Hawaiian Language – Read, Write, Speak

Wailuku, Hawaii, United States

Experience hosted by Ian

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) through this in-depth beginner session. We will cover nā pīʻāpā (the alphabets), pronunciation, common phrases, and you will write your first sentence!

We will also learn a very simple oli (chant) and cross examine similarities between the Hawaiian language and other Polynesian languages (i.e., Tahitian, Maori, Samoan, etc...)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

* This is a very in-depth lesson.

* Account for traffic – Our meeting location is in central Maui. 30-45 minutes from Kihei, 45 mins - 1 hour from Lahaina.

* Dress comfortably – Wailuku is warm in the afternoon & cold by evening. This session is dependent on the weather.
Learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) through this in-depth beginner session. We will cover nā pīʻāpā (the alphabets), pronunciation, common phrases, and you will write your first sentence!

We will also learn a very simple oli (chant) and cross examine similarities between the Hawaiian language and other Polynesian languages (i.e., Tahitian, Maori, Samoan, etc...)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

* This is a very in-depth less…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Pen and paper

Meet your Host, Ian

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 37 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a kanaka (Hawaiian) and a proud graduate of the prestigious Kamehameha Schools. I continued my studies at the University of Hawaii.

E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
The Hawaiian language lives on!
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From $35/ person

Where you'll be

This experience is held along the slopes of Mauna Kahalawai (the west Maui mountains). Enjoy gorgeous views of the mountain and the city. This session is dependent on the weather.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 37 reviews.

Drew
November 2021
Ian is very personable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed going through the basics of the Hawaiian language with him. He structured the content of the session very thoughtfully, allowing for instruction, Q&A, and some breaks just to allow us to better know each other. This is great for language nerds or anyone just looking for a little cultural immersion. We look forward to taking Ian's other offerings on our next trip!
Schyler
October 2021
If you're looking for a good jumping-off point for learning Hawaiian, this is the place to start! Ian is a thorough & knowledgable teacher, but you never feel like you're stuck in class. The exercises are fun and unintimidating, and Ian is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to local history and trivia. My favorite part came at the end of the lesson when we learned about the similarities of Hawaiian to other Polynesian languages - it's beautiful to see how everything is connected!
Suzanne
July 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed this experience! Ian was well-prepared and very pleasant to work with. He presented the content in a very understandable way, and he gave us opportunities to practice what we were learning.
Jessica
June 2021
The language class with Ian was so interesting! He was so flexible with our schedule and had everything set up when we arrived. Because of potential rain, we weren't able to sit outside in his backyard, so we were in the garage. It was still fun and definitely learned the basics of the Hawaiian alphabet, common words and phrases, history, etc. Overall, the company was great and it made our trip that much more cultural.
Hannah
June 2021
This was a lot of fun. The time flew by and we had the chance practice the language and get our tourist questions answered. Highly recommend!
Kerry
June 2021
Ian was professional, warm, nice and welcoming. We learned a lot about Hawaii and it’s language and we had a lot of fun doing it. Our teenagers who were reluctant to participate even said they had a great time and this experience will be something we will remember for life! Thank you, Ian! Our time here in Maui will be so much more meaningful after our time learning with you. 😊

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    Things to know

    Guest requirements

    Guests ages 13 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
    All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.