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Eia kā Kamakoa lāua ʻo Ipolei (naʻu ka unuhi i ka ʻōlelo haole) – Here is what Kamakoa and Ipolei had to say (translation done by me)

What made you decide you were going to make a commitment to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi to your keiki?

Ua hoʻoholo mua ʻia ka makemake a ʻiʻini hoʻi e hānai i nā pulapula a māua ma ka ʻōlelo kūpuna wale nō, ma mua o ka hōʻea mai o lākou.  ʻOiai ua ʻike ʻē māua i ka waiwai a koʻikoʻi hoʻi o ka hoʻōla hou ʻia o ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, a pēlā nō i hoʻomaka ai ka ʻohana e mālama i ka ʻōlelo o kākou wale nō ma nā wahi a pōʻaiapili a pau. ʻAʻole ia he koho, ʻo ke ola nō ia.

The decision to raise our children speaking Hawaiian was made before they came. Since we already knew the value and importance of the revitalization of Hawaiian language, that was the beginning of our family using only our language at all times and in all situations. It isn’t a choice, it’s life.

What helps you kūpaʻa in that commitment – to make the ʻōlelo flow in your home?

He kōkua nui ka hiki i nā keiki ke komo i nā kula hoʻōla ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  A ʻo kekahi mea, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi nā ʻanakala, nā ʻanakē, nā hoaloha hoʻi a me Tūtū/Papa.  Ma ka hale, ʻaʻole māua ʻae i ka namu haole, he kūpaʻa wale nō ma ka Hawaiʻi. Loaʻa pū nā hōʻailona a kāleka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi e kōkua ana me nā ʻano hua ʻōlelo like ʻole o ka hale.

The kids being able to attend Hawaiian immersion schools is a big help. Also, their uncles, aunties, friends and grandparents speak Hawaiian. At home, we don’t allow English, we are steadfast in speaking Hawaiian. We also have Hawaiian language cards and signs to help identify all the different stuff in the house.

What do you find challenging about this commitment?

ʻO ka mea paʻakikī, ʻo ia hoʻi ka nui namu mai waho aʻe, a me ka laha loa ʻo ka ʻōlelo haole a ʻaʻole lawa kā kākou.  Nui nā ālaina o ke ao a ʻaʻole naʻe mākou hāʻawi pio.

The tricky thing is English from outside world – its ubiquity and not enough Hawaiian being spoken. There are many obstacles in this world, but we don’t give up.

Eia nā inoa o kā lāua mau keiki hiwahiwa:

Keliʻihālaʻihulumanu-5, Kawainuiomānā-2, Hāweomōlaʻeleleuli-1

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