 1982 to develop the immersion concept of Punana Leo , Kili Na-mau‘u is certain the Hawaiian language would have been lost. Read more

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