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June 2008

Pacific Northwest News


A`o Makua

By Kimo Ahia

I’ve told many about the fantastic "on-line" series of courses I have been taking, and it’s unbelievable the number of folks across our country and even from other parts of the world who have enrolled. Many are coming from hula halau so they can get a better background. The cost is very affordable at $25 for a 3-4 week class segment.  There are registration incentives along with completion gifts.  The study materials along with all the videos and audio segments are outstanding.  I invite you to give it a try!

Would you like to reconnect with your roots and share the Hawaiian culture with your 'ohana (family)?  Join Kamehameha Schools' Virtual Strategies and Distance Learning in a new online enrichment program, A'o Makua, designed for parents and caregivers, educators, Kamehameha Schools Alumni, and all other adults (including non-Hawaiians) interested in the Hawaiian culture and language.

Discover Hawaiian values, beliefs, and traditions in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.  Be inspired to find connections between these traditions and your own life experiences while meeting and sharing with people around the world.  Course s will focus on these three topics:

1.     Mo'oku'auhau - Geneology

Mo'oku'auhau courses will cover the Kumulipo, Story of Haloa, researching your geneology, Pauahi's geneology, traditional Hawaiian naming practices, and activities you can do with your ohana.

2.     Mo'olelo - Story

Mo'olelo courses will cover sotries about Hawaiians from different areas around Hawaii and focus on their connections to their one hanau(sands of birth) as well as the mo'olelo of their families while encouraging students to document their own mo'olelo.

3.    'Olelo Hawaii - Hawaiian language

`Olelo Hawaii courses will provide beginning lessons on greetings, simple sentence patterns, vocabulary, songs, and chants.

In the spirit of a'o, to learn and to teach, Kamehameha Schools invites you to embark on this journey of discovery and reawakening.  Please visit http://ksdl.ksbe.edu/adult for more information and to register.

If you have any questions, please e-mail aomakua@ksbe.edu

Me ke aloha pumehana,

Kimo Ahia     

Kimo Ahia graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and now lives near Walla Walla, keeping Hawaiian culture alive in that corner of Washington state.


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