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Olelo of the week

University of Hawaiʻi News is proud to partner with Hawaiian language departments and Hawaiian-focused offices across the 10-campus system to spotlight a Hawaiian word each week. Every campus will take turns showcasing a huaʻōlelo (Hawaiian word) with the hope of educating and encouraging more people to learn and speak Hawaiian.

ʻŌlelo of the week: Hoʻokō

“I’m excited and grateful that staff and faculty from across the UH system as well as the UH Communications Office are willing to work together on this,” said Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Lipe, UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian affairs program officer. “What a beautiful example of laulima! I invite everyone to integrate the word into their hana all week long and practice it with others. It’ll be fun!”

In 2015, UH Mānoa launched its strategic plan, Mānoa 2025: Our Kuleana to Hawaiʻi and the World (PDF). The new plan, Mānoa 2025, articulates how the university will strive to meet its mission statement—”E hoʻomālamalama i kō mālama: Cultivating the potential within each member of our community,” and vision statement—“He lamakū o ke aloha ʻāina: A leading light of aloha ʻāina for Hawaiʻi and the world.”

In honor of Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language month), celebrated every February, organizers decided to launch the new endeavor this month. Every Wednesday, a Hawaiian word will be featured in the UH News email blast and on the front page of the UH News website.

For more on Hawaiian language events this month go to Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

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