KS Maui Students Provide ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Labels at Pukalani Superette
To cultivate a strong Native Hawaiian identity to instill confidence and resiliency in its learners, Kamehameha Schools promotes perpetuating Hawaiian culture and language.
Combining ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and 21st century technology, students from the Ola Nā Iwi club on the Kamehameha Schools Maui campus have provided their neighbors in Pukalani with Hawaiian translation labels for everyday grocery products at Pukalani Superette.
After gaining inspiration from labels done by Pūnana Leo o Niuolahiki at a KTA store, on Hawaiʻi island, the club, led by KS Maui Kula Kiʻekiʻe kumu Kēhau Lucas, took on the project in hopes of featuring the labels at Pukalani Superette, a famous grocer on Old Haleakalā Highway, just minutes away from the KS Maui campus. After months of hard work, the labels were displayed in the store in December.
“Mahalo nui to Pukalani Superette for allowing our haumāna this opportunity to spread ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi farther than just the classroom walls,” said Lucas, Kumu Aʻo of Ola Nā Iwi. “These labels allow ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi to become a part of the linguistic landscape of the Pukalani community and provide a fun way to learn basic Hawaiian words.”
The labels feature the Hawaiian word for items in the Superette, with the English translation below. Also featured on the labels are QR codes, which can be scanned with smartphones, and will provide an audio recording of the word, for correct pronunciation, as well as usage in a sentence.
The Ola Nā Iwi club on the KS Maui campus is dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture and language in different ways, including ways to share ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi out in the community.