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Support West Maui’s Hawaiian Language Immersion Program

By Staff | Sep 3, 2015

A unique and terrific element of the Lahaina Complex of schools is the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program.

In the program offered at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School and Lahaina Intermediate, students are immersed in the second Hawaiian language, becoming fluent speakers at an early age.

Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawaii (Hawaiian Language Immersion Program) was established by the state Department of Education in 1987 and at Princess Nahi’ena’ena in 2000.

Its mission is: “To achieve quality education based on knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture as the foundation upon which individuals become culturally responsive, sensitive and productive adults who contribute significantly to all levels of Hawaii’s community and the world.”

While the program is a great fit for West Mauians of Hawaiian descent, all children are welcome.

To learn about and support the program at both schools, the community is invited to attend Ho’oulu 2015.

The fun, family cultural event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on campus at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School.

There will be continuous live Hawaiian entertainment and dance featuring Reuben Pali and Halau, Mapuana Samonte and Halau Hula Malani o Kapehe accompanied by the Ahumanu Trio, Leohone, Old Lahaina Luau, Homestead, Matagi and Malino.

Makalapua Kanuha will emcee the day’s festivities.

Other activities will include ono food, arts and crafts, a keiki zone with bouncing castles and Hawaiian games, and a silent auction.

Attendance donations will be accepted ($5 each for persons age 13 and up). Keiki 12 and under will be admitted free.

For more information, call Tiara Ueki at 385-2782 or e-mail tkavalley@yahoo.com.