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Ka Leo o na Kupa: Hawaiian Language Revitalization Efforts by Native (L1) Speakers
The island of Niihau is the sole remaining stronghold of Hawaiian language in the world. It is a community of native speakers of Hawaiian from infants to adults and is the daily language of life and place. Dr. Ipo Wong and Kahea Faria are products of this community and educators in the University of Hawaii system. This presentation will touch on their experiences and work in regards to the revitalization effort across Hawaii, as well as their home, Niihau. Note: This webinar will be recorded.

Dec 1, 2020 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kahea Faria
Assistant Specialist in the College of Education @University of Hawaii at Manoa
. Kahea is currently the only native speaker of the Hawaiian language in the College of Education in Hawaii, and is fortunate to be working with the last aboriginal, commonly referred to as, Native Hawaiian speaking community in the world through the duties and responsibilities of her position within the College of Education. Kahea is committed to the advancement of aboriginal Hawaiians through education
Annette Kuuipolani Kanahele Wong, PhD
Assistant Professor @Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language.
Dr. Wong's research focuses on documenting the practice of Niihau birthing and Hawaiian herbal medicinal practices specific to the Niihau community. One of the regularly practiced Hawaiian herbal medicines within the Niihau community is Apu Hala. Apu hala is a Niihau traditional Hawaiian herbal medicine that has been used in Dr. Wong's family to help fatigued birth mothers regain strength after long hours of labor and delivery of a newborn baby. There are no hospitals or medical doctors to assist pregnant mothers during labor. Therefore, the elders in the family have filled the role of midwives on Niihau in assisting pregnant mothers through labor, delivery,and postpartum care. Dr. Wong's grandmother, mother, and aunt were the midwives within her family who assisted during delivery. Dr. Wong's grandfather was also a well-known Niihau Hawaiian herbal medicine practitioner who prepared Apu hala for every pregnant mother who gave birth on the island.