ʻAha Pūnana Leo, a non-profit educational organization operating Hawaiian “language nest” immersion schools (11 preschools on five islands, one infant and toddler program, and co-administering four charter, Hawaiian medium, K-12 sites on four islands), has received funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support a four-year project.
The initiative will aim to create an accreditation process for Hawaiian Language Medium preschools, increase the academic rigor of the programs, and provide opportunities for teacher development and resources for families involved.
Language nest schools have been the driving force behind Hawaii’s language revitalization movement. Thirty years ago, teaching the Hawaiian language was prohibited – by law – in public schools. When the ban was removed in 1986, less than 50 speakers under the age of 18 remained. Now, thanks in large part to ʻAha Pūnana Leo, that number has grown to almost 5,000. With the new project and support of the Kellogg Foundation, the Aloha state can continue to celebrate native culture and the growth of the Hawaiian language speaking community.
To learn more, please visit ʻAha Pūnana Leo’s website.